Dec 17, 2014

Illustrating and Publishing Your Family Story

Illustrating and Publishing Your Family Story
Presented by Gregg Loane

Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue
Wednesday, January 25th, 2015
at 8:00 p.m.
(doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Most genealogists work on their family histories with the intent of  eventually sharing it with their family, and possibly a broader community of ‘very distant cousins’.

This presentation will show you: some of the reasons for, and methods of “publishing” (meaning sharing your story with others); effective page layout design guidelines, and methods for illustrating your family history to help bring the story to life.

Gregg Loane has been working on his children’s family tree for over 20 years. He has recently completed a Second Edition of his family history that was 19 years in the making. His immediate and extended family are spread far and wide, and so publishing and sharing this history has been a priority from the beginning.


Dec 14, 2014

Great-great-great Uncle Trotsky

Trotsky was born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, and Bronshtein was my great-grandfather’s mother’s maiden name.

Trotsky was the brother of my great-great-grandmother (so, technically I don’t descend from him, but he and I both descend from his mother).

My great-great-grandmother and her family left Russia for South America in the early 1900s, while her brother Leon and his family stayed.

Her son, my great-grandfather, had adistant relationship with his children and rarely spoke about his family, much less about specific relatives, such as an uncle back in Russia.

Great-Great Grandmother (nee Bronshtein) -- Her brother was Trotsky
Tamara Micner

Dec 13, 2014

Call for a Publicity/Marketing Chair IAJGS 2015 Conference

The IAJGS Jerusalem Conference 2015 planning team is seeking a
 publicity/marketing professional.  If you are involved in this field,
and would like to volunteer and make a major contribution
contact Barbara Hershey,

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Dec 7, 2014

History of The First Narayever Shul

Wed, Dec. 17 -- Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave, Toronto
Tradition and Transition:
100 Years of the First Narayever Congregation
at 8 pm, presented by Sharoni Sibony
 (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
A history of the First Narayever Congregation, located at 187 Brunswick Avenue, from its start as an immigrant landsmanschaft to its pivotal role in the renewal of downtown Jewish life today. 

Sharoni Sibony shares the findings of her research about the shul’s past.

Sharoni Sibony is the Manager of the Jewish Life Department at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. She sits on the Board of Limmud Toronto and serves as a tour guide for the Ontario Jewish Archives' Sense of Spadina tours. She has taught adult education classes on Jewish literature and pop culture at Temple Emanu-el and the Florence Melton Mini-School. Most recently, she curated an exhibition on the occasion of the centennial anniversary of the First Narayever Congregation.


Dec 5, 2014

Presentation on Polin, The Museum of Jewish History

DATE: Monday, December 8, 2014

PLACE: The Walfond Centre For Jewish Campus Life, 36 Harbord St., Toronto

TIME: 7:30 PM

PANEL: Anna Porter, Frank Bialystock, Michael Marrus, Piotr Wrobel, Peter Jassem

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Nov 28, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Meets Friend Who Saved Her

From; The Daily Mail

The Germans began liquidating the ghetto in 1942 so Mira’s family - her father, Jacob, having been killed - fled to Weglowski’s farm in Stara Huta.

Jacob owned a mill on the Weglowski farm and the two families were on friendly terms.

Helena and her brother, Stanislaw, spent two years ferrying food to Mira and her mother, Chana as they hid in the grounds.

Mira today acknowledged that Helena risked her life because she would have been killed if the Germans found out she was harbouring Jews.

The reunion was organised by The Jewish Foundation For The Righteous, whose Executive Vice President, Stanlee Stahl, remarked: ‘In the many years we have worked with survivors and their rescuers, I continue to be amazed by the heroism of the thousands of Christian rescuers who risked their lives to save Jews from certain death.

'We owe a great deal of gratitude to these Righteous Gentiles, and through our work, hope to improve their lives and preserve their stories of heroism.'

Nov 27, 2014

Fascist Italy and The Jews

Henry Wellisch once delivered a presentation to our society about the fate of his cousin who went to Italy during the war and was deported from there to Auschwitz.

Fascist Italy, for the most part, however, has a pretty good reputation in its dealings with its Jewish citizens.   Mussolini, for instance, had a Jewish girlfriend, Margherita Sarfatti, who was a strong supporter politically, was well.

However, in these two videos, Iael Nidam-Orvieto explains that this view is not correct.
Video 1 -- Video 2.

I didn't expect to be surprised but I was.

Mussolini came to power in 1922. Here's an article from 1928 saying that there is no danger.
Here's an article from 1932 by a famous Jewish journalist, Emil Ludwig, in which Mussolini denounces anti-semitism. Not everyone accepted Mussolini's views at face value, however.

Here is a British TV documentary about Fascism in Italy that touches on the relationship of Italian Jews to Fascism. Part 1 - In part 1 we meet a young Jewish banker who becomes a black shirt. In part 5 he and his family are executed in a basement.