I'm very fortunate to be a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston because they have really great programming. Today, I went to Temple Emanuel in Newton to hear a presentation from Avraham Groll, executive director of #JewishGen. To a packed house, he spoke about the latest happenings at JewishGen, including a current re-branding (which is evidenced by their redesigned website) as well as Jewish life in 16th-18th century Poland, with a strong focus on Hasidim.
If you have any interest in Jewish genealogy or haven't checked out JewishGen for awhile, you definitely should. Their blog has a lot of great information on recent updates to modernize the user experience.
For example, I use JewishGen all the time, but only until I really perused the site beyond simple searches did I notice that over 25,000 new records pertaining to Lithuania were added! More information seems to be available for my family, so I look forward to delving deeper into these new records.
Also, please note that in the lower right corner of this screenshot, there is a Future Scholars Fellowship to bring "Six Future Scholars will travel to Poland to participate in this program, focusing on the role of Jewish cemeteries today in preserving the memory and legacy of former Jewish communities. They will tour many Jewish Heritage sites and will be involved in the clean-up and preservation of a Jewish cemetery in partnership with local residents." This program is geared toward undergraduate upperclassmen and graduate students. The application deadline is February 28, 2020, so if you or someone you know is interested, definitely apply!
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