Jews’ Clues: How One Book, Two Authors and a Few Good Clues Can Jumpstart Your Jewish Genealogy Quest
WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 2 PM
WHERE: The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.
TICKETS: $8 members, $10 non-members
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.
Caryn Alter and Steve Cohen, authors of What’s in a Name? A Young Person’s Jewish Genealogy Workbook, will explore some genealogical clues that might be “right under your nose.” Whether you’re a beginning researcher or a seasoned sleuth, discover how a little digging may help you unearth potentially valuable hints about your heritage: overlooked objects, Jewish holiday traditions of your family and even food customs can provide a glimpse into your family’s history.
Their book for young people and adults will be available for purchase and signing.
Caryn Alter is a long-time member of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor, and a founding member of the Mercer County Jewish Genealogical Society at Beth El Synagogue, for which she serves as co-secretary. She started doing research on her family tree, which includes relatives from Ukraine, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Israel, and the United States, when she was in college. Professionally, Alter is a registered dietitian with the CentraState Medical Center in Freehold. She and her husband Marshall are the parents of three sons.
Steve Cohen is a long-time member of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor, and a founding member of the Mercer County Jewish Genealogical Society at Beth El Synagogue, for which he serves as co-secretary. He also serves as a board member of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. Cohen’s family research goes back nearly 250 years, and includes over 3,800 family members from Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, the United States, Canada, and Israel. Professionally, he has a Ph.D. in chemistry, and is a technical writer and Judaic calligrapher. Cohen speaks only Yiddish with his two children.
Alter and Cohen are frequent presenters on Jewish genealogy. They both sing with the Jewish choral group Sharim v’Sharot, which has performed at the Museum.
Funding has been made possible in part by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.
The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.