21 | May
02:00PM
21 | May
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Jews and the Rise of Immigration Restrictions in the 1920s

Speaker: Dr. Libby Garland

In 1921 and 1924, Congress passed legislation intended to reduce the influx of immigrants to the U.S. These new laws allocated only small quotas for southern and eastern Europe, and banned all immigration from Asia. Their purpose was to limit the number of foreigners considered inferior and a threat to the nation. Jews, heavily represented in early 20th century immigration, were among the prime targets of the laws. In this talk Dr. Garland discusses the response of Jews both in the U.S. and abroad to these new restrictions, including the attempts of many Jewish migrants to try to get to the U.S. in violation of the law.

Dr. Garland is Associate Professor of History at Kingsborough College of the City University of New York. She is the author of After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965 (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2014).

Ticket Info: Free for JGS members; guests, $5 at the door.

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

11 | Jun
02:00PM
11 | Jun
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Galician Portraits: The Story of Jews, Gentiles, and Emperors

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Zalewski

The talk Galician Portraits brings to life the Jewish community of Galicia. The speaker's personal genealogical discoveries are intertwined within a larger historical context. The story of Galician Jews is the story of many contrasts: poverty mixes with opportunities, separateness with acculturation, where the sounds of Yiddish and Hebrew fill the heders, while German and Polish are spoken in the public schools. Based on research for Dr. Zalewski's recently published book, his talk is illustrated with many pictures, newly discovered historical documents and old maps of Galicia.

Andrew Zalewski was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States. Several generations of his Jewish and Christian ancestors traced their roots to this former province of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empire. Dr. Zalewski is a physician and former Professor of Medicine at Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Immediately before this program: "Gesher Galicia: Latest News, Projects, and Tips" from 1:00- 1:45. Meeting of Gesher Galicia members and friends from the New York area. Please join us for an overview of new genealogy-focused projects and online tools available through Gesher Galicia.

Ticket Info: Free for JGS members; guests, $5 at the door.

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting