JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. Ralph Cilevitz. He thought his family was wiped out in the Holocaust. Sunday, 18 December 2022, 10:30 AM ET. (Rescheduled date). #events #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jerry Scherer




Speaker: Ralph Cilevitz

He thought his family was wiped out in the Holocaust
Then he discovered 75,000 distant relatives


Sunday, 18 December 2022, 10:30 AM ET

(Rescheduled event)


Virtual doors open at 10:20 am. ET.


RALPH CILEVITZ will relate the story of how he discovered new connections and relatives.

There are over 75,000 descendants of the same man, Aba Kukla, who lived in a tiny shtetl in Lithuania in the late 1700s. His nine children went on to produce large families of their own, creating a sprawling family tree that, only now, with the advent of DNA testing, can be fully visualized.

Ralph has made it his mission to track down all possible relatives in Canada and abroad. His tree is still growing. It may now be the largest documented Ashkenazi family in the world.

To register for the 18 December virtual event , please go to jgstoronto.ca/register. You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 18 December.


The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.


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Jerry Scherer

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