Announcement: JGS of Oregon

On February 21, 2010, Natan Meir will address the JGS of Oregon meeting. His topic will be:

Reading in another Hand - Deciphering Cyrillic and Hebrew Archival Documents from Eastern Europe

Where: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR
When: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Time: Door open at 1:00pm for schmoozing and assistance with your genealogy problems.  Progrram starts at 1:30pm. 

About our Program:
This program will show you how to find information you need from documents of interest to genealogists when the records were kept in Russian and/or Hebrew.  We will discuss the alphabets, their use in archival documents, key words and phrases that frequently appear and are of interest to genealogists and the structure of tsarist and Soviet archives.  We will work together to decipher copies of actual documents.  The program should be of interst not just to those with ancestors from Russia, but those from many other countries once part of the Russian Empire.

About the speaker
Natan Meir is an Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at PSU.  He received his Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University, taught at the University of Southampton (U.K.) and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His scholarly interest is modern JEwish history focusing on the social and cultural history of East european Jewry in the noneteenth and twentieth centuries.  His first book, "Kievaa: Jewish Metropolis, 1861-1914" , is forthcoming from Indiana University Press.

For more information please see the JGSO website or contact Barbara Hershey, President/Program Chair at or 503-249-1976

Nadene Goldfoot
Publicity Chairman

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