21 | Aug
06:30PM
21 | Aug
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Researching your Ancestral Town

Are you interested in learning more about the day-to-day lives of your ancestors? Find out how you can investigate the history and culture of the Jewish community in your ancestral town(s) at the Center for Jewish History and beyond. Presented by Moriah Amit, the Center’s Senior Genealogy Reference Librarian. An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bpt.me/3483001 or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

12 | Sep
06:30PM
12 | Sep
06:30PM

family history today

Genealogical Resources in Yeshiva University Library's Special Collections

Join us for an illustrated overview of the major primary sources for Jewish genealogical research held by Yeshiva University Library's Special Collections. These include a range of archival collections and manuscripts from Germany, Hungary, and the United States, primarily dating from the mid-18th through early 20th centuries.

About the Speaker: Shulamith (Shuli) Z. Berger is the Curator of Special Collections at Yeshiva University's Mendel Gottesman Library. She is co-curator of the Library’s online exhibits: "Einstein and Yeshiva University" and "Echoes of Auras: Memorbuch of a Jewish Community" (library.yu.edu/digital), and writes for the Library’s blog at blogs.yu.edu/library.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bpt.me/3568854 or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

family history today

16 | Oct
06:30PM
16 | Oct
06:30PM

lecture

Stories of a Lifetime

One of the critical steps in genealogical research might not seem so obvious – to capture known relatives’ memories before they are forgotten or gone. Filmmaker Walter Schlomann shares his expertise recording family video biographies, and the rewards of documenting one’s family history. Learn tips and insights on how to research and record your own video histories, and how these stories impact the interviewee, the families, and future generations.  This presentation includes excerpts of evocative biographical videos produced by Walter, which run the gamut of life’s circumstances and emotions and collectively reflect the Jewish-American experience of the last 100 years.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bpt.me/3569892 or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

lecture

21 | Oct
02:00PM
21 | Oct
02:00PM

lecture

Branching Out from Sepharad: Solving a Converso Mystery, with Sarina Roffe

Sarina Roffé, professional genealogist and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project and author of Branching Out from Sepharad, outlines the history and expulsion of Jews in Spain, their history in Syria and immigration to the Americas. She discusses the Kassin rabbinic dynasty from the 12th century to the 50-year leadership of Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin in Brooklyn and solves a Converso mystery. 

Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS, ASF, NYG&B members

lecture

Group Visits and Instructional Sessions

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History welcomes groups and classes of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors may learn how to begin tracing their roots, explore primary sources useful to genealogy research, and gain hands-on experience searching for their ancestors in online databases. We have provided personalized sessions for: high school, undergraduate, and graduate classes, non-profit organizations/societies, and senior centers. All sessions can be customized for a variety of needs and group specifications.

Potential sessions can include:

  • Orientation to genealogy research and resources at the Center for Jewish History.
  • Introduction to using archival sources in genealogy research.
  • Exploration of a selected genealogy topic using collection materials.

If you are interested in learning more please fill out the form and we will be in touch.

Information on general tours can be found here.