Join us at our 25th Anniversary Luncheon
December 8, 2013
Guest Speaker ~ Robin Seidenberg
When Robin B. Seidenberg researched a family scandal involving her great aunt, referred to as the "Kissing Blonde", she realized that historical newspapers were a fantastic resource. She discovered that another great aunt - described as "the most universally famous girl in America" and “the girl with the schoolgirl complexion” - had an extensive career on Broadway and in Hollywood.
A member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists, Robin currently serves as Co-President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, vice president of PCBUG, and president of Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts. She has been studying her family history since 1997.
Robin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and completed most of her Ph.D. requirements at the University of Illinois. This former college French teacher has used her linguistic skills to translate family records from Polish and Old Cyrillic.
Robin specializes in using historical newspapers to research family history.
About our November 24th meeting
Marlis Glaser Humphrey is the industry’s foremost expert on next generation family history publishing. She has applied her 20+ years experience in broadband communications and media and broadcast, technology, marketing, and strategic planning to the genealogy world.
Not only a successful researcher, Marlis has approached genealogy with a unique perspective on how technology advances in multimedia applications can enrich our sharing of family history and presents and teaches her ideas and methods, inspiring genealogists – whether beginner, expert, or professional, nationally and internationally. Marlis holds a B.A. in Russian and an M.S. in Management of Technology.
Marlis is President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), Co-Chair of the IAJGS Boston 2013 Conference, and IAJGS Membership Development Committee responsible for the Southeastern U.S. Region. She is Publications and Technology Outreach Committee Chair for the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and Vice President of Programs and Publicity for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO).
The keynote speaker at the conference will be Aaron Lansky, the founder and president of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Mr. Lansky is responsible for revitalizing the study of the Yiddish language and motivating hundreds of young scholars to study and teach Yiddish. He has saved over a million Yiddish books since he started collecting them as a 23-year old graduate student in 1980. His mission to rescue Yiddish literature earned him a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1985.
By collecting books once destined for dumpsters, Mr. Lansky has been able to establish or strengthen Yiddish collections at 700 libraries in 26 countries. With help from Steven Spielberg, his Yiddish Book Center has digitized most of its collection, including many Yizkor books, and posted them online. The Center now sponsors a range of educational and cultural programs that not only preserve Yiddish culture of the past but also bring it to younger generations for the future. Mr. Lansky has told the story of his lifelong work in his best-selling book, Outwitting History, which was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award in Non-Fiction.
Mr. Lansky will speak at the opening plenary session on Sunday evening, August 4. He also will be available to meet with attendees at a "Breakfast with the Experts." There will be a special bus tour to the Yiddish Book Center offered during the conference.
To view a YouTube video with Mr. Lansky talking about the Center, click here.
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BERNARD ISRAELITE KOUCHEL
July 4, 1927 ~ April 9, 2013
Sadly, we must mark the passing of our Founder and President Emeritus, Bernie Kouchel, who has guided this organization for the past 25 years. Bernie was buried April 11, 2013 in the Veteran's section of Vista Memorial Gardens, with military honors.
As one of the pioneers of Jewish genealogy, and a member of the JewishGen Board, Bernie has left his indelible footprints on the pages of JewishGen. Recognized in a proclamation declaring the month of December, 2001 to be "Bernard Israelite Kouchel Month
," the award read, "Such honor [is] bestowed upon our friend and loyal member of the JewishGen Board for his illustrious service rendered over a long and productive tenure and his accomplishments both outstanding and unforgettable to this virtual community."
More recently, in 2012, he was beyond thrilled to be the recipient of the Outstanding Program or Project Award from IAJGS
for the conception of the popular ViewMate Project, which by now must have close to 20,000 images archived.
As the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County marks its 25th year, having been founded by Bernie Kouchel in 1988, I published in our March newsletter, greetings from renowned genealogist, Miriam Weiner (Roots to Routes) who wrote, "His leadership, innovative ideas, continuing quest for new resources and involvement in Jewish genealogy on both a local and national level led to the establishment and continuing growth of your society."
His accomplishments are far too numerous to mention, but included the chair of the Broward County Research Committee for MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida
, an important Florida project which is now a part of the Jewish Museum in Miami.
After retiring as a buliding contractor in New York and Florida, Bernie authored a book entitled, Book of Israelite Family History
. From his mother, he inherited the candlesticks his grandmother, Sarah Israelite brought with her from Novogrudok, Belarus in 1902, arriving in Brooklyn with three children to join her husband, Michl. "I envision Shabbat candle lighting rituals with Bubba waving her hands over the lit candles,"
he wrote, "it endures in my memory."
He now joins them, and Bernie will endure in our memories, having well-earned his rest on earth.
The JGSBC extends our condolences, love and profound sympathy to the family of Bernie Kouchel.
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25th Anniversary Luncheon
Guest Speaker – Robin Seidenberg
"To Tell or Not to Tell: Should the Family Skeletons Stay in the Closet?”
We will also present the 2013 Estelle Nemoy Award
LUNCHEON PRICE IS $25 and is open to non-members ~
General Meeting & Elections
Presenter: Board of Directors
General Meeting (programming to be announced) and Election of 2014 Officers