Next Meeting Sunday, March 18
The Jewish Calendar Demystified
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m.
Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento is honored once again to have genealogist extraordinaire Steve Morse speak to us. Steve hosts the "must-see" Web site for genealogists of all levels -- www.stevemorse.org -- and has pioneered the "one-step" search mechanism for many sites and databases.
Steve's talk in March will focus on the Jewish calendar, important to genealogists because Jewish vital records use the Jewish dates. This includes not only birth, marriage and death certificates, but tombstone engravings as well.
The Jewish calendar is both a solar and lunar calendar, with the months being synchronized to the moon and years to the sun. As such, the rules governing the calendar can be a bit daunting. This talk presents the calendar in an easy-to-understand -- and sometimes tongue-in-cheek -- fashion. The aim is not to make you an expert in computing Jewish dates (there are programs that do that) but rather to give you an appreciation for what's involved in such calculations.
The month is defined as a fixed period of time rather than by astronomical observations, leading to a 19-year cycle of 235 months. Steve says several problems surface, and he will present four rules that solve these problems. He'll also discuss the origin of time, showing that creation occurred at the end rather than the beginning of year 1. The method of converting between Jewish dates and secular dates will be given, and errors in the Jewish and secular calendars demonstrated. He'll also describe the method of representing dates on tombstones by using Hebrew letters.
Steve Morse is an amateur genealogist who has been researching his Russian-Jewish origins for the past few years. Several years ago he developed some web-based searching aids which have attracted attention worldwide. He has received both the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
In his other life Steve is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He has held numerous corporate research positions and taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford and several universities in New York. According to Steve, he is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (granddaddy of today's pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 25 years ago.
Steve's talk will kick off Jewish Genealogy Month, March 20- April 18 (Nisan 5767).
Allan Bonderoff Recovering
Several of our members have visited Allan at his current location, in room B-1 of the Eskaton Care Center-Greenhaven, 455 Florin Road, Sacramento 95831, (916) 393-2550. He is making progress and we continue to wish him a speedy recovery. We expect to see him at an upcoming meeting before long.
In Allan's absence, those who still need to submit 2007 dues should send checks to the JGSS c/o the Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento, CA 95825.
Anti-Semitism Program to Air
As you may have seen in the Sacramento Bee and elsewhere, KVIE Channel 6 has now decided it will air the program "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence," following persuasion by the Jewish Community Relations Council..
The program, which has already aired nationally in many television markets, will be repeated a number of times here, as follows:
Wed. 3/14/07 11 p.m.
Thurs. 4/19/07 8 p.m.
Thurs. 4/19/07 11 p.m.
Sat. 4/21/07 1:30 a.m.
Sat. 4/21/07 4:30 a.m.
Yad Vashem Seeking Volunteers
Yad Vashem wants volunteers willing to contact local institutions and individuals to grow the Shoah Victims Database, whose principal documents are Pages of Testimony. With the aid of promotional materials Yad Vashem has developed, volunteers will reach out to survivors and their families and assist them in registering the names of Jews they know were murdered in the Shoah. This will be done through synagogues, Holocaust centers, Jewish community centers, Jewish student organizations, senior centers and social service agencies. To volunteer send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to names.outreach@... with the subject heading "Names Volunteer."
Internet Genealogy Radio Program
We previously mentioned the new weekly radio program on genealogy topics. Member Shelley Ross has listened to it and recommends it. It airs on Thursdays at 1 p.m. -- check out www.familyrootsradio.com. (And Shelley says the previous programs are archived, so if you can't listen live, you can catch up later.)
(from) GEORGEA KOVANIS: Detroit Free Press
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- December 17, 2017 Meeting NotesPresident Mort Rumberg provided members with an overview of upcoming meetings:January 21 -- Diane Weber, “Trip to Hamburg”February 18 – Joan Adler, “Writing Family History”March 18 – Elissa Einhorn, “The Genealogy of the Jewish People: Immigrant Stories from Sacramento”April 15 – Steve Morse, “Finding Presidents and Their Ancestors in the Strangest Places”Dues now due: As of January, our annual dues of $36 are due. You can bring a check to the January 21 meeting or mail it to the JGSS, c/o the Einstein Center, Box 240, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento, CA 95825.Teven Laxer is the director of the Jewish Film Festival this year and provided a handout. The Festival will take place at the Crest Theater, April 19 -27.In his role as our librarian, he noted that duplicate books from our library will be available for purchase after the meeting. This will free up some space for newer volumes. We have close to 600 books – he is preparing a spreadsheet of what we have and will send it out to members. It will be able to be sorted by title or author.He asked whether members would have an interest if the library were opened up at noon for genealogical research – an email will be sent out about possible times.December 17 ProgramRobinn Magid – Discovering Hidden Treasures in the JRI-Poland DatabaseRobinn is the lead co-chair for the IAJGS Conference in Warsaw, Poland this August. She has been a JRI-Poland volunteer for the past 23 years. Just this year, she received an Outstanding Contributions Medal from the City of Lublin. Robinn’s great-grandmother died in the Lublin ghetto.JRI-Poland is the largest fully searchable internet database for Jewish records, located in Jewish archives. Even the Polish archives rely on JRI-Poland records, Robinn said. JRIP extracts vital data, in a Napoleonic format, she said, and has almost 6 million records from more than 550 towns. “We have more, but can’t put it up due to Polish privacy laws,” she said.The database is not limited to current Polish boundaries but includes records from Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany and the former areas of Galicia and Prussia.If you email info@..., we can find someone to help you, Robinn said. They try to work with other groups, including the JewishGen Holocaust Database. Files go online after they are funded.Robinn said there has been a recent change to Polish privacy laws – now, after 80 years, marriage and death records are public; birth records, 100 years.There are some 2900 city halls in Poland – JRIP has about 900 contacts.General Record Types –There are vital records, notices (court and legal), newspaper announcements, lists (census, cemetery, taxes, army, passports, etc. ).Robinn noted that JRiI-Poland partners with other nonprofits so some things come from other databases,Polish spelling – Robinn said there was no standard spelling in Poland in the 19th century; when using an English search engine, the letter J functions like a Y or I. The penultimate syllable in Polish is accented.Sz – sh or sch soundC – Tz soundCz – Tch soundFrom 1868 to 1917, records were in Cyrillic. In 1918, they went back to Polish.Robinn said for the JRI-Poland database, it’s best to use Polish, not English spelling.One book of note Robinn recommends: Judith Frazin, “A Translation Guide to 19th century Polish Language Civil Registration Documents.”Patronymic records –Owicz – son ofOwna – daughter ofOwa – wife ofSurnames were mandated in 1821 –some earlier, some later.JRI Poland is the original SIG – Poland Special Interest GroupA few tips:Always look for records from “no specified region,” Robinn says.Use brackets, such as [c]y [g] iel [Lman]There were a lot of late registrations of records. Records can be spelled three different ways in the same record – there was no standardized spelling in the 19th century.~~~~Robinn helped with Paul Rudd’s family tree on a recent episode of “Finding Your Roots,” and received a screen credit. She is helping with another episode right now.~~~~If you have questions about JRI-Poland, you can email info@.... Robinn is the lead co-chair for the conference and can be reached about that at robinn@.... Her basic email is robinnm@....~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Recent “Finding Your Roots” – Below is a link to one of the recent “Finding Your Roots” shows on PBS. It featured Amy Schumer and Maya Rudolph, both with Jewish roots. BTW, while not mentioned on the program, Amy is related to Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.
See you at our next meeting, Sunday, January 21.