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)
Shana Tova! Happy New Year! It’s now the year 5782 and we’ve got our first meeting of the year coming up in between major holidays, which is why we’re meeting this coming Monday, September 13, at 6:30pm, via Zoom.
Paul Graham will be teaching us about Genealogical Source Citations.
Citations are important for everyone to use, no matter what level of genealogist you are, amateur to advanced. If you don’t know where the information came from, you can’t know how reliable it is, especially if you find something later that contradicts it.
Our next meeting of UJGS will be on the 19th of July, 6:30pm Mountain Time.
Our speakers are Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Maria Apodaca presenting about Conversos and Crypto Jews.
Schelly, founder of “Tracing the Tribe,” will discuss ethnicity, history, migration and DNA of Converso Jews. Maria will speak about her family’s personal journey. Both are leaders of Centro Sefarad New Mexico, the Sephardic Heritage program of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico.
Beginning this month, we are moving from GoToWebinar to Zoom, so be patient with us as we figure out the new software.
June 21st is the next UJGS meeting, 6:30pm online.
Our speaker is Chuck Weinstein, the Towns/Districts Director for the Ukraine Special Interest Group, 2019 JewishGen Volunteer of the Year, and co-chair of the 2016 IAJGS Conference. His topic is: The Three Great Myths of Jewish Genealogy.
And welcome to a bunch of new mailing list members. You signed up to be added to our mailing list at RootsTech 2020 but unfortunately those lists went missing until recently. We’re still happy for you to join us.