JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County January 8, 2012 Meeting-Ethics, Sensitivites and Property Rights

Lt: Sandra Malek center: Rabbi Jeff Marx Rt: Hal Bookbinder

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, January 8, 2012 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Note: JGSCV has returned to meeting on Sunday afternoons

The Topic: Ethics, Sensitivities, Sensibilities and Property Rights

How do ethics relate to family history? The list ranges from ensuring the integrity of our research, acknowledging the intellectual property of others, not publishing false or misleading information, respecting the privacy of others and being aware of sensitive issues that may cause others distress. However, the lines are not always clearly drawn. For example, we live in the 21st century, and have become accustomed to a media environment where out-of-wedlock pregnancies and family scandals are commonplace, and not particularly noteworthy. With our current sensibilities, it is often difficult to appreciate the shame and stigma that surrounded family secrets
that we unearth, and may, among older relatives, still be keenly felt. How do we tell our families' stories while maintaining an appropriate level of sensitivity? What is our responsibility to the "truth"?

Have you had the challenge of how to address with your family history such issues as: adoption, conversion, baby born early in marriage, baby born outside of marriage, don't know family is Jewish or denial of being Jewish, intermarriage, previous marriage, sexual preference, family information used without citation of sources or permission, family information changed by someone else and is incorrect, consequences of encouraging people to take DNA testing, people copyrighting other people's information and photographs? Come prepared to ask questions on how to address your ethical issues.


Hal Bookbinder, Founding member of JGSCV, past president of IAJGS and JGSLA,
president of IAJGS during the adoption of the IAJGS Ethics Statement. Hal received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for his various contributions to Jewish genealogy. Hal was recently elected to the JewishGen Board of Governors.

Sandra Malek, president of JGSLA and attorney for over 30 years concentrating on employment law, securities litigation and small business issues. Sandy has been active in genealogy for nearly a decade, has grown her tree to nearly 5000 individuals, and met lots of new-found cousins!

Rabbi Jeffrey Marx, spiritual leader of Santa Monica Temple, has been involved in Jewish genealogy for four decades, creating a family tree of 18,0000 individuals, some going back to the late 1600s. He has been a presenter at Jewish genealogy conferences over the years, and leads
workshops on a variety of genealogy topics.

The panel will be moderated by JGSCV Board member and Publicity Committee Chairperson, Marion Werle.

Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Werner Frank, a founding member of JGSCV. This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.

Our traveling library will have categories A and D books. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our website www.jgscv.org under traveling library.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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