With Stuart Rosenblatt (Ireland) & Carol Hoffman (Israel)
From Stan Smookler:
Eli is a Genealogist of note……….. Eli Rabinowitz – ‘Gib A Kuk’ at his blog… E-mazing news from ‘Der Heims’ & The ‘Beloved Country’…. http://elirab.me/ ..
Eli has been to Seattle (from Perth) this past week for a few lectures on the Shtetlach……. And quite E-mazing that my old Stan & Pete partner & Chaver, Dennis Cohen’s Boet Lester & Barbara were at the lecture …..Lester & Barbara both worked at Stan & Pete and Barbara (Kotzen) is from Lichtenberg, having gone to the Lichtenberg Hoer Skool… Put up the pictures Eli sent, BUT…..I don’t recognize the other people, so have labelled the picture with Eli & the Cohen’s…. http://stantgsm.com/category/pictures/4
The International Associate of Jewish Genealogical Societies IAJGS held their annual conference for 2016 in Seattle WA at the Sheraton Hotel.
Here are some images from the first three days of the conference:
IAJGS Conference Day 1
IAJGS Conference Day 2
IAJGS Conference Day 3
These are the program notes for:
GENEALOGY FOR JEWISH EDUCATORS
Talk to people who are researching their family’s history, and many will tell you how much they regret not starting earlier. For example:
I never talked to Zayde about his recollections of the Old Country, his parents, how he got here, the family he left behind and those who came over. Who were they? How did they live? When my parents went to those boring Cousins’ Club get-togethers, I stayed home. I didn’t really get to know my cousins. Who are the people in those pictures on the walls when I was growing up? And in that drawer-full of old photos Mom used to keep? I never asked.
For those who teach in formal and informal settings, getting started in family research and introducing young people to genealogy is the focus of a special forum, Genealogy for Jewish Educators, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, the first day of the week-long 36th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The day begins with a kosher breakfast and kickoff address by Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy and a nationally recognized author and lecturer on all things Jewish. Then two workshops, giving you a choice among three topics for each session, followed by lunch and An Interactive Learning Walk – a festival of ideas and programs for schools, classrooms, youth and family programs.
Genealogy for Jewish Educators | IAJGS 2016 8/04/2016
9:00 – 10:00
BREAKFAST AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS
WHAT’S JEWISH ABOUT JEWISH GENEALOGY? EVERYTHING !
Rivy Poupko Kletenik
Jewish Genealogy is family history and family stories, community history and world history. Jewish genealogy is Torah.
10:15-11:15 WORKSHOP CHOICES
A. NUTS AND BOLTS OF JEWISH GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS
This program is designed for those who are new to Jewish genealogical research as well as those who are more advanced. We’ll present practical tips and hints on where and how to look for clues and data, some of which are common with other kinds of genealogical research and some that are more uniquely Jewish, such as Jewish newspapers, cemetery records and records of Jewish organizations.
B. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DESIGNING AN INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH GENEALOGY
Joel will discuss the planning and constructing of an Introduction to Jewish Genealogy (IJG) talkfrom an educator’s point of view. Why do an IJG? (recruitment and retention) Who are our target individuals? What level of information and methodology to include? (Blooms Taxonomy) What kinds of results do we want? (Learning Outcomes)
C. HANDS-ON TOMBSTONE DECIPHERING
Do you have photos of ancestral tombstones with Hebrew lettering? Don’t assume it’s just Hebrew. It could be Hebrew or maybe it contains Aramaic, Yiddish or Ladino words. Bring photos or e-mail images to the workshop. We can analyze them together as a joint learning experience. Things to learn: What are the most common texts or patterns? Where to look on a tombstone. What to skip when looking for essentials. How to recognize Rashe Tevot (acronyms). Handouts for future use.
11:30 – 12:30 WORKSHOP CHOICES
D. INTRODUCTION TO JEWISHGEN AND JEWISH GENEALOGY
JewishGen is a unique website – it’s free, easy to use, and features thousands of databases, research tools. JewishGen offers both archival and networking components. Common challenges that people encounter when researching their family history and how JewishGen can help.
E. PERSONALIZING JEWISH HISTORY
This workshop will explore ways to capture your students’ attention (whether adults or children) and memory while teaching Jewish history. Using the history you NEED to teach and which they NEED to learn, we will explore ways to make the history about THEM, capturing their attention, teaching them skills and helping them to remember what they have learned.
F. CRAFTING HISTORY: BRING YOUR ANCESTORS BACK TO LIFE
When you start talking about genealogy, how long is it before your sister’s eyes glaze over? Join the club. But this talk will give you ideas to display your family history knowledge in unusual and compelling ways and soon have your students and their families asking you question. Ms. Roddy will present more than a dozen projects that crafters can create at home with easy-to-find supplies, using ancestral photos and artifacts. Projects include jewelry, household and holiday decorations, quilts, shadow boxes, calendars and more. Each of these projects invites questions or comments and gives us an easy way to talk about our ancestors. How-to instructions for projects will be provided.