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The Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS) was founded in New York in 1977, becoming the first of what are now over 80 such societies worldwide. In the years since its founding, the JGS membership has grown to more than 1,000, with members from both the New York metropolitan area as well as elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. The JGS presents innovative programming and seminars over the years, including monthly meetings with guest lecturers from a variety of disciplines; field trips to cemeteries, libraries and archives and workshops.

JGS provides access to exclusive databases found no where else on the web.  In addition, members receive special access to databases at and discounts at "Friends of Jewish Genealogical Society."



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NEXT MEETING:  November 15, 2015  - 2 PM

Topic: Three Minutes in Poland

Speaker:  Glenn Kurtz

Author, Glenn Kurtz will speak about this award winning book, Three Minutes in Poland. Traveling in Europe in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz, the author’s grandfather, captured three minutes of ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland on 16mm Kodachrome color film. More than seventy years later, through the brutal twists of history, these few minutes of home movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community—an entire culture—annihilated in the Holocaust.

Three Minutes in Poland traces Glenn Kurtz’s four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s haunting images. His search took him across the United States, to Canada, England, Poland and Israel, to archives, film preservation laboratories, and an abandoned Luftwaffe airfield.


Glenn Kurtz's essays have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Tufts University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and holds a PhD from Stanford University in comparative literature. He has taught at Stanford
University, San Francisco State University, and New York University.

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan.

Admission: JGS members are free, guests pay $5 at the door

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at CJH will be open before the meeting at 11:00 a.m. for access to research materials and computers and networking with other researchers.


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Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 631
New York, NY 10113-0631



212-294-8318 (Note that the office is not staffed and it may take a while for someone to respond.)

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