The JGS of Greater Philadelphia will host Rabbi Lance Sussman, PhD, on "A Jewish historian looks at Jewish genealogy." The meeting is at 7.30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. Sussman has been the congregation's rabbi since 2001.
Sussman's expertise is both congregational and academic. Ordained in 1980 at HUC-JIR, he also has a doctorate in Jewish history. Previously serving Temple Concord in Binghamton, NY, he was an associate professor of American Jewish History at SUNY Binghamton, and has also taught at Gratz College, HUC-JIR New York and Rutgers University.
The JGSGP's Delaware County Main Line Affiliate will host Helaine Shoag Greenberg at 7.30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, as she speaks on her book, "Voices from Vilna."
The creative, non-fiction memoir is told from the personal perspective of a first generation child, but speaks to those who had family in Europe 1930-40. It is based on letters found in her family home, describing life and events in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The group meets at Martins Run Life Care Community in Media, Pa.