JGS Cleveland -- "The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing" with Libby Copeland -- Wed, Feb 9, 7-8:30 pm ET #jgs-iajgs #education #dna


Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland for our next Zoom program on Wednesday, February 9, 7-8:30 pm ET - The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing with Libby Copeland.


Program: Come explore the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, which is redefining family history, with Libby Copeland. She will draw on years of research for her book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020.  With more than 37 million people having been tested, a tipping point has been reached. Virtually all Americans are affected whether they have been tested or not, and millions have been impacted by significant revelations in their immediate families.  The presentation will discuss the implications of home DNA testing for Jewish genealogy, as well as the unique challenges of genetic genealogy for Ashkenazim.


Speaker: Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist and author who writes from New York about culture and science. As a freelance journalist, she writes for such media outlets as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Smithsonian Magazine. Her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, published by Abrams in 2020, explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly.


The Wall Street Journal says it’s “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” The New York Times writes, “Before You Spit in That Vial, Read This Book.The Washington Post says The Lost Family reads like an Agatha Christie mystery” and “wrestles with some of the biggest questions in life: Who are we? What is family? Are we defined by nature, nurture or both?” It was recently named to The Guardian’s list of The Best Books of 2020.


Registration: Required and free - Send an email to rsvp@... by 12 Noon EDT on February 9th to receive a Zoom link.  If you are NOT a JGS Cleveland member, please include your name, email, and complete mailing address.



Go to jgscleveland.org for more program, speaker, and membership information.




Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

JGS Cleveland