Local Organization Helps Individuals Celebrate Passover

The Passover League of Philadelphia a not for profit charitable organization founded in 1933 with a mission to raise funds to help needy individuals and families celebrate the Passover holiday. It is supported by volunteers and many Philadelphia charitable organizations.

Seders funded by The Passover League are conducted at various community locations throughout the Delaware Valley. These Seders reach thousands of individuals who would normally be unable to celebrate the traditional Passover holiday. The Passover League serves Jewish veterans in various local hospitals. In addition, The Passover League helps fund the delivery of Kosher meals to homebound individuals and assists many people who are referred through crisis networks.

In order to make a donation, send a check to The Passover League, 215 N. Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or call 610-660-0530.

JCPA to Host “National Hunger Seder” at US Capitol

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger will host Members of Congress, Administration officials, school children, and other national faith, anti-hunger and anti-poverty leaders for the National Hunger Seder on March 20, 2013 at the US Capitol Visitor’s Center.

The National Hunger Seder is an adaptation of the traditional Passover Seder, telling the story of the Exodus with emphasis on the moral imperative to end hunger in America. The National Hunger Seder is the kick off to the 5th Annual MAZON/JCPA Hunger Seder Mobilization taking place in 27 communities around the country, which are designed to encourage participants to advocate to restore the 5.1% cut to the WIC program mandated by the sequester.

After the jump: JSPAN issues a Haggadah Supplement on immigration.
Participants in the National Hunger Seder Include:

  • Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
  • Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-21)
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2)
  • Officials from the White House, the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Representatives from National WIC Association, Food Research and Action Center, Congressional Hunger Center, Alliance to End Hunger, Center for American Progress, Bread for the World, National Council of Churches, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Islamic Relief, American Jewish World Service, Bend the Arc, National Council of Jewish Women, The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, JCPA, MAZON, Jewish Primary Day School and more.

Meanwhile, the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) issued a Haggadah Supplement titled Welcoming the Stranger to the Land. “We were immigrants in Egypt.  And we have been immigrants many times since then, until we achieved citizenship on American soil”, said Kenneth Myers, JSPAN’s Vice President.

The Seder is a time to reflect on our experience and the plight of others who have not yet achieved their freedoms here.  Millions of undocumented immigrants have no path to citizenship or the full freedoms we take for granted.  Consider what their status forever does to their lives, and how we can help them and America fulfill our common aspirations.

The Supplement can be viewed and downloaded here.

Human and Don’t Forget Animal Welfare: More Mitzvah Storming

Hurricane Sandy Mitzvah Storming IV

— by Rabbi Goldie Milgram

1. Did you see Anat Hoffman’s tag line in her outreach for support of victims of Hurricane Sandy. “We are family,” she writes and cites Haaretz that “Israelis have followed no event in the United States as closely as Hurricane Sandy…and fact, New York City is the metropolitan area with the second largest Jewish population of any city after Tel Aviv.” Perhaps you have also seen the organization that serves Holocaust survivors soliciting Hurricane relief funds targeted for them. Never did it occur to me to fund raise based on the Jewishness of those affected — we are a human family during emergencies.

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Helping each other as equally as possible with eyes blind to difference, if not now, when? Many different religions are housing each others services right now in affected areas. Can we keep this a “simply human” situation, so many are still freezing in the dark and even still, without sufficient gasoline to relocate or forage for food?

Reports of houses of worship across every religion are now sharing sacred space throughout impacted regions, how inspiring is that? Candlelight b’nei mitzvah and first communions have abounded. While stories of religious leaders and youth groups going door to door have arrived in various movements’ press releases — I see no reason for us to get extra credit, claim credit, or pat ourselves on the back. Mitzvot are done for their own sake, not ours. And, yes, many of us will help repair synagogues, in Judaism lives get attention first.

