JewishGen's Weekly News Nosh December 4, 2022 #JewishGenUpdates
The Weekly News Nosh
JewishGen Weekly E-Newsletter
Phil Goldfarb, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Editor
Date: December 4, 2022
“A Family Without The Understanding Of Their Past History, Foundation, And Ethnicity Is Like A Tree Without Roots”
Enjoy noshing on this week’s news!
1. Call for Proposals: 43rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. The Dates are July 30, 2023 - August 3, 2023, in London, England. The proposal submittal deadline is 11:59 Eastern Standard Time on 15 January 2023. For more information on the Conference Themes, Types of Sessions and Speaker Compensation, go to: Call for Proposals | 43rd IAJGS Int'l Conference on Jewish Genealogy (pheedloop.com)
2. Next Free JewishGen Webinar: Finding and Understanding Bubbe and Zayde’s Galician Vital Records. Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Speaker: Mark Halpern. About the Talk A great many Galician researchers have acquired copies of family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine or online images provided by a State Archive or a Genealogical organization. Over the past twenty years, the work of JewishGen, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers. This session offers an in-depth examination of Galician vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring records to further their research. Please click here to register: https://898a.blackbaudhosting.com/898a/JewishGen-Talks-Understanding-Your-Galitzianer-Family-through-Vital-Records Note: If you are not a member of the Museum of Jewish History, it is easier to register as a guest.
3. The Tip of the Week. Last Wednesday on the JewishGen Talk Webinar, Hal Bookbinder discussed Practicing Safe Computing. It is a lecture well worth viewing on the JewishGen You Tube channel with a lot of great information if you did not attend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn6JaAn3mIs However, one of the tidbits I got was a site to see if your e-mail or phone has had a data breach and is possibly for sale on the dark web. Go to www.haveibeenpwned.com to see if you have been compromised.
4. Ancient DNA from medieval Germany tells origin story of Ashkenazi Jews. Excavating ancient DNA from teeth, an international group of scientists peered into the lives of a once thriving medieval Ashkenazi Jewish community in Erfurt, Germany. The findings in the JournalCell, show that the Erfurt Jewish community was more genetically diverse than modern day Ashkenazi Jews. Read the story from phys.org: Ancient DNA from medieval Germany tells origin story of Ashkenazi Jews (phys.org)
5. New census results reveal number of Jews in England and Wales. Figures for the 2021 census show slight increase - from 265,00 in 2011 to 271,000 in 2021 - but overall statistics show 22 million people in England and Wales ticked 'no religion.' Read the full story from Jewish News UK: https://www.jewishnews.co.uk/new-census-confirms-271000-jews-live-in-england-and-wales/
6. Project offers free DNA kits to Holocaust survivors to help them find lost relatives. New York-based Center for Jewish History launches initiative to help people learn about family connections severed by genocide. The advent of DNA technology has opened up a new world of possibilities in addition to the paper trails and archives that Holocaust survivors and their descendants have used to learn about family connections severed by genocide. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Project offers free DNA kits to Holocaust survivors to help them find lost relatives | The Times of Israel
7. Living encyclopedia’ Stuart Rosenblatt donates Irish-Jewish family records to National Library of Israel. Over time, the genealogist’s recording of his own family tree branched off, and he uncovered information on the entire Irish-Jewish community. The records span over 70,000 individual names. His treasure trove of records on Irish-Jewish families, which spans centuries, to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. For decades, he has been the go-to source for everyone with Irish Jewish ancestry seeking to learn about their lineage. Rosenblatt is currently head of the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society, formed in 1999 as a division of the Irish Jewish Museum, and president of the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Read the story from JNS: ‘Living encyclopedia’ Stuart Rosenblatt donates Irish-Jewish family records to National Library of Israel - JNS.org
8. Findmypast (U.K.) Releases New Norfolk Records This Week. Explore 300,000 new records across two collections. If you suspect you have roots in the county of Norfolk, this is a release you won't want to miss. Read the story from their Friday Blog: Nourish your Norfolk roots with new and exclusive records | Blog | findmypast.com
9. US National Archives Redesigns and Improves Online Catalog. The National Archives Catalog has a new look and are introducing a fully redesigned and modernized online public access Catalog. This new and improved Catalog maximizes their ability to make the records of the National Archives even more accessible. To read more and see some of the new features and benefits you can expect from the new site go to: Welcome to the New National Archives Catalog | National Archives
