Schedule of Upcoming 2022 Events

Please note: Meeting times, dates, locations and speakers are subject to change.

Information is regularly updated. 

Due to the Corona virus situation, our meetings this year were conducted on the Zoom. Starting May 15, our meetings will be in-person AND online whenever possible and safe.

 


 


Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm (NOTE LATER TIME)

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027

 

Speaker: Jerry Zaks, Child of Two Survivors

 

Jerry Zaks is a 2nd Generation Survivor. After retiring in 2016 from a successful career in IT and computer programming, Jerry started a quest of researching and documenting the history of his parents’ experiences and hardships growing up in Poland in the 1930’s. Utilizing the computer and internet skills learned during his career he has spent over 4+ years assembling a detailed presentation which bears witness to his parents’ story.

 

Topic: Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah

 

Jerry will share the amazing details of his family’s Holocaust experiences and present his journey into personalized family Holocaust research, with strategies and suggestions for those who wish to dive into their own family histories.


Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm

Via Zoom

 

Speaker: Hal Bookbinder, Genealogical Writer and Lecturer

     

         

Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, Jewish culture and Jewish history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives reaching back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia. He has served as president of the IAJGS and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Topic: The Bookbinder Family of Philadelphia Restaurant Fame

 

The newspaper coverage of the bootlegging trial of Emanual Bookbinder during Prohibition is especially engaging, with lots of twists and turns. But, as Philadelphians, you may be well aware of this. The first Bookbinder, Levi, arrived on the Webster in June 1857. In October, his wife, daughter and 3-year-old son, Simeon, arrived on the Casilda. Simeon would later be known as Samuel and start his oyster house in the 1890s.