23 | Jan
06:30PM
23 | Jan
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

SOLD OUT: Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist

In this fun and informative workshop, Sherlock Cohn, the internationally-known Jewish genealogy sleuth, will demonstrate how and why it is important to mine the clues our ancestors left for us in their photographs. The first part of the program will focus on understanding how immigration and assimilation, as well as religious customs and practices of our Jewish ancestors, help us learn more about the personalities and the stories hidden within our family photos. In the second portion of the program, Sherlock will use case studies, including one from Yeshiva University Museum’s current exhibition, Lost and Found – A Family Photo Album, to illustrate how photo dating, photo identification, knowledge of fashion and artifact history, and matching vital records can illuminate our relatives’ lives and help us solve some of our vexing genealogy mysteries. At the conclusion, she will help workshop attendees begin the process of analyzing their own family photos.

If you plan to attend this workshop and have a family photo you would like Sherlock Cohn to analyze, please read the photo submission guidelines here.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ticket Info: This event is sold out.

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

23 | Jan
07:00PM
23 | Jan
07:00PM

concert and discussion

Sam Adler: Building Bridges with Music

The prolific composer and educator Sam Adler, born the son of a cantor in 1928 in Mannheim, Germany, reflects on a life in music in an intimate interview and performance of his chamber works.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 LBI/ASJM members, seniors, students at samadler.bpt.me or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

concert and discussion

27 | Jan
02:00PM
27 | Jan
02:00PM

lecture

Bad Rabbi: and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press

Eddy Portnoy, Ph.D., author of Bad Rabbi, Academic Advisor for the Max Weinreich Center and Exhibition Curator at YIVO, will discuss the Yiddish press in New York and Warsaw and the often strange stories about Jews that appear in it, as well as its use as a genealogical resource.

Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS members

lecture

21 | Feb
06:30PM
21 | Feb
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Genealogy Lecture for Sephardi and Mizrahi Families

Curious about family history outside of the Pale of Settlement? J.D. Arden, Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History, will provide an overview of tools for researching Jewish community records and Jewish life in the Sephardi and Mizrahi Diaspora.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bpt.me/3909846 or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

24 | Feb
02:00PM
24 | Feb
02:00PM

lecture

Lublin’s “Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre” and the 43 Thousand Project: Documenting an Entire Lost Jewish Community of Lublin, One Individual at a Time

Olivier Szlos will present the work of Lublin’s “Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre” Centre to reclaim Jewish memory in the Lublin region of Poland, with its 43 Thousand Project, by exploring archives, personal testimonies and private collections to retrieve names, photos, documents and stories, and provide a hands-on approach to the project’s public access database that might add to your family research.

Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS 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.