Past Presentations and Workshops

April 26, 2022

Collecting The Dream

  David Matlow owns the world’s largest private collection of Theodor Herzl memorabilia. Through his website and weekly Canadian Jewish News online column, David uses his collection to inform people about the history of the Zionist movement and the State of Israel. Collecting the Dream tells Theodor Herzl’s story illustrated through […]
March 29, 2022

JGST Virtual Event: “Is it Genealogy or Bobeh Meises” (tales of your grandmother or “Old Wives Tales”)

Speaker: Michael Goldstein Michael specializes in North American, Eastern European, Israeli, and Holocaust research. He is a past-president of the IAJGS and of the Israel Genealogical Society. Michael chaired the 2015 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in Jerusalem. He has made presentations at numerous JGS societies and IAJGS […]
February 27, 2022

Jewish Migration from Eastern Europe

Speaker:  Nick Evans   University of Hull   This illustrated talk explores the often-forgotten port of Libau (Liepaja) enabling hundreds of thousands of Jews to flee Latvia and Lithuania between 1876 and 1917. The emergence of a major Baltic port with global shipping connections allowed Jewish refugees to bypass German ports […]
February 24, 2022

JGS Poland SIG Presentation: Feb. 23, 2022 How to Read and Interpret Russian BMD Documents

David Price, longtime JGS Toronto member taught himself how to interpret Cyrillic records.  He has contributed in a large way to JRI Poland by translating records and has helped many members wade through birth, marriage and death records of family members who were born in the former Russian Empire.  His […]
January 31, 2022

Preserving the Past – Protecting the Future: Who Will Inherit My Family History Research?

This was a virtual event held on Jan. 30, 2022.  5 presenters (all members of JGST) gave their individual methodology for preserving their genealogical research and passing it down in a creative way.  The speakers were: Henry Blumberg; Harvey and Adena Glasner; Jerry Scherer; Cyril Gryfe, and Les Kelman.
December 18, 2021

JGS Virtual Event – How do You Want to Be Remembered? Ethical Wills

Speaker: Dr. Lesley Simpson.  This virtual JGS program was delivered on Wed. Dec. 15, 2021 Dr. Lesley Simpson is a former Canadian journalist who worked as a staff reporter for Canadian daily newspapers and CBC radio. She recently defended her PhD thesis on Jewish ethical wills. While doing her research, […]
November 29, 2021

Get The Most Out of Researching Our Relatives in Lithuania

This is a virtual event that was held on Sunday Nov. 28, 2021 to members of JGS Toronto’s Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus SIG.  Garri Regev, former President of Israel Genealogical Society led the lecture. Here is the link
November 21, 2021

How to Best Use the Databases of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Speaker:  Megan Lewis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Megan Lewis spoke about the multiple resources available online in Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database of the USHMM website. Genealogists can learn about a variety of collections made available by the divisions of the Museum’s Library and Archives to assist members […]
October 28, 2021

Ukraine Sig October 2021

This presentation, “Jewish Life in Ukraine: A selected history from 800 to 1914”, will provide an introduction to the history of Ukraine as it pertains to Jewish settlement, from early recorded records, through the years of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Russian Empire, to 1914 and the start of […]
October 28, 2021

Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure

Author Anne Dublin discusses her book (a historical fiction) based on the story of Max Saxe who started up and ran the Ontario Jewish Farm School for orphans from Poland in the 1920s.  The farm and orphanage were located in Georgetown Ontario.  Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure