JGSLI Virtual meeting on Wednesday August 18 at 7:00 PM Eastern – book talk “Mr. Wizard” #dna #announcements #events

Bonnie Birns


Hello all! The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our bonus monthly meeting – a book talk given by Jeff Wallach.


JGSLI is extending the invitation to the broader genealogy community. We ask that you register in advance (see below). Please share with your friends!

Wednesday, August 18th, 7:00 PM, via Zoom

Speaker: Jeff Wallach
Topic: Mr. Wizard

Mr. Wizard, Jeff Wallach’s debut novel, follows Phillip and Spencer Elliot, two Jewish brothers on Long Island who learn via DNA testing that their supposed father is not who they thought. The brothers pursue a genetic treasure hunt by following clues that may or may not have been left by their irreverent mother, Jenny—herself a master of misdirection.


While searching to learn more about their identities the brothers consider who they are and what that means: are they pure products of genetics; formed more completely by upbringing and social interactions; victims of randomness; or some combination of these factors? The action takes place in 1970s Long Island, and current-day Manhattan, Westchester, and Ireland.


Jeff Wallach is the award-winning author of five non-fiction books as well as nearly 1,000 articles, essays, reviews, and columns in The New York Times, The Oregonian, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, GOLF Magazine, Men’s Health, Health, Money Magazine, and many other national publications. He holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Brown University, and claims to have been a huge hit at his bar mitzvah at Long Island’s Temple Hillel. He currently lives, writes, hikes, fishes, golfs, plays soccer and does the NYT crossword puzzle in Portland, Oregon.


There are two ways to join our meeting:

Register for our Zoom meeting: This will allow you to join in so you can chat with others before and after the meeting (this will be limited to the first 100 people to join).


When: August 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




Our meeting will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Please visit http://bit.ly/JGSLIYT at the meeting start time and the meeting's video should be listed. No YouTube or other login is required, but if you are signed in you can ask questions in writing via the comment section under the video.


This webinar is free and open to the public.


I look forward to "seeing" you all then!


To purchase the book before the meeting: Mr. Wizard at Amazon


Bonnie Birns



President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
Jericho, Long Island, NY researcher #59766