JGSColorado prsents Paul Cheifitz, Rose Feldman, Michael Moritz and Shelley Pollero in a ot to be missed event "Ask The Mavens". #events

Ellen Beller

Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado Presents 
Ask The Mavens featuring 

• Paul Cheifitz, research expert in South Africa
• Rose Feldman of the Israel Genealogy Research Association

• Michael Moritz, Co-Director of the Romania Research Division on Jewishgen.org

• Shelley Pollero, research expert in Gesher Galicia

Sunday • September 12, 2021 • 9:30 AM  to 12 PM • Mountain Time

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM • Instructions on breakout rooms Program starts promptly at 10 AM On Zoom 

Each maven will have their own break-out room" which participants can enter and chat/ask questions. Stay with one maven the entire time or visit them all! Full description on this program, go to: jgsco.org > Programs & Events 

Answer Questions & Help with Brick Walls in Your Research.

 Paul Cheifitz on South Africa was born and grew in Cape Town, South Africa where he started exploring his genealogy in a pre-Bar Mitzvah school roots project. Beginning with very little information he was able to trace his family back to the early 1600s in Central and Eastern Europe. The first members of his family arrived in South Africa in the early 1860s and the last immigrant fled Europe in the late 1930s. In 1997 he was a founder member and first president of the Cape Town Jewish Genealogy and Family History Society. He studied History at the University of Cape Town focussing on Jewish History where he obtained a MastersDegree in 2009. His book The Jewish Community of Potchefstroom – A History was published by Cape Town University Press in 2019. Paul is co-director of the Jewishgen Latvia Research Division. Now living in Israel he works as a professional genealogist, heir hunter and historian.

 Rose Feldman on Israel is in charge of developing new databases for IGRA and holds a board level position in IGRA. She has lectured at eleven IAJGS conferences since 2003, at various annual seminars and branch meetings of IGRA and IGS, at the Israeli Association for Archives and Information workshop, and the genealogy workshop of the Central Zionist Archives. In 2017 she was the recipient of IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year. Rose was one of the three coordinators of the Montefiore Censuses Project.

 Michael Moritz on Romania is an attorney and avid genealogist with over 15 years of family research experience, having performed research for hundreds of individuals, with ancestry in over 35 countries and records written in over 10 languages. His research has been featured on the PBS show Finding Your Roots and was cited in The New York Times

Michael specializes in US and European Research. He also has a special expertise on Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy, with ancestries in, among others, Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire (including Galicia, Bukovina, Vienna and Hungary), the Russian Empire (including Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia), Romania, Poland, and Israel.

Michael is also the Director of JewishGen's Romania Research Division and a frequent contributor to its Germany Research Division, and he has volunteered to transcribe thousands of vital records for those groups as well. Michael also moderates groups for those with Jewish ancestry from Hamburg, Germany and Iasi, Romania. He is additionally the US research consultant for a Lithuanian genealogist, historian and tour guide to aid Lithuanian Americans of all backgrounds in locating their families' towns of origin in Lithuania.

As an attorney, Michael is currently representing Reclaim the Records, a non-profit organization whose goal is to make public records more accessible, in its suit against the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regarding public access to New York City death certificates.

 Shelley Kellerman Pollero on Galicia has guided newcomers to genealogical research for over 40 years. A founding member of Gesher Galicia, she served as its president from 1998 to 2005. Under her leadership, the Gesher Galicia website was created and the discussion group began. Shelley is also JRI-Polands Zamość Research Area Coordinator, Zamość Town Leader and co-leads Lublin & Zamość BOF meetings at conferences.Shelley has organized translation services at five IAJGS conferences and has translated Polish and Russian vital records. She is a member of several JGS groups: Greater Washington, Maryland, New York, Brooklyn, and Long Island. 


Full description on this program, go to: > Programs & Events •  Free for JGSCO members (a link will be mailed to you)  •  $5 for non-members you must register at:




Ellen Beller JGSCO President

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