JRI Poland #Poland Gesher Galicia Spring Program in NYC: Sunday, May 18: "Austria, Poland, Ukraine!" #poland

Pamela Weisberger

You are invited to Gesher Galicia's spring regional meeting coming up
in New York City:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

11:00AM - 1:00PM

Center for Jewish History
Forchheimer Auditorium
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

"Austria Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days
of Discovery"

In addition to updating all of our new research projects and website,
there will be a special multi-media presentation:

GG board member, John Diener, >from Ottawa, Canada and Pamela
Weisberger will talk about their trip in April 2013 which was timed
to attend the opening of the building Museum of the History of Polish
Jews in Warsaw, where they also got to dine with Piotr Pininski, great
grandson of Count Leonard Pininski, the magnate nobleman who once
owned the Galician town of Grzymalow where John's father and Pamela's
grandfather were born. They examined rare 18th century Jewish records in
the Austrian State Archives and after a short stop in Krakow, to give a
presentation at the JCC to the local population trying to discover more
about their Jewish roots, they journeyed to Przemysl and toured the Polish
State Archives. Once in Ukraine (after walking across the border!)
escorted by Alex and Natalie Dunai, they made research stops at the
Lviv and Ternopil archives, and visited Grzymalow, its ruined synagogue,
cheder and Jewish cemetery. Learn about the trip's highlights and the
challenges of archival research in foreign locales (>from white gloves
to burnt documents and moldy dust) and discover the exceptional
opportunity to connect past to present through investigative
genealogical research and shtetl travel.

Admission is free. No reservations are necessary.


John Diener is an Ottawa, Canada businessman who is also the
vice-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Ottawa, and is on
the board of directors of Gesher Galicia. John co-sponsored the
filming of all matzevot in Zhvanets, Ukraine; the data on these 1,200
stones was submitted to JOWBR and he has amassed 2,500 names on his
family tree. John is shtetl leader for Grzymalow, Ukraine and writes a
monthly column, "Connecting the Branches," for the Ottawa Jewish
Bulletin. He is the proud owner of Saslove's Meat Market in the center
of Ottawa's historic marketplace, which has been an institution in the
city since 1954.

Pamela Weisberger is president and research coordinator of Gesher
Galicia and 1st V.P./program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society
of Los Angeles. She is also a professional genealogist and has
conducted research in Polish, German, Israeli, Ukrainian, and Austrian

Hope you can join us there! (To be followed by the JGSNY meeting at
2:00PM on naturalization records: www.JGSNY.org.)

Directions to the Center for Jewish History are here:

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA

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