Date: 15 Aug 2022Time: 7:00 pm MST Speaker: Janette Silverman Topic: Illegitimacy in the Jewish Communities of Galicia The many punitive and restrictive laws in the Austrian Empire resulted in choices made by the Jewish community to circumvent these. Originally instituted to curtail the size of the Jewish community and create boundaries, the communities themselves changed and found ways to work around the laws. Many birth, marriage and death records in the Jewish community use terms like “illegitimate” and “ritual marriage”. Sometimes our ancestors had multiple surnames, or even hyphenated surnames this session will discuss these and the insight we can gain about the lives of our ancestors
Our next meeting will be a Round-Table discussion. We would like each of you to talk about a great research experience, travel adventure in pursuit of family or research, family reunion or DNA connections, something we can all enjoy!
Also, please remember to keep your membership active (or start it).
We still need chairs for membership and activities committees, and members in all committees. Please participate!
It’s been suggested that we rotate the program responsibility for each month to different members of the group (or interested parties). You can present the program yourself or work with us to locate a speaker on a topic of your choice of benefit to all (or most). Our next scheduled presentation is in March 2023, so there are lots of opportunities!
Adam Cherson will be speaking about three of his projects: Cultural Genography, Rabbinical Lineages Index, Levi-Cohen Tribal Tree. The topics all involve Y-DNA analysis, but it’s tailored to be of interest to DNA novices as well. I believe it will be a bit of a promotion for fee-for-service offerings, but the subjects are incredibly interesting.
Many thanks to Josh and to Bill Elkus for making this possible.
April 26 – This is a Tuesday! Rabbi Samuel Spector of Congregation Kol Ami has agreed to meet with us there (2425 East Heritage Way, Salt Lake City) for a combination in-person (masked and vaccinated) and Zoom meeting. He will talk about the history of Kol Ami, the state of the Utah Jewish Community, and the significance of family history/traditions in Judaism.
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)