My Grandmother's Suitcase Meeting #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Linda Kelley

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon invites you, your family, friends and organizations to a free presentation:
Sunday, 11 December 2022, 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time, via Zoom

My Grandmother's Suitcase:  A Genealogical Search for My Hidden Jewish Heritage
Jim Van Buskirk

At the age of 54, Jim Van Buskirk, who had been raised "devoutly Unitarian", met with his mother after a long estrangement.  Facing her own mortality, she had something to tell him:  "You are Jewish."  She then gave him a suitcase filled with photographs, letters, and documents.  Jim began to look for answers to his family's history — and his own identity — by researching his genealogy, talking to previously unknown relatives, and examining the contents of his grandmother's suitcase.  The uncovered family saga, ultimately spanning more than 120 years and three continents, was more complicated than he'd ever imagined.

Jim Van Buskirk currently works as a book group facilitator, writer, editor, public speaker, exhibit curator, and collections manager.  He frequently presents at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library, the Jewish Community Library, the Peninsula JCC, and other locations on topics related to Jewish, literature, film, and/or queer history.  Visit his site at

To register for this meeting:

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

All of our meetings feature closed captions.

Linda Wolfe Kelley
JGSO Secretary