JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Greater Philadelphia November 2016 Meeting #general
JGS of Greater Philadelphia November 2016 Meeting
Date: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel 8300 Old York Road Elkins Park, PA 19026
Speaker: Harry Boonin, Author, Founding Member and first President of JGSGP
Topic: Jewish Boxing in Philadelphia a Century Ago
Harry was born and raised in Philadelphia and became involved in Jewish
genealogy in 1977. He has written a number of articles for Avotaynu, The
International Review of Jewish Genealogy. Harry has co-authored a book about
his family with his cousin David J. Goldberg (The Davidows: The Experiences
of an Immigrant Family, 1995). It contains a little of the Jewish history of
the city of Elizavetgrad (today, in Ukraine, Kirovohrad). He has written and
published The Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia: A History and Guide 1881-1930,
which was awarded the Ben Franklin Award of Excellence for Educational
Books/Directories by Neographics, Graphic Arts Association of Pennsylvania,
New Jersey and Delaware. Harry's next book was The Life and Times of
Congregation Kesher Israel: The Story of the Synagogue at 4th & Lombard
Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Surrounding Neighborhood. This
book contains the story of the beginnings of Zionism in Philadelphia.
Genealogical charts are fine, and we all love them, and love to add new
members to the charts. But we must realize that the years our Russian Jewish
ancestors settled here, say >from 1881 to 1924, was one of the most
tumultuous periods in American Jewish history. The movies began, newspapers
flourished, humans flew in the sky and died in the carnage of WWI,
electricity flowed into private homes, the wireless (radio) brought news
through the air, Zionism was born, Tin-Pan Alley was a boulevard of dreams,
and wonder of wonders, in 1928 there were more Jewish boxers nationally than
there were >from any other ethnic group in the country, including the Irish
and African Americans. These background stories are what made our ancestors
lives meaningful. I will talk about four Jewish boxers >from Philly, how I
researched their lives, and the role Jewish boxers played in immigrant
His latest book, Never Tell A Boy Not To Fight, is a collective biography of
four Jewish boxers >from Philadelphia who fought a century ago, and includes
the first full account of the Benny Leonard vs. Lew Tendler lightweight
championship fight in Yankee Stadium, attended by over 58,000 fans, in 1923.
It is the most famous fight involving two Jews.
Mentors will be available >from 1-1:30 PM to help with your research efforts.
JGSGP website http://www.jgsgp.org is now available with latest news,
upcoming meeting notices, and links to Philadelphia resources.
We can also be found on Facebook.
Please note that JGSGP has a Speaker's Bureau which is available
to local groups on the various subjects concerning genealogy.
Lois Sernoff [JGS GreaterPhiladelphia]