Belarus SIG #Belarus The Belarus SIG at the Conference #belarus


As you may have read in the most recent update >from the conference team, the
Belarus SIG lunch has a guest speaker arranged by the conference committee
Here's the lunch description >from the program organizers "In 1793,the central
part of Belarus, including Minsk, became a part of the Russian empire.
In addition to being the capital of Belarus it was also a center of Jewish
life and home of many Torah sages and Yeshivas that attracted students from
all over Europe. Before World War II, Jews made up 40% of the total
population in the city. Join Moscow born, Jewish filmmaker, researcher and
travel professional, Michael Masterovoy, as he takes you on a tour of a
present-day Belarus, which resonates with the past. View a short video of
several Belarusian shtetls, walk the streets of Movsha Shagal's (Marc Chagall's)
Vitebsk with Michael (and view the museum) and learn about the positive aspects
of travel to a socialist state with a human face, the land of vodka and honey
that echoes with the footsteps of our ancestors."
The lunch is on Tuesday, July 13.On the same day, we will hold the Belarus
SIG meeting in the afternoon. I will be attending the lunch and co-chairing
the business meeting. David Feldman, co-coordinator, and Ruth Silver,
research coordinator, are helping to put together the slides that show
all the projects in progress and our achievements for the year.The conference
committee has organized a "market fair" experience on Sunday, July 11.
JewishGen SIGs can have a booth. I am unable to attend on Sunday
If anyone >from the SIG would like to organize materials about the
SIG and Belarus and set up a booth, let me know and I will put you in touch
with the conference contact. Here's more info about the market faire:
Sunday, July 11, 2010 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Come one, come all to our very
special Market Square with a Jewish genealogical and family history theme
Experts and mavens will be there staffing every "pushcart" to provide
assistance and guidance. Represented will be (almost) every region where
Jews once dwelled, plus examples of old maps, vital and landowner records,
antique photographs and postcards, translation assistance, shtetl crafts,
Jewish cooking...and more. Come to browse, to ask for assistance in getting
started on your research, identifying your shtetl, solving family mysteries
or simply to sample all the wares. Food and kosher selections available
for purchase. A klezmer concert by Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi follows
later in the afternoon and again in the early evening I look forward
to meeting members at the conference.

Sharon Fingold,
co-coordinator of the Belarus
Note: On vacation May 5-20, 2010

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