23 April 2008

Miami: A trip to Shereshev, May 4

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami will focus on roots travel, when Martin Zafman presents "A trip to Shereshev and other ancestral towns."

The meeting begins at 10am, Sunday, May 4 at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation 4200 Biscayne Blvd. See the website for more details.

Zafman will share his adventures with his cousin in Belarus and Poland, an unforgettable trip that brought his mother's stories to life and took them inside the houses of their ancestors.

From Warsaw and Bialystok to Grodno, Pruzhany, Shereshev, Brest, Terespol, Białowieża and Narewka, they found family documents in the archives, toured with a Holocaust survivor, visited with a mayor and residents and were transported back to the 19th century as they walked in the footsteps of their ancestors.

Many beautiful photos are in their Belarus SIG online newsletter article, "A Trip to Shereshev" by David Feldman and Zafman.

His presentation last year - "Life in the Pale of Settlement and Feldbaum-Zafman Family Research" - focused on how 19th century Jewish families lived in the old country, how he traced his family back to the early 1700s and plans for their trip.

A graduate of New York University, Marty has served on boards of several organizations and is currently a docent at the Jewish Museum of Florida.

The CAJE Library will also be open so members can peruse genealogy reference books.

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