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I received this inquiry and hope some of you can assist:

“I’m a utah resident, looking for lost relatives between the years 1914-1924 who arrived at Alice Island from Russia, Byelarus, lived for a period of time in Rochester NY, then disappeared. One male adult, four young teenage kids ( three boys and a girl). MyHeritage, JewishGen, local data in Russia- none are helpful.
Your advise please?

Thank you,”
Janna Zamir
801-201-5138 cell/text

Message from the President

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

Our next meeting will be on 25 April at 7. We’ll send an announcement once we schedule a speaker. Please suggest speakers!

Message From The President

(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 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.