Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura
County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, September 9, 2012 1:30-3:30 pm
at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks,
The Topic: Ethics, Sensitivities, Sensibilities and Property
Last January's panel of the same topic was so popular we
promised to do a Part II with some different panelists and different issues.
How do ethics relate to family history and genealogy? 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 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"? Newer issues such as DNA testing
also present ethical issues, not the least of which is privacy.
you had the challenge of how to address family history with such issues, as
adoption, conversion, an "early" birth or baby born outside of marriage, do
not know family is Jewish or denial of being Jewish, intermarriage, previous
marriage, or sexual preference? What about family information used without
citation of sources or permission, incorrect family information changed and
publicized by someone else, 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
Hal Bookbinder, founding member of JGSCV, past
president of IAJGS and JGSLA, author of 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
Sandra Malek, president of JGSLA and attorney for over 30
years concentrating on employment law, Sandy has been active in genealogy
for nearly a decade, has grown her tree to nearly 4200
Rabbi Richard Spiegel, spiritual leader Temple Etz Chaim,
Thousand Oaks since June 2000. He is an active participant and leader in the
Rabbinical Assembly. Served as past president of the Pacific Southwest Region
of the Rabbinical Assembly and is a member of the Board of Jewish World
Adam Wills, Senior Editor, Jewish Journal.
Marion Werle, JGSCV Board Member
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
Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the
meeting begins will be facilitated by Debra Kay-Blatt Secretary, JGSCV and a
founding member of JGSCV.
This permits attendees to ask questions
on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.
devote as much time as possible to the panel and q/a from the audience, we
will not have a genealogical hint part of the meeting for this month.
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.
is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend.
more information including directions to the meeting, see our website www.jgscv.org