Here is the lineup for the first three webinars in 2021. Each webinar has its own registration link. The remainder of the IGRA 2021 Webinar Series will be posted by late February. The webinars are at 7 pm Israel time. All webinars require advance registration and are held using Zoom.

January 17, 2021 – “Genealogy, Identity and Citizenship” – Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina, Ph.D (English). Since 2015 Spain and Portugal have expanded its citizenship to Iberian Jews and their descendants. Genealogical reports have since become an essential tool in order to apply for citizenship. Can a pre-modern identity give citizenship rights in the modern state? How this has reshaped the Sephardic identity? We will explore the intersection of genealogy and identity politics.

February 21, 2021 – “Finding your Eastern European Jewish Family on” – Robinn Magid (English). Join us for a presentation of some truly memorable stories from the case file that highlight what this incredible database and website might do for your own research. For 25 years, JRI-Poland has served as the preferred finding aid for the Jewish records that survive in the archives of Poland today. This vast collection of 6.2 million records from over 550 towns includes information about towns and families from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany and the former territories of Galicia and Prussia. Through understanding the contents of the database and how to improve your search results to exploring preserved Holocaust-related records, this lecture will focus on the good things that can come out of a genealogical search. Come listen to stories of the people we’ve helped in the hope that you’ll get a useful new idea from our more surprising experiences.

March 21, 2021 – “Beyond the Family Tree – Sharing Your Stories” – Marion Werle (English). When you bring out your family tree and genealogy reports at a family gathering, do your relatives’ eyes glaze over? Are you overwhelmed with data after so many years of research and wonder how to tell your family’s story without getting lost in the details? Have you done so much research that you don’t even know where to start in writing your family’s history? The speaker will discuss approaches to deciding on a focus, structuring your story, and adding interest and context to writing about your family history.

We look forward to having you with us!