Oregon: Genealogy’s so sweet, Sept. 9

Chocolate and genealogy are a perfect match, says the Jewish Genealogical Society of Willamette Valley Oregon in Eugene.

The group’s meeting on Wednesday, September 9, will feature “Mr. Chocolate” AKA Dr. Arnold Ismach, retired head of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. He will discuss chocolate’s history and Jewish involvement, as well as providing some of his famous truffles for this event.

The meeting begins at 7.30pm, at the Quail Run Clubhouse, Eugene. See the JGSWVO website for a map, directions and more details.

Would you like to know more about the early Jews of Eugene, Oregon?

Click here for an article by Professor Robert Levinson, featuring interviews conducted 1962-64 and written when he was 27.

The late Robert Levinson was one of the great historians of Western Jewry. He was native of Portland and associated with the University of Oregon and subsequently became a professor of History at San Jose State College. He held a BS from Portland State College, MA and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oregon“The Jews of Jacksonville, Oregon” was his Master’s thesis, while his doctoral dissertation “The Jews in the California Gold Rush,” became a book in more than one printing.

The article offers fascinating details and leads to the early settlers in the area.

Oregon: Genealogy’s so sweet, Sept. 9

Chocolate and genealogy are a perfect match, says the Jewish Genealogical Society of Willamette Valley Oregon in Eugene.

The group’s meeting on Wednesday, September 9, will feature “Mr. Chocolate” AKA Dr. Arnold Ismach, retired head of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. He will discuss chocolate’s history and Jewish involvement, as well as providing some of his famous truffles for this event.

The meeting begins at 7.30pm, at the Quail Run Clubhouse, Eugene. See the JGSWVO website for a map, directions and more details.

Would you like to know more about the early Jews of Eugene, Oregon?

Click here for an article by Professor Robert Levinson, featuring interviews conducted 1962-64 and written when he was 27.

The late Robert Levinson was one of the great historians of Western Jewry. He was native of Portland and associated with the University of Oregon and subsequently became a professor of History at San Jose State College. He held a BS from Portland State College, MA and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oregon“The Jews of Jacksonville, Oregon” was his Master’s thesis, while his doctoral dissertation “The Jews in the California Gold Rush,” became a book in more than one printing.

The article offers fascinating details and leads to the early settlers in the area.

Eastern Europe: Holocaust burials initiative

An international initiative to give proper Jewish burials to Holocaust victims in mass graves will be launched in Eastern Europe, according to the World Jewish Congress website.

According to the short joint World Jewish Congress and Russian Jewish Congress statement on the WJC website, the organizers expect thousands of international volunteers to be inspired by the project.

“Dignity Return” is being organized by Russian Jewish Congress president Yuri Kanner, in cooperation with World Jewish Congress (United States) chair Rabbi Marc Schneier.

“As we move further away from the Shoah, the number of those who can share a personal experience from this atrocity grows smaller,” Schneier declared. “As a result, it is increasingly up to those who were born after the Holocaust to preserve and protect their stories and these sites so that Holocaust revisionists will be unable to change history, and our call of ‘Never again’ will continue to resonate from one generation to the next.”

The goal is to bury remains of mass execution victims – in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia – in a manner acceptable to halakhah (Jewish law).

Additional details will be provided on January 27, 2010, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.