JewishGen Weekly News Nosh February 12, 2023 #JewishGenUpdates
The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, Editor
Date: February 12, 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. Next Free JewishGen Webinar: Topic: Save Access to 20th Century Immigration Records - You Can Help. Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Registration: Free with a suggested donation. To register go to: Museum of Jewish Heritage -A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (blackbaudhosting.com) Speaker: Rich Venezia and Renée Carl. About the Talk: What is the USCIS Genealogy Program? Why does it have so many historical immigration and naturalization records locked behind a paywall? How did this happen? What can I do to help? Join Rich and Renée as they provide an overview of the records held by USCIS; explain the proposed fee hike USCIS just announced; and guide the JewishGen community to help make a difference. Registration tip: If you are not a member of the Museum of Jewish Heritage and just a member of JewishGen, register as a guest!
2. JewishGen Education will have two new exciting classes March 5 - 26 2023.
a. Fundamentals II: Organize Your Research. March 5-26. Margie Geiser shares her methods and templates for a focused “Plan for Success.” Class will have Sunday Zoom Meetings, a private discussion group forum open 24/7. Three weeks-$150. Class offers a VAS $18 voucher coupon upon request.
b. Savvy Searcher - A Case Study. March 5-26. Working together in a peer study group, coordinators will share several newspaper stories of a tragic event that occurred in 1925. The story will interest each of you in different ways. Once you decide on your research question, the coordinators will guide you to sources, tools and methods to develop your case study. The resources will include census, vital records, passenger records, city directories and military records. Class will have Sunday Zoom Meetings, a private discussion group forum open 24/7. Three weeks-$150. Coordinators: April Stone and Nancy Holden. To Register for both: https://www.jewishgen.org/education/edu-courses.asp For questions contact Nancy Holden at education@...
3. Tips to Find Relatives on JewishGen. Some excellent tips from Lara Diamond’s Jewnealogy blog. JewishGen is an incredible collection of resources, especially the databases containing millions of indexed records--which has thousands of new records being added each month. This post will discuss some different techniques that could help you find these records. To read more, go to: Lara's Jewnealogy: Tips to Find Relatives on JewishGen (larasgenealogy.blogspot.com)
4. Dick Eastman with his EOGN reported the following new records this week: Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com: https://eogn.com/page-18080/13088463 TheGenealogist U.K. Adds More Than 342,500 to Their 1939 Register, Opening Previously Closed Records. https://www.eogn.com/page-18080/13092464 FindmyPast Adds Nearly 60,000 New Records: https://www.eogn.com/page-18080/13092336
5. The History of the Jews of Turkey. A comprehensive overview covering 2000 years of history. With what is going on in Turkey and the earthquake this past week, the Jewish history is very timely. Read the story from Aish: The History of the Jews of Turkey - Aish.com
6. He saved 2,500 World War II refugees — but doomed his career as a diplomat. Proposed legislation would honor 60 diplomats who rescued Jews, including Hiram (Harry) Bingham IV, US vice consul in Marseille. Hiram (Harry) Bingham IV was a vice consul at the U.S. consulate in Marseille, France, when the Nazis invaded in 1940. Over the next 10 months, Bingham helped 2,500 refugees flee by signing visas, processing paperwork and challenging U.S. anti-immigration policies. Among those he saved were Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst and Marc Chagall. Read the story from the Forward (may require a subscription): Harry Bingham saved Jews by issuing visas – The Forward
7. High tech horror: Virtual reality guide to Auschwitz launched. Michelle Rosenberg experiences a pioneering attempt to bring the Shoah to future generations through the latest technology. A virtual reality tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau has premiered in the UK. Triumph of the Spirit provides an immersive 50-minute, 360-degree virtual reality experience of the infamous death camp. Read more from Jewish News UK: High tech horror: Virtual reality guide to Auschwitz launched | Jewish News
8. Archaeologists uncover rare 14th-century Spanish synagogue. Archaeologists in the southern Spanish town of Utrera confirmed on Tuesday they had uncovered a 14th-century synagogue hidden within a building that was later converted into a church, hospital and most recently a bar. Read the story from the AP: Archaeologists uncover rare 14th-century Spanish synagogue | AP News
