01 September 2007

Jewish genealogy in Boston, Sept. 23

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) has scheduled "Faith, Family & Freedom in Colonial Jewish Newport, Rhode Island," with speaker Keith Stokes, a direct descendant of the Touro family of 18th century Newport. The Touro synagogue is named for the family.

The presentation is from 1.30-4.30pm Sunday, September 23, at Waltham's Gann Academy. For directions, click here. Admission is free for members, $5 for others.

A Newport native, Stokes is a frequent national, state and local lecturer in community and regional planning, historic preservation, and interpretation with an
expertise in early African and Jewish American history.

He will include images of early Jewish families and historic structures that still exist where they once lived, worked and worshipped. The program will also offer images and artifacts from Stokes' family, from 18th-century Newport and Boston through 19th-century Richmond, Virginia, and back to Newport in the 20th century.

Mark your calendars now for more interesting JGSGB events:

October 14:
Henry Wellisch (Toronto), "The Austro-Hungarian Empire; Conventional and Non-Conventional Resources"

November 11:
Moshe Tessone, "Contemporary Sephardic Communities in America - History and Overview"

December 2:
Judith Romney Wegner, "Jews Down Under: Tracing My Colonial Ancestors"

See the JGSGB website for more information.

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