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Meeting and Workshop Schedule - 2017

Monthly Presentations

Our monthly meetings feature presentations by experts in a wide range of subjects related to Jewish genealogy. Unless otherwise noted, all Society meetings are held at 7:30 pm at:

Gelber Conference Centre / Federation CJA Building (Map, Metro - Cote-Ste-Catherine station)
5151 Côte Ste. Catherine Rd., Montreal.

Miss a meeting? Visit the JGS-Montreal Meeting Archive
poster Monday 2017 Jan. 09 Annual Film Night
The movies starts at 7:30 pm *SHARP*
Set in Canada, Poland, Russia and Germany, between 1938 and 1948, "My dear Clara" is a documentary film that tells a true story against the backdrop of both the war in Europe and life in Canada's during the tumultuous war years and the drama of a Polish Jewish refugee's survival with his Canadian wife's unflinching battle to change her government's immigration policies.

Award: J.I. Segal Award for best Canadian film on a Jewish theme.

Film Maker, Garry Beitel will introduce his film and participate in the discussion following the screening.

poster Wednesday 2017 Feb. 15 Annual Members-only Schmoozarama
Due to the weather, this event has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule in the spring when the snowbirds are back.
poster Monday 2017 Mar. 06 JGS-Montreal and Public Research Tools: How to use them to solve family history mysteries - Alan Greenberg (JGS-Montreal Vice-President)
poster Monday 2017 Apr. 03 How Volunteer Genealogy Improved his Research Skills, Strengthened his Family Relations, and Created New Tools - Gary Perlman (JGS-Montreal Webmaven) website slides
Gary has done volunteer genealogy at a geriatric centre for a dozen residents and their families. During the process, he improved his research skills. After a year of this, he decided to grow his own family tree. He researched the immigration stories of all his cousins' grandparents, bringing them all closer. He even developed some tools (e.g., Genealogy Dashboard) to make his research more productive and which he will share.
poster Tuesday 2017 May 16 Kitaigorod, Ukraine - Profile of a Ukrainian Shtetl - Steven Lapidus (Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies)
Based on the memoirs of his grandfather, a former resident of Kitaigorod, Podolia, Ukraine, Steven Lapidus has drawn an historical image of life in that town in the early twentieth century. Supported by historical documents, Yizkor books, affidavits, images and trial testimonies he traces Kitaigorod's Jewish history, including the devastating pogrom of 1919, which led to a survivor's testimony at the 1927 Schwartzbart trial in Paris and the town's ultimate destruction in the Holocaust.
poster Tuesday 2017 June 06 Annual 3 Presenters - Hymie Reichstein "research results", Irene Benavida "Egyptian Jews" & Mark Pearlstein "Lithuania"
Three JGS of Montreal Members, each relating his or her start and subsequent research in Jewish genealogical and related pursuits. Come and hear them recount their research experiences, sharing their individual stories, successes & tips.
poster Monday 2017 Aug. 14 My Trip to Rimpar, Germany - The Town of Our Schwab Ancestors - Andreas Schwab
After two decades of research into Jewish genealogy, I finally made it to the town where my Schwab ancestors came from. Rimpar is a town of 7,500 inhabitants, 10 km north of Würzburg and 125 km east of Frankfurt. My sister and my brother-in-law came with me. We had a guided tour by Hannelore Mintzel, a retired high school principal who devotes much of her time to study and promote Rimpar's rich Jewish history. In my speech, I will talk about what I saw when I was there, and what I found captivating about Rimpar in particular and about rural Bavarian Jews in general.
poster Monday 2017 Sep. 11 Cornwall, Ontario - Sara Lauzon, "the Little Historian" & Dr. Neil Davis, physician at Cornwall Community Hospital
Join us in learning about the people, places and events of the Jewish Community of Cornwall.
poster Monday 2017 Oct. 16 Unexpected Encounters in the Grand-Motherland - Shelley Tepperman
In the fall of 2016, after months of genealogical research, Shelley Tepperman travelled to Poland to visit her ancestral villages of Łagów, Koszary (Iłza) and Iwaniska, and other villages in the Kielce-Opatów region. With the help of an expert guide, she found the land her grandmother's family had lived on for 90 years and people who had known them. Accompanied by a Polish collaborator, she interviewed many young and elderly custodians of Poland's pre-war Jewish past. The encounters were often moving, sometimes hilarious, and full of surprises.
poster Monday 2017 Nov. 06 My roots trip to Northern Romania and Moldova - Harry Bolner
Born in Romania, he emigrated to Israel with his parents in 1951 after the war. Ever mindful of the history of the Jewish people and especially of his own family , he embarked, in February 2017 on a trip to discover more of his roots and his father's experience during the Holocaust (Romania). This trip took him to Israel and from there to Odessa (Ukraine), Transnistria and Chisinau (Kishinev) Republic of Moldova and Romanian Moldova. This presentation will present his surprising findings.
poster Monday 2017 Dec. 11 Germany's Jews - Roger Lustig
Until 1871, Germany's Jews were subjects of dozens of different states, each with different laws and attitudes toward its Jewish population. Napoleon emancipated most of Germany's Jews and led Prussia to do likewise for almost all the rest; but after he was gone, the many German states -- most with new boundaries -- returned their Jews to one or another special legal status.

Reviewing where the larger Jewish congregations and rural communities lived in Germany and how to determine which states ruled over them at a given time, Roger will present examples of how family histories are recorded across longer periods & where boundaries and governments were changing.

poster Monday 2018 Jan. 08 Annual Film Night - Max Beer and Deena Dlusy-Apel
The movies starts at 7:30 pm *SHARP*
"Nobody was Interested, Nobody Asked" is a documentary film about the Holocaust Survivors who came to Montreal after 1945. Produced by Max Beer and Deena Dlusy-Apel. This film shows how the "GREENERS" were treated by the Jewish population that came to Montreal before the war - the community's attitude to Shoah Survivors. The filmmakers will be with us for a discussion period following the screening.

Sunday Morning Family Tree Workshops

Our free monthly workshops allow members and non-members to get one-on-one answers and expert help in an informal setting. We do live searches of a variety of databases (e.g., see our workshop handout of commonly used resources, and many of the resources used have been incorporated into the JGS-Montreal Genealogy Dashboard). Workshops are usually held on the first Sunday of each month except July and August (but check the dates below).

So, bring your data and questions and let's see how we can help each other in doing our family research. We often benefit from hearing how others have discovered and used various resources. You may hear just the bit of information you need to find a missing piece of data.

Location:
Jewish Public Library (Map, Metro - Cote-Ste-Catherine station
Greenberg Conference Room (downstairs)
5151 Côte Ste. Catherine Rd., Montreal
Time:
10:00 am - 12 noon
2017 Jan. 8 Regular workshop
2017 Feb. 5 Regular workshop
2017 Mar. 5 Regular workshop
2017 Apr. 2 Regular workshop
2017 May 7 Regular workshop
2017 June 4 Last workshop before summer break
2017 July No workshop
2017 August No workshop

Group of people gathered around table. A laptop screen is projected on the wall.
Stanley Diamond, President of JGS-Montreal, leads a workshop in May, 2016