Shem Tov

Shem Tov is the quarterly newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto. We have indexed back issues that include the very first newsletters that were published 30 years ago. Click on Back Issue Index (above this paragraph) to search the entire Shem Tov archive by author or subject.  Topic search buttons below are only available to members.

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September 10, 2018

Is Genetic Testing Relevant to Genealogical Research

Genetic Testing – Is it Relevant See Page 9  – Article by Harvey Glasner
September 12, 2017

Best Kept Secrets of Polish Genealogy

There is an excellent article written in our quarterly newsletter, Shem Tov by Fay and Julian Bussgang that will be very helpful to newbie Polish researchers. You can find it on Page 10 of the Sept. 2003 Issue.
September 8, 2017

My Return to a Lithuanian Shtetl part 2

Mendel Kaplan in the Sept. 1990, (page 5) issue of Shem Tov asks “Is it possible after viewing these horrors, to persuade any members of the community to pierce the veil into the world before the Holocaust – only very slightly?
September 8, 2017

My Chilean Connection

In 2011 Harvey and Adena Glasner travelled to Santiago Chile prior to their Chilean cruise. Harvey and Dov Glasner shared common roots in Nowy Sacz Galicia (now southern Poland). They met through Dov, a resident of Santiago and Harvey were curious if they were somehow blood related. No paperwork […]
September 8, 2017

Galicia Jewish Museum

This article was written in June 2010. The Galicia Jewish Museum is housed in an old mill in Kazimierz the old Jewish quarter of Kracow.
September 8, 2017

A Writer’s Guide to Diving Into Family History

Steve Luxenberg is a Washington Post editor and not a genealogist. In this essay he makes a case for delving into one’s family history to obtain the narratives re struggles, career challenges, failed marriages, business successes/failures, close calls, tragedies etc. Genealogy For The Rest of Us
September 6, 2017

The Search for Isaac Gross

This is a shortened version of a presentation to JGST in June of 2008. Lindy Goodman searchers for her paternal grandfather.
August 22, 2017

Looking for Batkis in a Haystack

Past President of JGST, Carolynne Veffer takes inquiries from genealogists who email her at [email protected] Frequently there are requests from people outside of Canada who are looking for relations who they knew spent time in Toronto or Montreal and then moved on. This time she received a plea for help […]
August 22, 2017

A Genealogy of the Mayer Family

Glen Eker writes a fascinating history of the family of movie mogul Louis B. Mayer.
August 22, 2017

Hooper Driscoll Family of Toronto

Ruth Chernia a longtime member of JGST had grown up in Port Credit and was curious about the Hooper family’s strong connection to the Jewish community.