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Spring, 2012 Regional Meeting — New York City

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM:
Exploring the Archives: Unique & Unusual Resources in Galician Research

Pamela Weisberger, GG President and Research Coordinator
Chris Nicola, spelunker and author of The Cave

Even in this digital genealogical age, not everything is online. Learn about the exciting — and unusual – Jewish genealogical resources available in archives and libraries in Vienna, Ternopil, Lviv and Krakow. From documents dating from the late 1700s through the interwar years, we’ll cover voter and school lists, the Lviv family registration books dating back to the 18th century, 1930 Jewish taxpayer lists, Lvov (Lemberg) and Jagellonian University student records and magnate landowner files that contain items like List of Jewish Tavern Owners in 1790.

You’ll view examples from the Jewish Galician holdings in the Vienna State Archives including kahal records and court cases–many with actual signatures of your ancestors—and province-wide inventories, such as listings for rabbis and cantors from every shtetl that had a Jewish congregation and Jewish schoolteachers assigned to the German-Jewish schools in 1788 – at the exact time Jews were required to adopt family surnames.

An update on the All Galicia Database and Gesher Galicia’s cadastral map program will also be provided along with a video tour of the Brody (Ukraine) Cemetery and a step-by-step insider’s look at how to conduct research at all of these archives.

Spelunker and author, Chris Nicola, will also offer a short update on the film (based on his book) The Cave detailing the story of the longest ever-recorded uninterrupted underground survival in human history by 38 Galician Jews outside of the Korolowka/Borshiv region of Ukraine.

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Center for Jewish History
JGS (NY) Meeting
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Jewish Chocolate Radar (Choco-Dar) Through the Generations

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

The next time you pick up a piece of chocolate, consider that you are partaking in an aspect of Jewish history. There are some surprising Jewish connections with chocolate, including Jews in the early chocolate trade and early Jewish chocolate makers. Jews, Pre-Columbians, Catholics, and Protestants also connect in Jews on the Chocolate Trail through its exploration of chocolate’s religious narratives and rituals. Jews on the Chocolate Trail uniquely melds a popularity of chocolate with a fascination about Judaism.

Those interested in Judaism and religion will enjoy this unique approach. In combining age-old passions for chocolate and religion, Jews on the Chocolate Trail unwraps delightful new themes. Rabbi Prinz’ intuitive sense for these stories, her choc-dar, will be the focus of this talk. Deborah R. Prinz’s book, Jews on the Chocolate Trail: Stories of Jews and Cacao, will be published in 2012 by Jewish Lights.

Rabbi Prinz was awarded a Starkoff Fellowship and a Director’s Fellowship from the American Jewish Archives as well as a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship from the Rockefeller Library to pursue this research. This project stirs age old passions for chocolate and religion using information gathered from travel in several countries, including Belgium, Egypt, England, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. It spans several cultures, countries, centuries, and religions, exploring how faith traditions share consumption, ritual and business interests in chocolate. Rabbi Prinz has lectured on this topic around the country in a number of settings, including historical societies, JCC’s, rabbinical associations, synagogue groups, and food conferences. She blogs at

Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people research their Jewish family roots in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire province of Galicia, which is today southeastern Poland and southwestern Ukraine. Our organization's primary focus is researching Jewish roots in Galicia, but the diverse community records in our databases contain names that span all the ethnic and religious groups who once lived in this region.

Search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and Archival Inventory today, and learn about our terrific member benefits for genealogists, researchers, and families, starting at just $36/year. You can join online!