Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois 



 

"Filling in the Blanks on My Jewish Family History"

  • 11 Mar 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. - - - - 12:30 pm Library and Help Desk, 2:00 pm Guest Speaker

“Filling in the Blanks on My Jewish Family History” is the topic of a talk planned by author and blogger Annette Gendler for the Sunday, March 11, 2018, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Gendler’s presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. for those who want to peruse or borrow genealogy library books, or get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions of volunteer mavens before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, see jgsi.org. This event is free and open to the public.


Annette Gendler is a writer, photographer and blogger. She writes literary nonfiction and focuses on photography of place. In 2014-15, she served as writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Ill. Her website is at www.annettegendler.com

Her memoir, “Jumping Over Shadows,” the story of a German-Jewish love that overcame the baggage of the past, has been published by She Writes Press. One essay excerpted from the manuscript, “‘Thrown Out’ of the Family Home,” was published in the Wall Street Journal; another, “Giving Up Christmas,” was published in Tablet Magazine.

She will be selling her book, “Jumping Over Shadows,” at the March 11 JGSI meeting.

Gendler’s essays have appeared in many literary journals. She regularly writes for the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Jewish Book Council. Her photography has been featured in Bella Grace Magazine and Artful Blogging.

She has an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte, N.C. After 15 years of working in consulting, she left the corporate world a few years ago.

Gendler has been giving talks at Chicagoland synagogues on “Becoming a Jew in Post-WWII Germany” and also has been giving a series of workshops on “Shaping Family History into Compelling Stories” at the American Writers Museum as well as at WriteSpace Jerusalem. She has been teaching memoir writing at StoryStudio Chicago for ten years, and in her day job she does communications work for Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School.

At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, a genealogy “help desk” will operate from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Member volunteers will access online databases and answer genealogical questions one-on-one for members and visitors as time allows.

The JGSI library has more than 800 volumes of interest to Jewish family historians. Many are available for borrowing by JGSI members for a limited time. All are available for perusing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at each regular monthly meeting.

CALENDAR OR TEMPLE BULLETIN LISTING: “Filling in the Blanks on My Jewish Family History” is the topic of a talk planned by author and blogger Annette Gendler for the Sunday, March 11, 2018, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Her presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. The JGSI genealogy research library and help desk will open at 12:30 p.m. For more information phone 312-666-0100.


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