04 May 2010
Tracing the Tribe has already covered the Belarus luncheon (Tuesday, July 13) speaker: Moscow born, Jewish filmmaker, researcher and travel professional Michael Masterovoy.
The luncheon description reads:
"In 1793,the central part of Belarus, including Minsk, became a part of the Russian empire. In addition to being the capital of Belarus it was also a center of Jewish life and home of many Torah sages and Yeshivas that attracted students from all over Europe. Before World War II, Jews made up 40% of the total population in the city. Join Moscow born, Jewish filmmaker, researcher and travel professional, Michael Masterovoy, as he takes you on a tour of a present-day Belarus, which resonates with the past. View a short video of several Belarusian shtetls, walk the streets of Movsha Shagal's (Marc Chagall's) Vitebsk with Michael (and view the museum) and learn about the positive aspects of travel to a socialist state with a human face, the land of vodka and honey that echoes with the footsteps of our ancestors."
The luncheon is a fee-added event. Belarus SIG luncheons are always well-attended - sign up early and avoid disappointment.
The Belarus SIG business meeting is set for later the same day and will feature the group's progress and achievements.
The group also plans to be part of the Sunday opening day Market Fair, from 2-4.30pm.
The Market Fair will feature experts and mavens staffing "pushcarts" and offering assistance and guidance, representing nearly every region where Jews once lived. "Wares" will include old maps, vital records, landowner records, historical photos and postcards, translation, crafts, cooking and much more.
Food (including kosher) will be available for purchase. And don't miss the great klezmer concerts (yes - two of them!) by Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi, after the Market Fair and again in the early evening.
For more information on the Belarus SIG, its treasure trove of databases and much more, click here.