Special Event: Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Leah Kushner

A Special ZOOM event by the Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

Title: Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics

Sunday, January 24, 2021 2pm PST

For more information and to RSVP for this event
Leah Kushner at SCJGSociety@...

About the Presenters:

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a journalist, genealogist, and founder of
the award-winning “Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook”
(37,000+ members/101-countries). She is the US Genealogy Advisor for

Schelly was an early proponent of DNA for genealogy, and co-admins
several DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA. She has traced her Ashkenazi,
Sephardi and Mizrahi roots across Europe and the Middle East for more
than 35 years. Her articles have appeared in JTA, Reform Judaism,
Hadassah, NGS Quarterly, Avotaynu, and numerous Jewish and general
genealogy publications. Schelly is a founding member, Centro Sefarad
NM (New Mexico); president, JGS of New Mexico; and media coordinator,
Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies.

Maria Apodaca’s family has been in New Mexico since arriving with the
Juan Onate expedition in 1598. She was born and raised a Catholic in
Albuquerque before finding out, at 14, her family’s true heritage. She
made her return to Judaism in 1999 and is active in many Jewish
organizations. Her affiliations include: founding member and event
coordinator, Centro Sefarad NM; vice president, Jewish Genealogical
Society of New Mexico; outreach coordinator, Society for Crypto-Judaic
Studies; and member, New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. She shares
her personal story and the Sephardic saga as a speaker (since 2016)
for the Road Scholars program.

For membership information: SCJGSociety@...

Leah Kushner

SCJGS: 7960 B Soquel Dr. Suite 370, Aptos, CA 95003

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