Correction: JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County November 4 Program When Gravestones Lie with Janette Silverman, Ph.D. # JGS News

Jan Meisels Allen

Please excuse me, I had a typo in the title of Janette’s topic in the subject line not the blurb. The correct title of her program is When Gravestones Lie

Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV



The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County's program is Monday, November 4 7:00-9:00 PM at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Light refreshments will be available.


Program:  When Gravestones Lie


As Jewish genealogists, we depend on gravestones to provide certain information which might not appear anywhere else: the Hebrew names of the decedent and his/her father. What  happens when the information on a gravestone is incorrect? What if we can't find the gravestone? This discussion will focus on two case studies and the research involved in finding the correct information in one case, and why the gravestone in the second case couldn't be found.


Speaker:  Dr. Janette  Silverman  is a Senior Genealogist Research Team Manager at Ancestry ProGenealogists, specializing in Eastern European and Jewish genealogy. Janette’s doctoral dissertation, In Living Memory, explored her family’s background in Eastern Europe and their immigration to the United States from 1885-1925. Janette serves on the IAJGS Board of Directors since 2018 and was lead chair of the 2016 IAJGS conference in Seattle Washington. She served as Ukraine SIG coordinator 5+ years.


Traveling Library:

The traveling library with our A and C books.  A list of which books are included are listed on our website   The library is available starting at 1:00 PM.


Schmoozing Corner:

The schmoozing corner will begin at 6:30 PM and will be facilitated by one of our senior members.


Security Measures:

Increased security measures are in effect at our host, Temple Adat Elohim. Be prepared to stop at the security kiosk and inform the guard that you are attending the JGSCV meeting. If you park in back of the Temple, the gate to the courtyard is now locked. You will have to walk around to the front of the building to access the courtyard and entrance to the Social Hall.



Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive. You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.


Nominations:  According to the Bylaws, anyone else who is eligible and wishing to be nominated to the Board can do so during the 4 November, 2019 meeting of the Society. An individual may nominate him/herself or another. No second is necessary. Nominees must have been members in good standing of the Society for at least one year. Any person that is nominated from the floor must be present and orally agree to serve on the Board if elected, or if not present must have signed a written statement indicating their willingness to serve if elected.


There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV.

We started our 2020 membership campaign. Renew or join now. Dues will increase by $5.00 starting January 1, 2020 but by renewing or joining now  membership is good through December 31, 2020! Checks and cash only!  Membership forms for 2020 will be available at the meeting and they are on our website


JGSCV is looking forward to seeing you on November 4!


More information about JGSCV is available on our website:


Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV


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