JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Ukraine SIG Meeting. Jewish Life in Ukraine. Marla Waltman. Monday, 25 October at 7:30 p.m. ET. #ukraine #announcements

Jerry Scherer




Jewish Life in Ukraine: A selected history from 800 to 1914

Speaker: Marla Waltman


Monday, 25 October at 7:30 p.m. ET.


The JGS Toronto Ukraine Special Interest Group (SIG) provides an opportunity for members and registered guests to focus on subjects of interest for those with ancestors from Ukraine.

This presentation, “Jewish Life in Ukraine: A selected history from 800 to 1914”, will provide an introduction to the history of Ukraine as it pertains to Jewish settlement, from early recorded records, through the years of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian Empire, to 1914 and the start of the First World War. Given the length of the period covered, the presentation will examine the major political events and economic realities that had an impact on Jews and their neighbours. Its emphasis will be on the lands now part of modern Ukraine that were annexed by Catherine II (known as Catherine the Great by Russians) for the Russian Empire in 1772, and known as the Pale of Settlement. 

Marla Waltman, a former President of JGS Toronto and current Board member, was born in Toronto. Her paternal grandparents emigrated to Canada from Ukraine in the 1920s following other family members who arrived as early as 1905. Marla received a B.A. in History and Anthropology from York University and an M.A. in History from Queen’s University. Over a 32 year career, she worked in Ottawa as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, policy advisor on heritage institutions and the Canadian music industry at Canadian Heritage, policy chief at the Canadian Literacy Secretariat, and Chief of the Culture Statistics Program at Statistics Canada. Her passion is genealogical research and sharing what she has learned with others.

To register, please go to jgstoronto.ca/register

You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 25 October.


This month’s Ukraine Special Interest Group (SIG) programme is open to both members and non-members. The recording for this SIG will only be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website. As per our policy, we will return to keeping future SIG programmes and their recordings open only to JGS Toronto members.

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Jerry Scherer

Vice President, Communications