JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Maryland December 17 program announcement #general


Susan Steeble
 

Speaker: Manuele Wasserman
Title: "The Jews of Alsace-Lorraine"
Date and Time: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, December 17, 2017, for our next program:
"The Jews of Alsace-Lorraine," presented by Manuele Wasserman. This
presentation will focus on the Jews of Alsace-Lorraine, who began
immigrating to America in the 1820s. Unlike Jews >from Eastern Europe,
who traditionally settled in the gateway cities of the Northeast,
these Jewish immigrants were attracted to cities like New Orleans,
whose French heritage reminded them of their own. Thus, they
contributed to the establishment of distinctly Southern Jewish
communities and traditions.

The presentation will demonstrate how genealogical resources have
evolved over time and how persistence can help overcome brick walls.
As an added bonus, it will serve as a travelogue describing trips to
New Orleans and Alsace-Lorraine, areas that are both rich in Jewish
history.

Manuele Wasserman, Ph.D., is an avid genealogist. For more than 20
years, she and her husband, Richard Wasserman, have been actively
researching their family histories. Intrigued by how a Sephardic
Jewish girl born in Egypt came to marry a nice Jewish boy from
Baltimore, they embarked on a roots project tracing the past
migrations of their respective families across the globe. This led to
the creation of a family tree that now numbers well over 1500 members
and reaches back as far as the early 1600s. As an adjunct to this
project, they have traveled to numerous countries to do on-site
research, thereby immersing themselves in the local history of their
Jewish ancestors. Retracing the footsteps of their ancestors has
brought genealogy and Jewish history alive for the Wasserman family.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at
www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations
Baltimore, MD

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