Mary Einstein Shapero Memorial Lecture Series
Presents Guest Speaker: Jennifer Mendelsohn
Reclaiming Our Story: The Promise and Potential of Jewish Genealogy
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
TEMPLE BETH EL
7400 Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills
6:00 PM Pre-Glow: For “Friends of the Jampel Center”
7:00 PM Lecture: Maas Chapel
8:00 PM Oneg/Nosh: Slotkin Foyer
Join Jennifer Mendelsohn, co-founder of the DNA Reunion Project at the Center for Jewish History to learn more about the fascinating and empowering process of Jewish genealogical research. She’ll show how Jewish family research is unnecessarily shrouded in myths and misunderstandings, (have you heard the one about how the Nazis “destroyed all the records?”) dealing an unfair blow to a community with an especially urgent need to understand and reclaim its past.
Her sleuthing has reunited long lost families, debunked decades-old family legends and unearthed poignant, hilarious and sometimes shocking revelations. She’ll also introduce you to the innovative use of genetic genealogy as a means to reclaim Jewish family history, including the founding of the DNA Reunion Project at the Center for Jewish History, which leverages the revolutionary power of commercial DNA testing to reunite families separated by the Holocaust.
Sponsored by: Each year, The Mary Einstein Shapero Memorial Lecture series hosts a notable speaker. The enriching series is sponsored by the Honorable Walter Shapero and Kathleen Straus, and due to their generosity, this program remains free and accessible to all.
Co-sponsored by: Joan Meyers Jampel Center for Michigan Jewish Heritage, and Jewish Genealogical Society Society of Michigan