JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSGW February 2017 Meeting Announcement #general

Robin Meltzer

JGSGW February 2017 Meeting Announcement

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington will host its February
2017 meeting on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Beth El
Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304.

Program: "Debunking the Three Myths of Jewish Genealogy"
Speaker: Irene Goldstein Hantman

For generations, three persistent myths have blocked people >from researching
their Jewish ancestors: No one is left who knows anything about our family;
all the records were destroyed in the Holocaust; our surname was changed at
Ellis Island. Irene's light-hearted presentation puts these ideas to rest
and illustrates some surprising findings waiting to be discovered. If you
are just beginning your research, the talk will reinforce your decision,
boost your confidence, and perhaps give you some ideas about the path you
are taking. If you have some experience under your belt, you will enjoy this
fresh look at how to think about your research. And if you have pondered
giving talks to other organizations, consider stealing the template for this

Irene Hantman has worked on her family tree intermittently for nearly 30
years. She has presented talks on today?s topic for Jewish and other
organizations. Irene served on the board of directors of the Jewish
Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, and on the board of governors of
B'nai B'rith International, for which she co-chaired the Center for Jewish
Identity with emphasis on Jewish genealogy. A professional writer and
editor, she edited many resources published by Avotaynu, including Where
Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust
and A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames >from the Russian Empire. She also wrote
the section on Caribbean research for the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish
Genealogy. She has also conducted oral histories and edited family history
books for clients.

After the meeting, there will be a members only Beginner's Workshop from
3:00 to 5:00 PM. Membership information is available at: Workshop registration is limited
to 20 and needs to be done in advance by e-mail to Faith Klein at by February 7th. There is no charge for this
workshop but you must be a member of JGSGW to take advantage of this

JGSGW Guest Attendance Policy
A non-member may attend the monthly JGSGW meeting as a Guest for a $5.00 fee
payable at the sign-in table. The $5.00 Guest fee may be applied toward
payment of annual JGSGW membership dues if dues are paid at the same meeting
at which the guest fee was paid. JGSGW members requiring personal
assistance at a meeting due to a health condition or disability may bring
someone to assist them free of charge.

Robin Meltzer
VP Communications, JGSGW

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