May 21, 2015

What happened when an anti-Semite found he was Jewish?

An update on Csanad Czegedi - http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32549099


Toronto Doors Open Building Tours

Toronto Doors Open lets you go into interesting buildings.

Some buildings that might be of interest:

Orde St. Public School (my mother went to Ogden but some people's family may have gone there)

St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (the original Holy Blossom)

City of Toronto Archives

I don't think any synagogues are listed.

via Carolyn Vedder

Pape Cemetery Tour - May 31, 2015

Toronto Heritage is doing their tour of Pape Cemetery on May 31.

http://heritagetoronto.org/event/early-jewish-toronto-the-pape-avenue-cemetery/

Also Doors Open is next weekend.  Some buildings that might be of interest:

Orde St. Public School (my mother went to Ogden but some people's family may have gone there)

St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (the original Holy Blossom)

City of Toronto Archives

I don't think any synagogues are listed.

via Carolyn Vedder

Free Access To Toronto Star Archives

The Toronto Star is offering free access to their archives May 17-May 31.

The archive dates covered are January 1, 1894-December 2011 for images.

Searches are by date or subject.  To access the archives go to: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/search.html  

Type in a word that you are searching—such as an ancestor’s name.

The click on “search” and links with results will open in a new window.

In the new window click on “page image pdf”.

You can sort the results by newest first, oldest first or closest match. No registration is required.

The search does not highlight the term searched in the results.

Thank you to Gail Dever and Genealogy à la carte for alerting us to this opportunity to search the Toronto Star archives.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

May 5, 2015

World War I From the Other Side

JGS Toronto member, Myrna Levy will speak
to the Yiddish Vinkl 

DATE: Thurs June 4, 2015
TIME: Noon
PLACE: Free Times Café  - 320 College St, Toronto.

TOPIC: "World War I From the Other Side" using material from the Borszczow Yiskor book of Myrna's father's shtetl in Galicia.


Meeting: JOWBR and the Genealogical Value of Jewish Burial Records

Speaker:  Nolan Altman
Lecture in Memory of Allan Halberstadt z”l

PLACE: Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue
DATE: Sunday, May 31st
TIME: 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)

This presentation will start with familiarizing attendees with the origin and importance of naming patterns. Our speaker, Nolan Altman, will go step by step through JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) database as the central source for Jewish burial records.

Next, he will review how to read a Jewish headstone and give examples of symbols as well as inscriptions.

Finally, Nolan will look at unusual headstones, some creative and others just plain funny.

He will also discuss JewishGen’s Memorial Plaque Project and show how attendees can help to grow the databases.

Nolan Altman is an IAJGS board member and JewishGen's interim VP for Data Acquisition. He coordinates JewishGen's JOWBR, Memorial Plaque and Holocaust databases.

He has presented his introductory genealogy and Importance of Jewish Burial Records programs at the university level and to numerous adult education classes and social groups.

In addition to presentations, Nolan has conducted hands-on computer workshops. He has also been a presenter at IAJGS conferences and published articles in several major genealogical journals.

Nolan is the immediate past president of the JGS of Long Island and a member of JGS New York.

info@jgstoronto.ca ● www.jgstoronto.ca  ● 647-247-6414

Apr 29, 2015

Researching Her Family In India

A woman with an Iraqi Jewish background tries to find traces of her family in India.

http://forward.com/culture/306429/searching-for-my-indian-jewish-family-from-secret-societies-to-bollywood/

My father explained that my grandmother’s way of handling an egg is rooted in the mystical idea of Shvirat Hakelim, the Shattering of the Vessels.

According to Lurianic Kabbalah, when the light of the divine poured down into the 10 vessels that gave rise to all of creation, the force of its holiness shattered them. Bits of the broken vessels — kelippot — went tumbling down into darkness. That was the beginning of evil.

My grandmother may not know it, he said, but she’s careful not to let a single shard of shell escape because of a fear, ingrained deep in her family, about allowing destruction and displacement to creep into the world.

My grandmother’s mother was not an educated woman. “This kabbalistic idea,” I asked, “how could she have known about it?”

My dad looked at me. “Didn’t you know that your great-great-grandfather on the Shellim side was a famous kabbalist in Bombay? The Jews of the city would come to study mysticism with him. His home was known as Beit Kabbalah — the House of Kabbalah?”

When I asked my three newly-discovered relatives about Beit Kabbalah, I was met with blank stares: None of them had heard of it. The egg thing baffled them, as did our other rituals. If Sopher — an older man with unparalleled memory — had no idea what I was talking about, what hope did I have?