JewishGen's Weekly News Nosh January 15, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates
The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor
Date: January 15, 2023
“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”
Enjoy this week’s Nosh!
1. Have You Heard About the L’Dor V’Dor Foundation? They support research, development, education and awareness projects that advance ancestral discovery for anyone with interest in Jewish family and heritage. The L’Dor V’Dor Foundation is building the knowledge and tools to restore family histories and the collective history of the Jewish people. Where are all the records? Stop searching for a needle in a haystack! Use their checklist to guide your research... and add what you know! https://ldvdf.org/custodial-entity-type-taxonomy / The LDVDF's DoJR project invites you to preview the draft Master Checklist and provide comments through Tuesday 31 January. To read more and get involved go to: Home - L’Dor V’Dor Foundation (LDVDF)
2. Join JewishGen's Upcoming Study Group on Immigration. Have you ever wondered how your ancestors travelled from their shtetl to their new home in America? From February 5 - 28 we will research the immigration process together in a study group. We will look at rules to leave a country, requirements to enter a new country, purchasing tickets for travel, modes of travel including barge, boat, wagon, train and consider railroad lines and roads from the place of departure to the port of embarkation. For more information, contact Barbara Rice at brice@... Tuition is $150. For class description and to register, go to: https://www.jewishgen.org/Education/edu-courses.asp
3. MyHeritage Publishes Exclusive Huge Collection of Israel Immigration Records. MyHeritage just published a huge new collection covering immigration to Israel from 1919 onwards, with 1.7 million records! They have also made this collection completely free. This collection is the Israeli equivalent of the famous “Ellis Island” immigration database for the United States. Read more from their blog: MyHeritage Publishes Exclusive Huge Collection of Israel Immigration Records - MyHeritage Blog
4. FamilyTree Magazine Announces Their 25 Best Websites for Beginners. There are so many places to go for online genealogy records and websites to learn about your heritage. You want resources you can find online that are the most current, richest with ancestral information and the easiest to use. Their list of 25 beginner-friendly websites will get you started. To read the story go to: 25 Best Genealogy Websites for Beginners (familytreemagazine.com)
5. Findmypast adds School Records for UK. Findmypast added school records for Yorkshire, records for five burial sites in Middlesex and two newspaper titles updated. Go to their blog for more details: Take a class in genealogy with new school records and more | Blog | findmypast.com
6. BCG Free Webinars for 2023. The Board for Certification of Genealogists 2023 Free Webinars with partner website Legacy Family Tree Webinars announced their list of topics, speakers and dates at: https://familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars/?category=visit-www-bcgcertification-org Webinars focused on genealogy skill-building and standards, presented by certified genealogists. All webinars are sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for passing along this information.
7. Family History Library and Centers Change Names. FamilySearch announced new names for its flagship Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and all local and regional family history centers worldwide. The library will now be known as the FamilySearch Library and local and regional family history centers will now be FamilySearch centers. The name changes will better align local centers with FamilySearch’s expanding global brand. Read more from their newsroom: Family History Library and Centers Change Names (familysearch.org)
8. From The ADL: Antisemitic Attitudes in America. Released this week, the ADL has measured antisemitic attitudes among Americans since the early 1960s. Building on this historic work and furthering it to ensure greater accuracy, ADL, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) and the One8 Foundation embarked on a year-long process to study the research literature on bias and antisemitism. Over three-quarters of Americans (85 percent) believe at least one anti-Jewish trope, as opposed to 61 percent found in 2019. Twenty percent of Americans believe six or more tropes, which is significantly more than the 11 percent that ADL found in 2019 and is the highest level measured in decades. Read their report: Antisemitic Attitudes in America: Topline Findings | ADL
9. Menorahs and tableware hidden from Nazis: Polish builders uncover Jewish WWII trove. Glass cosmetic containers, cigarette holders and hundreds of other items found under Lodz building; local Jewish community lit a restored menorah on Hanukkah. About 400 items believed to have been hidden in the ground by their Jewish owners during World War II have been accidentally uncovered during home renovation work in a yard in Lodz in central Poland. History experts say that the objects found in the city’s Polnocna Street include Hanukkah menorahs and items used in daily life. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Menorahs and tableware hidden from Nazis: Polish builders uncover Jewish WWII trove | The Times of Israel
10. In Turkey, a festival revives a jewel of the Sephardic world and aims to break stereotypes. Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, once known in Greek as Smyrna, has had a Jewish presence since antiquity, with early church documents mentioning Jews as far back as the second century AD. Like elsewhere in the Ottoman Empire, though, its community grew exponentially with the influx of Sephardic Jews who came after their expulsion from Spain. At its peak, the city was home to around 30,000 Jews and was the hometown of Jewish artists, writers and rabbis. Read about the festival from JTA: In Turkey, a festival revives a jewel of the Sephardic world and aims to break stereotypes - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
11. A crowdfunding campaign hopes to preserve the shoes of 8,000 children killed in the Holocaust. The campaign also hopes to give a new generation a tangible way to remember the Holocaust. More than 200,000 children were killed at Auschwitz, and the Auschwitz Museum says the shoes, which are one of the only remnants of their short lives are at risk of deterioration. “They’ve deteriorated now to a point that if they are not restored, they will disintegrate altogether and we will lose them as evidence of history,” Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, president of the International March of the Living. Read the story from eJewish Philanthropy: A crowdfunding campaign hopes to preserve the shoes of 8,000 children killed in the Holocaust – eJewish Philanthropy
12. At Sotheby's, One Last Glimpse Of Jewish Treasures. There was plenty to be found at Sotheby’s “Important Judaica” auction, including the world’s oldest complete Ashkenazi siddur (price: $300,000) Read the story from Tablet Magazine: At Sotheby's, One Last Glimpse Of Jewish Treasures - Tablet Magazine. Thanks to Bruce Drake for sharing this article with me.
