JGSGB - Dutch and Sephardi SIG 30th November #sephardic


Gina Marks <ginagem@...>
 

A date for your diary
Dutch and Sephardi Special Interest Group Meeting
Sunday 30th November 2014
Council Room at 33 Seymour Place, London W1 >from 2.30 to 6.00 pm.

Speaker: Margery Cohen
"Genesis: An Indian Childhood -- a beginning and an ending."

This is a very interesting and unusual subject and even if this is
not your own particular field of research, please try to come along
and support us. Other areas of research can be very interesting in
their own right and having seen some of Margery's wonderful family
photos, we highly recommend this talk.

It takes the Programme Committee a lot of time and effort to
organize these events, so we look forward to seeing as many of you
there as possible to hear Margery's talk and of course to join in
the round-the-table discussion about everyone's research after the
talk and a refreshments break.

As always, non -members are very welcome to join us for a very
small contribution, so please pass on the details to anyone else
you think might be interested.

More information about the speaker:
Margery Cohen was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) to parents of
Baghdadian origin. She grew up among people of all faiths and
cultures, until she left India with her family in the mid '60s.
She trained as an accountant, and works for a small city-based
practice. Her passion is music, and she sang for many years as a
member of the Zemel Choir, and later, with the London Symphony
Chorus. Margery went back to Mumbai on a tour organised by Jewish
Renaissance, and was inspired to write an article for Jewish
Renaissance about her childhood and early memories. It was her
first trip back to her birthplace after 45 years. For the first
time since she lived there, she was able to visit her former
home, school and the graves of her grandparents. She will talk
to us about her family origins, her life growing up in India,
and the end of that thriving community. Her talk is entitled
"Genesis: An Indian Childhood -- a beginning and an ending." This
is her personal story about what it was like living in India in
the twilight years of the Raj.
She will be happy to answer questions at the end of her presentation.

Please RSVP Gina Marks if you intend joining us -
ginagem@... - for security purposes and so that we can
supply adequate refreshments!

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