Save the date all are welcome on October 10th to our annual Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture. JGASGP Meeting and lecture with Dr. Robert Watson #israel #announcements


Marilyn Golden
 




Subject: Save the date all are welcome on October 10th to our annual Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture. JGASGP Meeting and lecture with Dr. Robert Watson #announcements #israel

Please join us for our annual Steve Shechter Memorial Lecture.

Steve Schecter was a longtime member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGSGP).  Early on he was involved in the society’s substantial project of transcribing and digitizing the Philadelphia Jewish ethnic bank records.   He organized and coordinated the efforts of hundreds of volunteers when the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) convened in Philadelphia for its 2009 conference. He was the motivating force behind the Philadelphia Area Jewish Genealogical Resource Directory. He also served as vice president of programming for JGSGP and was instrumental in making sure the society carried out its multifaceted strategies for educating about Jewish genealogy.

 

Steve loved to share his knowledge of genealogy with others.  He designed and taught many, many beginners and intermediate workshops, some of which took place at the JCC’s of Cherry Hill and Margate, NJ, and was slated to teach a course at Camden County College in 2014.   He conducted several presentations at Senior Camp at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut in 2012 and 2013.  He also guided countless individuals in their respective genealogical research efforts.

 

He was very proud of the three women in his life: his wife Mary, and daughters Meredith, and Rachel. He often recounted their various accomplishments.

Sadly, Steve suffered a fatal, accidental fall while helping a friend move.  His cheerful presence and generosity within our society and outreach within the genealogy community are greatly missed.  We dedicate our yearly Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture in his name to remember him.

 

Date:  Sunday, October 10, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM EDT check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 1:30 with a tribute to Steve Schecter

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Robert Watson, Historian, Author, Political Commentator,

                                and Professor at Lynn University

Robert Watson is an award-winning author who has published over 40 books and 200 scholarly articles and essays on topics in history and politics, as well as two multi-edition, multi-volume encyclopedia sets on the presidents and first ladies. His recent books include Affairs of State (2012), America’s First Crisis (2014), The Presidents’ Wives (2014), The Nazi Titanic (2016), The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn (2017), George Washington’s Final Battle (2021), Escape (2021), a story about a notorious Confederate Prison and the Union soldiers who escaped, and the forthcoming books When Washington Burned (2022) and 100 Days of Terror, a story about a pandemic that struck the capital city in 1793. His books have won the John Barry Book Award, John Lyman Book Award, Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal in History, and others, have been published in international translation, and featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV and at prominent literary festivals around the country. 

 

Dr. Watson co-convened several national conferences, co-founded the annual Truman Legacy Symposium for the Truman Presidential Library, and served on the boards of numerous academic associations, community organizations, and the Harry S. Truman Foundation, Calvin Coolidge Foundation, and George McGovern Center for Leadership. Watson is the recipient of many awards for his contributions to the study of the presidency, election commentary, community service, civics programs, and efforts to combat anti-Semitism and incivility.

 

Topic: Truman and Israel: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of Statehood in 1948

Based on a multi-year series of interviews with former aides to President Truman and former Israeli diplomats as well as extensive archival research in the Truman Presidential Library, this talk examines the behind-the-scenes politics and planning that led to Truman's courageous decision to support the creation of the modern state of Israel, the meetings among Zionist leaders and the American president, and the inspiring commitment to a host of bilateral policy initiatives that continue to define the special relationship between the two nations to the present-day. 

Link for Dr. Watson's lecture will be posted on our Website on Sunday morning by 11:00. 
I will not be taking private requests and sending out links to non members. PLEASE go to our website!
No one will be admitted after 2:00 PM.

We are honored to host Dr. Robert Watson for an encore performance! His lectures are very popular. Please do not sign on late. No one will be admitted after 2:00 PM EDT
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Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
membership@...
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
www.jgasgp.org

 
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Marilyn Mazer Golden VP, Membership 
 
 
 
 
 

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Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
membership@...
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
www.jgasgp.org