JewishGen Talks: Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource

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Wednesday November 2

2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

About the Talk

Join a panel of experts from each of the rabbinic seminary repositories for a primer on where to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, and hear about the launch of JewishGen’s Shul Records America; the first of its kind inventory of American synagogue records. 


About the Speakers

Ellen Kowitt is JewishGen USA Research Division Director; Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Jewish Task Force Chair; University of Denver OLLI instructor; and author for Family Tree Magazine, Avotaynu, and recently published client book, David Crystal: An American Family History. She has utilized JewishGen and served in a variety of volunteer capacities since 1994.

Dana Herman serves as Director of Research and Collections at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is the 2022 recipient of the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) HUC Faculty Award. By cataloging, preserving, and providing access to these significant historical records, Dr. Herman has ensured that the extensive documentation of WRJ's contributions to the Reform Movement and North American Jewry will live on in the future. 

Shulamith Z. Berger is the Curator of Special Collections at Yeshiva University. She has an M.S. from the School of Library Service at Columbia University and an M.S. in modern Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. Among her articles are: “Tehines: Women and Prayer” and “Madison Avenue Comes to East Broadway: Advertising and the Jewish Immigrant Meet.”

Mary Silverstein is a Processing Archivist at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She was previously a Project Assistant Archivist at the Museum of the City of New York, where she was the Lone Arranger on this project. She has also worked in the archives of StoryCorps in New York, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and the Mount Sinai Hospital Archives in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences (MLIS) and the University of Chicago (BA, English).