10. The Meaning of Some More Jewish Last Names. Common Jewish names can tell us a great deal about Jewish history and values. What’s in a last name? For many Jews, surnames are a way to recall family history, sometimes going back thousands of years. Some Jewish last names hint at towns or regions where families used to live, or mark links back to the Biblical patriarchs. Read the story from Aish: The Meaning of Some More Jewish Last Names - Aish.com Modern, Featured, History Editor’s Note: The best reference on surnames are from Alexander Beider: Alexander Beider - Wikipedia
11. Jews of the Middle East. While all Jews have roots in the Middle East, Mizrahi Jews never left it. Mizrahim are Jews who never left the Middle East and North Africa since the beginnings of the Jewish people 4,000 years ago. In 586 B.C.E., the Babylonian Empire (ancient Iraq) conquered Yehudah (Judah), the southern region of ancient Israel. Read the full story from My Jewish Learning: Jews of the Middle East | My Jewish Learning
12. When it comes to a classic Jewish cookie, New York bakeries go beyond black and white. As far as New York Jewish desserts go, perhaps the most ubiquitous is the black and white cookie, that soft, sweet, frosted treat found at bakeries and bagel stores throughout the city. Black and white cookies, sometimes called half-moon cookies, are understood by most to be a Jewish dessert. These days, black and white cookies are available in a myriad of colors and flavors: yellow and blue to support Ukraine, red to celebrate Valentine’s Day, brown and yellow to mark the merger of banana, chocolate and hazelnut. Read the story from JTA: When it comes to a classic Jewish cookie, New York bakeries go beyond black and white - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
13. More From New York…A Hanukkah-themed bar is opening in New York this month! Drink a Latke Sour and a Hebrew Hammer at the aptly named Maccabee Bar. The Maccabee Bar will open through December 31 on Tuesdays through Saturdays. The week of Hanukkah, which this year falls on December 18 through 26, the bar will stay open every single night. Read the story from Timeout: Hanukkah-themed Maccabee Bar is opening in New York in December (timeout.com)
14. Terrorism in Israel rose by over 300 percent in 2022, IDF figures show. There were 280 attacks recorded in 2022 compared to 91 the previous year, and a further 500 attacks were thwarted by security forces, according to the Israeli military. Read the story from JNS: Terrorism in Israel rose by over 300 percent in 2022, IDF figures show - JNS.org
15. Meet the 2 Jews of Guyana, a South American nation with a tradition of religious tolerance. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Meet the 2 Jews of Guyana, a South American nation with a tradition of religious tolerance - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
16. Guide to Jewish Food Terms. Commonly used words and phrases for "noshers" and "fressers." Whether you’re stepping into a Jewish deli for the first time, shopping at a kosher supermarket or going to a friend’s house for a traditional Shabbat dinner, here are some useful words to know. Read the story from My Jewish Learning: Guide to Jewish Food Terms | My Jewish Learning
17. The lost story of how a Jewish family saved Thomas Jefferson’s famous home – twice. New documentary film ‘The Levys of Monticello’ shows how uncle and nephew fought antisemitism to rescue Monticello from ruin and preserve it for future generations to enjoy. The Levys, particularly Uriah Phillips Levy and his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy, owned, preserved and stewarded Monticello for 89 years — longer than Jefferson and his descendants. Read the full story from the Times of Israel: The lost story of how a Jewish family saved Thomas Jefferson's famous home - twice | The Times of Israel
18. Lithuania proposes setting aside nearly $38 Million for Holocaust survivors and their heirs. If passed it would nearly double the money the government had already set aside for restitution claims in a country where 90% of Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Today only 5,000 Jews remain in the country. Read the story from JTA: Lithuania proposes setting aside nearly $40M for Holocaust survivors and their heirs - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (jta.org)
19. Czech museum to return original Beethoven score to family that fled Holocaust. The Petschek family tried, but failed, to send handwritten manuscript abroad by mail in March 1939 during the Nazi occupation, drawing the attention of the Gestapo. The Moravian Museum in the Czech city of Brno has had the original manuscript for the fourth movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet n B-flat Major, Op. 130 in its collection for more than 80 years. The museum put the score on display for the first time this week in anticipation of handing it over to its rightful owners. Read the story from the Times of Israel: Czech museum to return original Beethoven score to family that fled Holocaust | The Times of Israel
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