We are excited to offer the following public programs for 2022-2023. We hope to hold most of these programs in person, but details are still being worked out. A printable flyer of our 2022-2023 programs is available here. All times listed are United States Eastern Time.
- Meet Your Mishpocha! – Sunday, September 11, 2022 from noon to 2:00 p.m. We will begin our season with our fourth annual “Fort Wayne Jewish Family Day” at the Madge Rothschild Resource Center at 5200 Old Mill Road in Fort Wayne. Bring your family documents and photographs to digitize and take the files home on a free USB drive! Learn about the NEIJGS Fort Wayne Jewish Families database, get advice on family history research, and explore resources from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. Information about the Oral History Video Project and the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery Association will also be available. You can take a family picture or record a family story. Attendees have a chance to win a free DNA kit and consultation with the Genealogy Center’s DNA expert! In addition to our on-site offerings, we’ll have three programs available to both in-person and virtual audiences. At 12:30, the Indiana Jewish Historical Society’s Mike Brown will speak about the history of the IJHS in Northeast Indiana. At 1:00, Suzanne Grimmer will discuss the preservation of historical documents and artifacts. At 1:30, Sara Allen, from the ACPL Genealogy Center, will talk about DNA research. To register for the virtual options, CLICK HERE.
- Marian Smith: Immigration and Naturalization Records – Sunday, November 13, 2022 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Marian served for thirty years as an historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and has lots of information to share about late 19th and 20th century immigration records. She’ll speak about “The Increasingly Accessible US Immigration and Naturalization Correspondence Files,” and other records you haven’t heard about.
- Dr. Nicholas Evans: The Path of Jewish Immigration – Tuesday afternoons in February, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. In February of 2023, we’ll be doing things just a little differently. For each of the four Tuesdays in the month, Dr. Nicholas Evans, from the University of Hull in England, will present a virtual program about Jewish immigration, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Hosted in conjunction with the ACPL Genealogy Center, Dr. Evans will track the journey of Eastern European emigrants from their homes to the United States and elsewhere. Three programs – February 7, 14 and 21 – will be open to the public, with the February 28th program reserved for NEIJGS members.
- Jewish Life in German-Speaking Lands, the Leo Baeck Institute – Sunday, April 16, 2023 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Michael Simonson, from the Leo Baeck Institute, will present a program at the ACPL Genealogy Center in conjunction with the institute’s exhibition, “1700 Years of Jewish Life in German-Speaking Lands.” He will also discuss some of the history of German-speaking Jews in Indiana and nearby. The exhibition will be at the ACPL Genealogy Center in the spring of 2023.
- Ron Arons: Prohibition and Criminal Ancestors – Sunday, May 7, 2023 beginning at 2:00 p.m. We’ll conclude our public programs at the Genealogy Center with genealogist, Ron Arons. He will present two programs: “Alcohol, Prohibition and Temperance Societies in Ohio and Indiana,” and “Researching Criminal Ancestors.” Ron Arons has authored three books, two of which are related to criminal records.