13. Adolfo Kaminsky, French Resistance forger who saved thousands during the Holocaust, dies at 97. Adolfo Kaminsky, the French-Jewish photographer, forger, smuggler and resistance fighter who saved thousands of people during the Holocaust as part of the French underground, died at 97 in his home in Paris on Monday. Kaminsky’s improbable and heroic story was detailed in a book by his daughter, written in his voice, and in “The Forger,” a New York Times documentary. Read the story from JTA: Adolfo Kaminsky, French Resistance forger who saved thousands during the Holocaust, dies at 97 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
14. Winning bidders of ‘despicable’ Nazi memorabilia urged to donate items to Sydney Jewish Museum. SS paraphernalia and an album of 500 photos from concentration camps which sold for $25,000 among items at Queensland auction. The photo album was the highest-selling item in the 143-lot online sale held by Queensland auction house Danielle Elizabeth on Sunday. The auction included artefacts ranging from buttons, rings, stamps and books to SS paraphernalia. Read the story from the Guardian: Winning bidders of ‘despicable’ Nazi memorabilia urged to donate items to Sydney Jewish Museum | Nazism | The Guardian
15. U.N. exhibit remembers when the world turned its back on stateless Jewish refugees Featuring artifacts from and about the 250,000 Jews who passed through displaced persons camps after the Holocaust, the display highlighting these vibrant communities includes newspapers published by residents and photographs of weddings, theatrical performances and sporting events. Read the story from JTA: U.N. exhibit remembers when the world turned its back on stateless Jewish refugees - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
16. Number of Russian Jews down sharply in last decade, pre-Ukraine war census reveals. Growing exodus from Russia with those identifying as Jewish dropping by over half to 82,644 in 2021 over an eleven-year period. An exodus of Jews from Russia since President Vladimir Putin invaded neighboring Ukraine has drawn widespread attention over the last year. But according to statistics released recently by Russia’s official statistics bureau, the country’s Jewish population had fallen sharply long before the tanks began rolling. Read the story from Jewish News: Number of Russian Jews down sharply in last decade, pre-Ukraine war census reveals | Jewish News
17. Philip Roth tribute to be held in his native New Jersey. Philip Roth Unbound,” a reference to Roth's novel “Zuckerman Unbound,” will run in his hometown of Newark the weekend of March 17-19, around the time Roth would have turned 90. The Pulitzer Prize-winner died in 2018 at age 85. Read the story: Philip Roth tribute to be held in his native New Jersey - ABC News (go.com) Editor’s Note: For those Newark, N.J. born readers (including myself!) Roth was born March 19, 1933, grew up at 81 Summit Avenue and graduated Weequahic High School in 1950.
18. Turner Classic Movies is airing a ‘Jewish Experience’ series of films this month. Every Thursday night in January, the channel is showing movies spanning from the 1930s through the 1990s on the theme. According to an article on the TCM website, the series aims to show “how filmmakers have attempted to deal with such themes as assimilation, antisemitism, religion, family life and the Holocaust, sometimes with clarity and honesty, other times with varying degrees of distortion and caricature.” Read the story from JTA: Turner Classic Movies is airing a ‘Jewish Experience’ series of films this month - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
19. Still standing: Researchers crack the secret of ancient Rome’s self-healing concrete. Scientists have long wondered what made the material so durable. Now a new MIT study utilizing microarchaeology and infrared cameras gives insight into Herod’s enduring monuments. Some of the Roman construction in Israel, including the Caesarea port, parts of Herod’s palace in Jericho, and Herod’s family tomb in Jerusalem, contain concrete similar to the Italian concrete studied. Read the fascinating story from The Times of Israel: Still standing: Researchers crack the secret of ancient Rome's self-healing concrete | The Times of Israel
20. Are YOU a volunteer? Israel a world leader in volunteering, ahead of the US, Switzerland, study finds. A recent study which included 503 participants, found that Israel is one of the leading countries in volunteering, along with Canada (79%), Britain (63%), Australia (57%), New Zealand (51%) and ahead of Switzerland (39.9%), the Netherlands (39%) and the United States (25%). Most respondents said they preferred to volunteer in areas of welfare and assisting disadvantaged populations, followed by education, health, environment, religion and social change. Read the story from JNS: Israel a world leader in volunteering, ahead of the US, Switzerland, study finds - JNS.org
21. “Parade” the revival starring Ben Platt as Jewish lynching victim Leo Frank heads to Broadway. If you have never heard of Leo Frank, “Parade” centers around the real-life story of Brooklyn-born Frank, who managed a pencil factory in Atlanta where, in 1913, the body of 13-year-old Mary Phagan was found in a cellar. Despite very little evidence, Frank was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to death. In 1915, when Frank’s sentence was commuted to life in prison, he was kidnapped by an armed mob and lynched. At the time, this story attracted rampant and sensationalized press, both reinvigorating the Ku Klux Klan and inspiring the founding of the Anti-Defamation League. Read more from JTA: ‘Parade’ revival starring Ben Platt as Jewish lynching victim Leo Frank heads to Broadway - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org) Editor’s Note: The Rest of the Story: Due to the KKK threats, the Jewish attorney for Frank, Samuel Boorstin fled Atlanta with his family for Tulsa, OK where he had relatives. His son, Daniel Boorstin became the only Jewish Librarian of Congress. Daniel J. Boorstin - Wikipedia
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