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.

Call to Meeting – September 13

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.

Registration is required, as always.

We’ll see you there.

Call to Meeting – July 19

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.

Registration is required.

We’ll see you there.

Call to Meeting – June 21

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.

Register to join us via GoToWebinar.

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.

Call to Meeting – May 10

Yes, you read that right. Our next meeting is on Monday, May 10th, at 6:30pm.

Our speaker will be Angie Bush, an internationally recognized genetic genealogist working at Ancestry ProGenealogists. Her presentation will be “Endogamy and Your DNA Matches”.

We’re expecting a shorter presentation, so bring your DNA and endogamy questions for Angie.

Sorry for the late notice of the unusual meeting date. We’ll see you Monday night.