Announcement: JGS of NY

Posted by Edith Ewenstein

Next Meeting

March 6, 2011

2:00 p.m.

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Manhattan, NY 10011

DC2011 – A Capital Conference

Marlene Bishow

Marlene Bishow will provide a preview of the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to take place in Washington, DC August 14-19, 2011.

This program will address the exciting plans being organized right now. Hosted by the JGSGW. Attendees will be able to take advantage of repositories and resources in this vibrant metropolitan area. The conference hotel, the Grand Hyatt Washington, is just five blocks from the National Archives, close to the White House, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and the restored Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Orientation sessions given by staff of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Archives, and Library of Congress will help prepare attendees to navigate each of these repositories with maximum efficiency and success.

Through more than 150 lectures, the program will feature presentations on the records of the International Tracing Service (ITS) and the release of the 1940 United States Census, as well as a myriad of other topics and geographical areas. The conference will promote the SIGs, BOFs and family societies, with a SIG Fair and special interest meetings at breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Marlene Katz Bishow is a native of the Bronx, grew up in Flushing, NY, and has been a genealogist for 54 years. She is currently the President of the JGS of Greater Washington (JGSGW). Marlene is the Editor of two of the society’s publications: “Capital Collections:
Resources for Jewish Genealogical Research in the Washington, DC Area” and “Jump-Start Your Jewish Genealogical Research: A Beginner’s Guide.” She is also the presently the Co-Chair for Programs for the forthcoming 31st IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

JewishGen with Karen Franklin and Gary Mokotoff

A short presentation on JewishGen will be followed by a lively discussion about the needs of the Jewish genealogical community, the role of JewishGen, the future of the field and what we can do to attract new users and younger family historians.

Karen Franklin and Gary Mokotoff will be avid listeners on the subject of JewishGen and ways it can be improved to serve the needs of its users. They are eager to bring your ideas back to the JewishGen volunteers, staff and Board of Governors. Recommendations from a similar session last spring in Washington have already been implemented.

Gary Mokotoff is an author, lecturer and leader of Jewish genealogy. He has been recognized by three major genealogical organizations for his achievements. He is the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS); recipient of Lifetime Membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists; and the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He has been on a number of Boards of Directors including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, JewishGen, Association of Professional Genealogists, Association of Jewish Book Publishers and Jewish Book Council. He is co-chair of the Board of Governors of JewishGen.

Karen S. Franklin is currently a guest curator at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. A co-chair of the Board of Governors of JewishGen, she is a past president of the IAJGS and a past chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums. Mrs. Franklin serves on the board of the ICOM’s (International Council of American Museums) - Memorial Museums Committee. She is also a juror for the Obermayer German Jewish History Award. Karen was the only director of a Jewish museum ever to be elected to the board of the American Association of Museums. A researcher on looted art, she has worked on cases in Europe and the United States.

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