A Taste of Jewish Genealogy: A Rose Is a Rosen Is a Rosenberg
Where: The Workmen’s Circle
247 W. 37th St., 5th Floor
212-889-6800 Price: Free
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Learn the how and why of Jewish genealogy through a series of stories. Starting with a classic Jewish joke and moving on to tales drawn from his own four decades of genealogy research, Alan Steinfeld will introduce participants to the range of information available to the family researcher, where to look for the documents of ancestors’ lives, and how to weave the information together into a meaningful personal story.
Alan Steinfeld, MD, has been exploring his family’s genealogy for over 40 years. A native of New York City, he traces his ancestry to Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His studies have turned up over 2,500 relatives and have stimulated a book on the subject as well as a family newsletter, now in its 30th year.
His support of the larger genealogy community includes participation in the indexing of records for the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry and the American Jewish Historical Society. He has written articles published in Avotaynu, the International Journal of Jewish Genealogy and contributed a chapter to the book, Every Family Has a Story. Alan has taught genealogy to students of all ages. He has helped dozens of people develop their own family trees and co-authored and published a family history with one of his students. He also uses his genealogy expertise as a volunteer with the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.
Before his retirement, Dr. Steinfeld was a Professor of Radiation Oncology at New York University. He lives with his wife, Rena (a Yiddish student at the Workers Circle), in Scarsdale.