Upcoming Programs from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh #dna #sephardic #jgs-iajgs #announcements #events

Steve Jaron

Mark your calendars! Upcoming Programs from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh.
On August 29th at 1pm Eastern Michael Waas will be presenting his talk “Muestro Yerusha: Jewish Heritage and Identity in the Ottoman Empire”

Sephardic heritage and history can be presented in radically different ways in different places. Michael Waas, co-administrator of the Sephardic Diaspora group on Facebook, will discuss three heritage projects in the former Ottoman Empire—Salonika, Izmir and Tire—which have each taken a different approach to the task. Each of these cities has vibrant and active Jewish heritage projects. However, their shared history as Ottoman Jewish communities and the fact that they each have ongoing projects is where their similarities end. Learn about these historic communities and how others see us.

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On September 19th at 1pm Eastern Adina Newman will be presenting her talk “Practical Genetic Genealogy & Endogamy: Making Sense of Your Ashkenazi Jewish DNA Matches”

Does your family tree look like tumbleweed? Do you have thousands upon thousands of DNA matches that make no sense? DNA matches that don’t show up for your parents, or matches that seem to all match each other? Don’t give up! Learn tips and techniques to mitigate the effects of endogamy in your DNA family search.

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To celebrate the intersection of Family History Month and International Jewish Genealogy Month, The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh will be hosting an Ask The Experts Panel with Tammy Hepps, Caitlin Hollander, Jarrett Ross, and Michael Waas on October 31, 2021 at 1pm Eastern. These experts come from a variety of backgrounds, interests, and areas of expertise. For more information please download the flyer. Please register by September 30 for a chance to submit your questions in advance to one or all of our panelists. Download the flyer to learn about each of our experts.

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On November 14 at 11am Eastern we will be hosting our first hybrid program with Author Jessica Weible.

On assignment for a small-town newspaper in rural Pennsylvania, rookie reporter, Jessica Weible, meets Joan Swigart, a creative fireball and “pioneer in print.” As the two women forge a relationship based on their passion for storytelling, Joan reveals a mystery that she had discovered years ago, but had never solved—a pile of dead letters found in an abandoned general store, just before it was torn down. Joan gives Jessica the letters, each stamped and dated over a hundred years ago, and encourages Jessica to investigate the untold stories of the people and places contained in each one.

What begins as yet another assignment for the reporter, a young millennial who relies happily on email and texting as the primary means of communication, develops into a heartfelt mission to tell the story of the people and places in the letters. The young reporter’s journey takes unexpected twists and turns through the quiet lumber towns of Pennsylvania, the early American settlements in Massachusetts, the bustling crowds at Ellis Island, the violent strikes at the Passaic textile mills, the world of immigrant Jewish families, and beyond.

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Cost for Ask The Experts is $10 USD, All other programs are $5 USD. All programs are free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh.

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Thank You
Steven Jaron
President - JGS of Pittsburgh
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