9. Kosovo’s tiny Jewish community aims to punch above its size. Fifteen years after the country declared independence, its Jews are optimistic about their future in one of the world’s newest states. It has been almost 15 years since Kosovo, a landlocked country of 1.95 million north of Greece, declared independence. Its Jewish community numbers just 35 to 50 people, but its leadership remains optimistic that Judaism can thrive in a nation that is almost 93% ethnic Albanian, with a Sunni Muslim majority and Christian minority. Read the story from JNS: Kosovo’s tiny Jewish community aims to punch above its size - JNS.org
10. Rare genetic disease may protect Ashkenazi Jews against tuberculosis. Research with zebrafish suggests Ashkenazi Jews at a greater risk of Gaucher disease, are less likely to get TB infection. Gaucher disease affects around one in 800 births, with symptoms including enlarged spleen and liver, and anemia. Two-thirds of people with the gene are unaware they are carriers. Read more from Jewish News UK: Rare genetic disease may protect Ashkenazi Jews against tuberculosis | Jewish News
11. The Outback’s Jewish Museum Once it was a synagogue serving Jewish immigrants in a remote Australian mining town. Today, it’s a reminder of a history many have forgotten. There have always been Jews in Australia since the first transport of convicts in January 1788, which included about a dozen Jews and there have always been Jews and their families in outback towns usually running small businesses or hotels. Read the story from Tablet Magazine: The Outback’s Jewish Museum - Tablet Magazine
12. 1,600-year-old rare gold bead discovered in Jerusalem's City of David. The gold bead from the end of the Roman era is an especially rare find because beads of this style are not common. Read the story from The Jerusalem Post: 1,600-year-old rare gold bead discovered in Jerusalem's City of David - The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)
13. Bosnia’s Jewish community putting together an archive for an eventual museum. Historian Eli Tauber, leading the project, says it will be a challenge to piece together family histories and destinies that cover 500 years. Sephardic Jews first arrived in the region during the time of the Ottoman Empire, after fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. Ashkenazi Jews followed suit when the area fell under Austro-Hungarian rule in the 1870s. Today, at most 900 Jews live in Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 500 in the capital Sarajevo. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Bosnia’s Jewish community putting together an archive for an eventual museum | The Times of Israel
14. Historian sheds new light on a famous story about Abraham Lincoln and a New York cantor. In “Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Union Army,” historian Adam D. Mendelsohn recalls the story of Arnold Fischel, the Dutch-born hazan, or cantor, at New York’s Shearith Israel Congregation, and how he persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to support the idea of allowing Jews to serve as military chaplains. Under a congressional statute, only Christian ministers could be chaplains, so in December 1861 Fischel traveled to Washington to argue his case directly to the president. Lincoln agreed to see Fischel, and a few days later wrote the cantor saying he would “try to have a new law broad enough to cover what is desired by you in behalf of the Israelites.” On July 17, 1862, Lincoln signed the law permitting Jews to serve as chaplains. Read the story from JTA: Historian sheds new light on a famous story about Abraham Lincoln and a New York cantor - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
15. Good News For a Change: Anti-Semitism incidents in UK fall from record high. The annual report by the Community Security Trust (CST), which advises Britain’s estimated 280,000 Jews on security matters, recorded 1,652 anti-Jewish incidents in 2022, down 27% from the number the previous year, but an increasing number of children are becoming victims of hatred. Read the story from Reuters: Anti-Semitism incidents in UK fall from record high | Reuters
16. Ronald Lauder reaches deal with Jewish heirs for Klimt painting sold under Nazis. Jewish philanthropist will retain renowned Austrian artist’s piece after reaching agreement with family who said it was sold under duress due to Nazi persecution in pre-war Europe. Read the story from The Times of Israel: Ronald Lauder reaches deal with Jewish heirs for Klimt painting sold under Nazis | The Times of Israel
17. A New Holocaust Series From the Creator of ‘Unorthodox’ Is Coming to Netflix. “Transatlantic,” a 7-episode miniseries, will tell the story of Varian Fry, an American journalist who co-founded the Emergency Rescue Committee in order to get refugees out of Nazi-occupied France. Along with collaborators like wealthy heiress MayJayne Gold, Jewish German economist Albert Hirschman, Fry and ERC helped bring over 2000 Jews and anti-Nazi dissidents into the United States. Most of them were prominent artists, writers and thought leaders — they include Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, André Breton, Jacques Lipchitz and artist Max Ernst. Read the story from Kveller: A New Holocaust Series From the Creator of 'Unorthodox' Is Coming to Netflix – Kveller
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