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Annual Seminar 2020 featuring Avraham Groll, Executive Director of JewishGen
Sunday, October 25
Annual Seminar 2020 featuring Avraham Groll, Executive Director of JewishGen  (Programs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday, October 25, 2020, 10 AM to 12 PM  Mountain Daylight Time on Zoom (GMT -6 hours)


Sunday, November 1, 2020, 10 AM to 12 PM  Mountain Standard Time on Zoom (GMT -7 hours)




Members are free but must register at Within a few days, your registration will be processed and you will receive the Zoom Link, which is valid for both sessions.


Non-members:   $10 gives you access to both secessions. To register, please go to > PROGRAMS & EVENTS > Meeting Registration > Avraham Groll > Add to Cart. After adding to your cart, be sure to check out and go through the payment steps. JGSCO staff will care for registering you on Zoom after payment is received and you will receive the Zoom access URL, which is valid for both sessions.




PROGRAM (Two Sundays):

Sunday, October 25, 2020

There are exciting changes and movements happening at! Avraham will be unveiling brand new features, and sharing some of the incredibly valuable content, information, and collections that have recently been added to the website. This seminar will include an overview of how to navigate core JewishGen Databases & Features, along with step by step information and helpful research hints designed to maximize the benefit of JewishGen.


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Jewish Life in Poland Part one, 10th to 15th Century and part two, 16th to 18th Century and Jewish Migration Patterns, How did Jews Get to Europe, Spain, and Germany?




Avraham Groll is the Executive Director of He is passionate about connecting people with their Jewish roots and helping them experience what it means to be part of the Jewish people.


He holds an MBA from Montclair State University, an MA in Judaic Studies from Touro College, a BS in Business Administration from Ramapo College, and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Columbia University. 


Avraham spent two years studying at Yeshiva Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of Jewish genealogical and historical topics.


Sponsored by Lisa Herschli and Marcia Levy 


Finding Original Jewish Surnames and Towns (Shtetls): Our Ancestors Left Clues
Sunday, November 15
Finding Original Jewish Surnames and Towns (Shtetls): Our Ancestors Left Clues  (Programs)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Speaker: Debbie Schwartz
Sunday, November 15, 2020
9:30 AM Schmooze
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Program
Successful Jewish Genealogy hinges on two essential facts:  what are the Ancestral surnames and towns (Shtetls) for each branch in your family.  Once you have these, you can attend hundreds of other genealogy sessions online or elsewhere to build your past.  But what if you dont know one of both of those facts?  What do you do?  Where do you start?  Is it even possible to re-capture that crucial information if you know neither?  Using many examples and strategies, I will walk you through each showing examples of how original names and towns can be confirmed many decades after they were forgotten or obscured. 
Debbie Schwartz is past president and programing VP for JGSCO.  Her career in Rights Licensing for an educational publisher required her to find creative ways to locate people that didn't always want to be found.  That experience helped her discover creative ways to find and confirm original ancestral last names and towns using clues left by our ancestors.  She launched a company (oriGen) in 2018 to accomplish similar results for others.  Debbie will share practical and focused ways to find and verify original family names and locations in step-by-step presentations.
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Culture and Jewish Identity in Freud’s Vienna
Tuesday, December 8
Culture and Jewish Identity in Freud’s Vienna  (Programs)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

 Speaker: Dr. Julie Lieber 


Tuesday, December 8,2020 

3:30 PM Schmooze

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Program/Mountain Time


Turn of the Century Vienna was a place of remarkable cultural and intellectual creativity. Jews, such as Freud, Shnitzler, and Schoenberg to name just a few, were central figures and often the trailblazers in many of the new cultural movements of the time.  How might we understand the disproportionate involvement of Jews in the cultural avant-garde of turn of the century Vienna? More broadly, we will interrogate the long-standing relationship between Jewish identity and cultural innovation. What can the history of Jewish Vienna tell us about the ways in which Jews of different generations choose to understand and express their Jewish identity?  


Dr. Lieber is a Jewish educator with many years of experience in both academic and community-based settings. She currently serves as the Chief Jewish Life and Engagement Officer at JewishColorado. After receiving her Ph.D. in European history with a focus on Jewish women, gender, and sexuality, Julie moved to Colorado, where she was a professor of Jewish Studies for many years. In addition to her work with Kevah, Julie has taught for the Wexner Heritage Program, the Melton program, the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education and is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the Denver Jewish community and beyond. Previously, Julie lived on the East Coast where she was a founding board member of the partnership minyan Darkhei Noam and studied and taught classes at the Drisha Institute for Women.


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