Next Event


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon  
invites you, your family and friends to its upcoming program via Zoom. 

 

Sunday, October 23rd, 2022
at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time
**Special 3 Hour Event**

 

    New York City Insider's Guide to Research
by Steve Harris

To register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


If you are like the majority of Americans, at least one of your ancestors spent time in New York City.  This lecture will focus on techniques for researching New York City ancestors in the 19th and 20th centuries.  We will explore the wealth of online material accessible on New York City Web sites as well as that hidden deep within Ancestry.com and other subscription services.  Because of the great amount of information to be shared, this meeting will be 3 hours with a break in the middle.

Steve Harris is a consulting genealogist with extensive experience assisting clients with their family histories.  Born in Brooklyn, he has deep roots in New York City, but the siren call of California was too strong to resist.   He is a past president of the California Genealogical Society and currently on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. 


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If you have enjoyed attending these programs, please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of OregonMembership fees help fund future programsContact JGSO at one of the email links below for additional information on membership and our society. 

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Please visit our JGSO webpage:
sites.rootsweb.com/~orjgs/

Please visit our Portland KehilaLinks page in JewishGen: https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Portland/

For help with genealogy, contact our Help Desk team:     [email protected]

For membership questions, email:
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Thank you!
JGSO Board

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Upcoming Programs


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon  
invites you, your family and friends to its upcoming program via Zoom. 

 

Sunday, November 20th, 2022

at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time

 

    A Very Short Course in Hebrew for Family Researchers 

by Rony Golan and Vivian Kahn

To register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Have you ever wandered around a cemetery looking for ancestors, found a document written in what appears to be Hebrew among your family memorabilia, or come across photos or postcards with notations or messages that may be written in Hebrew? Headstone inscriptions, ketubot (marriage contracts), yahrzeit cards, and other sources can provide valuable clues if you know what to look for, even if you can't read Hebrew. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and the words and terms that most commonly appear in inscriptions and other family documents. Participants will receive handouts that will help non-Hebrew speakers identify first names and parents' names, decipher dates, and recognize other clues on headstones and in common records. Rony Golan, an Israeli genealogist and attorney, and Vivian Kahn will provide tips and "cheat sheets" for deciphering information.

Vivian Kahn ([email protected]) is JewishGen’s Hungarian Research Director. She has presented workshops on Jewish genealogy and, especially, Hungarian Jewish research at IAJGS annual conferences, for Jewish genealogy societies, and in Sighet, Romania. Vivian was recognized as JewishGen’s Volunteer of the Year in 2021. A New York City native, she now lives in Sonoma County, California and is an urban planning and development consultant.

Rony Golan ([email protected]) was born and lives in Israel. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (Law) (LL.B) and a member of the Israel Bar. He is a member and legal advisor of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center in Jerusalem. Rony is a professional forensic genealogist. He has lectured and spoken on genealogy in many forums, including many IAJGS conferences since 2004. Rony's genealogy site is www.genealogy.co.il. He blogs (with friends) at www.mishpachtoblogia.co.il.


   

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To help you with your research projects JGSO has provided links to the following handouts:

Surname Handout.pdf by Malia Laughton


Reading in Another Hand-Meir.pdf by Natan Meir


Jewish Fraternal Organizations - handout.pdf by Hal Bookbinder


US Immigration and Naturalization Handout - 2016.pdf by Hal Bookbinder


 



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It currently has three sections - Jewish Businesses in Oregon, Jewish Activities in Oregon and Oregon Jewish History: South Portland. More photos will be added at a later date.

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