Monday evening -- Genealogy Meeting -- See You There!
- No Longer Hidden -- Discovering Converso Jewish Roots
Jewish Genealogy Society of Sacramento
Monday, April 18, 7 p.m. Albert Einstein Residence Center
1935 Wright Street (off Wyda Way), Sacramento
Please join us at our first evening meeting of 2005. Jason Lindo will talk
about the Conversos, or Hidden Jews --Spanish and Portuguese Jews forced to
convert during the Inquisition, and their descendants in the U.S., Mexico, South
America and Europe some of whom are now converting to Judaism after 500 or 600
years of separation.
Jason himself has a fascinating personal story. He is a descendant of
Portuguese Conversos and converted to Judaism eight years ago. He'll discuss the
traditions, customs, family names and geographic areas that Converso Jews use as
evidence of their Jewish origins. Don't miss this meeting Monday evening,
April 18. For more information, e-mail us at jgs_sacramento@... or leave
a message at (916) 486-0906, ext. 361.
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And for those of you with French relatives or ancestors, I wanted to share a
Web site I just discovered, www.memorialdelashoah.org
This site highlights the new Shoah memorial in Paris, located not far from
the heart of the Jewish quarter in the Marais (and across the Seine from the
deportation memorial behind Notre Dame). The new memorial is a wall inscribed
with the names of the 76,000 French Jews deported by the Nazis, and also the
names of French Jewish resistants killed during the war. On the Web site is a
database allowing you to search for specific names included on the wall. I had
difficulty finding relatives at first, until I limited the information
entered to just the surname, then they popped up.
Anyway, whether you have a future trip to Paris in mind or a relative to
research, I wanted to pass on this information.
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