My March schedule has become full already! So I suggest that instead of our regular meeting, we learn from and enjoy the presentations at RootsTech 2022. Over 1,500 sessions will available when it is live on 3-5 March and they will continue to be available online for the next year. That will enable us to see so many different presentations as well as repeating those of greatest interest.
The conference is virtual, just requiring a FREE registration at https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/next/.
Our next meeting will be on 25 April at 7. We’ll send an announcement once we schedule a speaker. Please suggest speakers!
Join us on February 21 at 7 pm (Mountain Standard Time), Rabbi Barbara Aiello will present “Heritage Hiding in Plain Sight“. This will be a live presentation, despite the time difference from her home in Calabria. A Question and Answer session will follow her presentation.
She will talk about the Jewish traditions carried in many families, even those who do not have a memory of Jewish Heritage. For some of these families, the necessity to hide their heritage due to the reprisals of the Inquisition was so life-altering that the secret was lost in later generations. Some of these families are only now discovering this heritage through DNA testing.
Rabbi Barbara Aiello was appointed Italy’s first woman rabbi in 2004 and continues to serve as Italy’s only modern, liberal rabbi who lives and works in Italy. She continues to serve Jews throughout Europe as a spokesperson for Pluralistic Judaism – a movement that deliberately blurs denominational lines and extends the hand of Jewish welcome to Jews of all backgrounds.
Rabbi Barbara Aiello was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. She holds an MS from The George Washington University in Washington DC and received “smeicha” (rabbinic ordination) from The Rabbinical Seminary International and the Rabbinical Academy in New York City.
Join us for our next meeting on Monday, 17 January 2022 at 7 pm
Yaron Isaac “Sparky” Kohen will speak to us on “Gentile to Jew: A Tale of Identity” describing his journey discovering his Jewish Heritage.
Yaron Kohen was born to parents who were abraded from their true heritage. Having no knowledge of his bloodline, Yaron pursued his life through the void of his father’s adopted name. That was until a link was discovered that initiated a genealogical search that led him to a destination that would forever change his life.
Kathy Kirkpatrick is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: UJGS Meeting Time: Jan 17, 2022 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
(Sorry for the duplicate email. The first was not meant to be sent out. This one has some minor corrections.)
Gary Bowen and Barry Mann have agreed to continue as the chairs of the Publicity Committee.
Kathy hopes that there will be interest in chairing the Activities and Membership committees since she is tasked with them otherwise.
Activities Committee works to invite speakers to present monthly programs as well as other possible events. The December meeting might be a Hanukkah party if we can meet in person.
Membership Committee should be responsible for current member list as well as greeting new members, inviting lapsed members to join again, and non-member attendees to join. Josh reminded us that our members often belong to other societies as well and that those overlapping groups might be sources of new members.
Committee chairs will attend Virtual Board Meetings, held at least once a year, but hopefully quarterly this year.
Banai has posted the approved meeting dates for 2022 at https://ujgs.org/blog/. We are hoping that the professionals in our membership pick a date for a presentation of their choosing (within the umbrella of Jewish studies). We should also invite professional researchers and translators in our circles to join our organization and to speak.
Changed meeting time to 7 pm to allow members time to get home from work to log on to the virtual meetings. In-person meetings at the FHL are not possible as long as it closes at 5 pm.
Videos of previous meetings are currently being reviewed by Banai for posting online. As a member benefit, we are expecting to put them behind the paywall for members only. This will hopefully also encourage more to join as members for the low cost of only $10/year.