Past meetings

Rod Martel,

Sheer Ganor,Brad Prager

moderator-Walter elias

Family Secrets: A Panel Discussion of the film The Flat

12/13/2020

Many of us have had the experience of sorting through the belongings of departed family members.In the film The Flat, the filmmaker discovers some surprising secrets in the apartment of his German Jewish grandparents and embarks on a journey to understand them. Our panel explored the complex relationship of German Jews to the country and countrymen of Germany during and after the Holocaust.

J.D. Arden, Center for Jewish History

Exploring Your New York Family History Online

9/17/2020

Most of us had family that began their US experience in New York. Their New York experience is an important part of our story. This talk focused on immigrants to New York with an emphasis on resources available at the CJH Ackerman and Ziff Family Genealogy Institute.

liba casson

nudell phd

Shining a Light on Jewish Genealogy

7/12/2020 

This webinar was an introductory genealogy class focused upon the beginner-level researcher who wants to start an exploration of their family history and Jewish roots. It covered the basics of how to get started using Internet resources including free websites such as JewishGen, FamilySearch, CJH.org, MyHeritage.com, local public libraries, and paid websites such as Ancestry.com. 

kate

dietrick,

susan weinberg

Finding Treasures in the Archives

5/24/2020 

This webinar was presented from two perspectives, an archivist and a user. Kate Dietrick, archivist for the Berman Jewish Archives spoke of what you can expect when you visit the archives and Susan Weinberg, author and genealogist, shared the experience of a user of both the MN Historical Society and the Berman Jewish Archives and what she found on individuals and the broader Jewish community while doing research for her book.

kate dietrick

Saving Your Family History

4/12/2020

Many of us have them: piles of family papers stashed haphazardly in a box in the attic, photographs peeling off old photo album pages in the basement. As an archivist dealing with old and rare materials, Kate Dietrick offered expert tips to keep  memorable items safe for the long haul. 

susan weinberg

Crossing the Ocean

3/29/2020

Examined how to use US records to connect to family records in Europe, locating family in ancestral towns. Case studies in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Belarus.

Joanie 

Schirm,

EvaMoreimi, Tina Edstam

Czechs, China and the Holocaust

1/25/2020

Presentation by authors and speakers on Czech Jews and their experience in the Holocaust. Joanie Holzer Schirm, author of My Dear Boy, Eva Moreimi, author of Hidden Recipes and Dr. Tina Edstam on Jewish-Christian relationships in the Czech Republic.

Liba Casson-Nudell, Carol Gurstelle, Tina Edstam, Susan Weinberg, Walter Elias

Visiting Your Ancestral Town

12/8/2019

Panel discussion of visits to ancestral towns, identifying the town, preparation, finding a guide, discoveries

dan kastrul

Street-Smart DNA

10/27/2019

Understanding the tools and terminology to find matches in your DNA data using GedMatch.

tina scott

edstam phd

Never Again? Historical Themes & Genealogical Discoveries

9/6/2019

Tina spoke about her travels to both the Czech Republic and Sweden to meet with living relatives. She shared her discovery of family while providing a historical context which connected to contemporary issues of antisemitism. 

Jeanne Bielke-Rodenbiker, Susan Weinberg

Library Genealogy Resources/ Your Ancestors' Journey

7/14/2019

Jeanne shared genealogical resources available through the Hennepin Library and Susan introduced ways to explore immigration records, followed by a working session.

Janet Horvath

Pursuing Our History:  When Ancestors are Gone

5/23/2019

Janet Horvath shared her search into family Holocaust history and a unique connection to Leonard Bernstein that makes her history sing.

Sally Abrams, Claude Riedel, Heewon Lee

Genealogy, DNA and Adoption: Blessings and Pitfalls

4/3/2019

Panelists: Sally Abrams, a Beth El member, who recently discovered through DNA analysis a half-sister she never knew she had. Claude Riedel, a retired psychologist, an adoptee himself, who specialized in adoption in his practice. Claude addressed the emotional aspects of searching for birth parents and siblings. Heewon Lee, also an adoptee, a graduate student in the genetic counseling program at the University of Minnesota. 

Panel moderated by Walter Elias, President of the MNJGS

susan

weinberg

A 3-D View of Immigration: Laws, Documents and Story

1/27/2019

​A 3-D View of Immigration, presents a perspective on immigration through the lens of laws, documents and family story. With a focus on the 1900s, Susan will examine the immigration laws that affected entry, the immigration documents that were created with changes in the law and the stories of the Jews of the 1900s who came to America. 

bennett

greenspan

DNA and Ancestral Jewish Roots

10/7/2018

The overwhelming majority of Jews living today can trace their roots back to the Middle East with a little DNA testing. Bennett Greenspan discussed what DNA testing has taught us about Jewish roots, shared the latest research and his expertise about how to use DNA to determine  ancestral Jewish roots, settle family disputes and connect to long-lost relatives. 

bennett

greenspan

Discovering Your Jewish DNA

10/6/2018

A private MNJGS evening with world-renowned Jewish DNA expert Bennett Greenspan, founder of Family Tree DNA. Bennett shared personal insights and answered questions about Jewish DNA.

Dr. Stephen

heifetz

How I Found My Jewish Roots in a Wisconsin Barn

7/01/2018

Dr. Steven Heifetz shared the discovery of his ancestral roots in a small town in Wisconsin and some amazing artifacts that played a role in his family today.

Jay sage

DNA Testing: A Genealogical Tool

4/14/2018

tina scott

edstam phd

The Jewish Czech Experience: Historical Overview, Personal Journey

3/4/2018

Tina Scott Edstam, Phd taught us about the Jewish Czech Experience through both personal and historical stories.

Susan

Weinberg

History & Impact of Immigration Laws in US

(jointly with Or Emet)

2/04/2018

Bill

Wolpert

Quick Start: Intro to Jewishgen

1/28/2018

Susan

Weinberg

Minneapolis Library Family History Fair

10/28/2017

A 3-D View of Immigration Laws, Documents and Immigrants

joanne

sher

Translating Jewish Tombstones

6/11/17

frederick

hertz

Finding David Blumenfeld

3/19/2017

walter

elias

Jewish Roots: An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy

2/18/2017

Susan

Weinberg

The 20th Century Jewish Immigrant Experience

10/30/2016

ellen

engseth

How to Archive Your Genealogical Research

9/18/2016

bill

rosenbloom

Visit to Sons of Jacob Cemetery

7/10/2016

steve

greenstein

susan weinberg

Breaking Down Brick Walls

4/19/2016

Kate

dietrick

Using the Jewish Archives

2/24/2016

Walter

Elias

Helpful Tools: Viewmate

12/13/2015

Susan

Weinberg

Helpful Tools: Stevemorse.org

12/13/2015

Joanne

sher

Basics of Genealogy Research

11/15/2015

Susan

Weinberg

Finding Your History: Telling Your Story

9/27/2015

Bill

wolpert

Intro to Jewishgen.org

6/14/2015

Group

tour

Tour of Family History Library - Crystal

5/12/2015

Lesley

cafarelli

Genealogical Proof

4/15/2015

Susan

Weinberg

Capturing the Stories

2/08/2015

Susan

Weinberg

Intro to Jewish Genealogy - Engage program

1/10/2015

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