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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 Supported by historical documents, Yizkor books, affidavits, images and trial testimonies he traces Kitaigorod's Jewish history, including the devastating pogrom of 1919, which led to a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.

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.

Jewish Public Library (Map, Metro - Cote-Ste-Catherine station
Greenberg Conference Room (downstairs)
5151 Côte Ste. Catherine Rd., Montreal
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