When some of those I asked to join me in a trip to work in a shelter or setting the tikkun olam (social action) committee into motion, some replies most resembled this: “We only give and volunteer locally.” I felt very nonplussed and judgmental. It took awhile to process this with them.  Such a response turns out to come primarily from  “green thinking” that applies to every day living. Emergency funding and support has a very key strategic concept embedded – preventing emergency conditions from becoming chronic. Thinking local doesn’t do it for large scale emergencies, it compounds the long-term burden on society big time.

This morning I was reading an emergency room physician’s plea for people to be more aggressive about finding, taking in and insisting others get out of this cold wave– to prevent pneumonia and much more. The factors are pain and suffering, and costs of associated healthcare, and rehab of buildings that stay soggy rather than dry…I’m sure you get the point. Those who wrote us to volunteer to help with clean-up are in action in NJ as I write, I will again be with them today. They’ve asked for anonymity. Menschlichkeit is awesome.

Why were the tikkun olam committees in place throughout most Jewish organizations seemingly not pro-active rather than reactive? I’m sure many will be pondering this soon. The trauma of awaiting the storm is what I saw in the eyes of our Philly locals, it was so draining and some of our internet servers were ruined in lower Manhattan, underwater. So with compassion, we can move on to creating pro-active plans and assignments…for the next time. As my son who was evacuated from the Jersey shore put it: “We’ve had three storms this year already, the next time could be next week.”

2. Overarching best ways to help for those who live at a distance are clarifying — first, donate blood, this need has become urgent. Injuries to rescue and repair workers are vast because of the extremely hazardous conditions. http://www.redcrossblood.org/m…

3. The the vastness of need for clothing is proving to require bulk funding for bulk purchase of goods.Brooklyn Neighbors in Need Fund (a not-for-profit)”… asks that you…” donate money so we can buy the 600 pairs of underwear (socks, towels, belts, etc) we need for the Armory or John Jay.” [shelters].

Per the Red Cross: “The cost to sort, package and distribute these types of donations to disaster victims is usually greater than the cost of purchasing the items locally, and it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in a meaningful and equitable way during an emergency of this magnitude.” Instead, make a financial gift via www.redcross.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  

4. Let’s not overlook the crisis in animal welfare. The Humane Society of the United States and American Humane Society are seeking donations to help rescue stranded pets and help animals in shelters. In every affected state they are looking for volunteers due the vast numbers of displaced pets.

5. The Food Bank For New York City has different ways for you to get involved: You can donate by texting FBNYC to 50555.

6. Clean-up Teams. All clean-up volunteers that have contacted us have been put into action through the State of New Jersey volunteer coordination effort. When asked, these volunteers requested anonymity — what menschlichkeit, thank you! By all means now fly direct – opportunities abound to help in shelters, door-to-door, clean-up and more.

Some more links just supplied by my ever-mitzvah-centered colleague Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit:

Most federations and many denominations are running support campaigns as well through links on their websites.

7. Prayer.

May we be blessed with the ability to heal, help, vote, and plan wisely for the future.

Via Rabbi Rachel Barenblatt, a litany of prayers composed by Rabbi Samuel Barth and Rabbi David Ingber, folded together and expanded by The Rev. Peter Elvin, 2 November 2012:

*A Litany after the Hurricane*

Source of all Life, soothe hearts aching with pain and loss in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Strengthen all responders, all relief workers, all friends and neighbors, to do their best to alleviate suffering, heal injury, and restore services upon which our daily lives are built. We lift up our eyes to the hills; from where is our help to come?

Our help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

Source of Compassion, you are close to all who are confused and bewildered in the wake of this shocking storm. Quicken their recognition of your
presence all around them. Free their ability to move through shock, to see and make their very best choices. Stir our resolve to support, encourage, donate, and pray. We lift up our eyes to the hills; from where is our help to come?

Our help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

Source of Wisdom, move within all of our hearts and minds and wills to learn the most important questions to ask and answer. Instill your wisdom
in all who are responsible for public policy, for future preparedness, for re-building and for re-thinking, as the elements of your created order? wind and rain, tide and surge– disorder our old assumptions. We lift up our eyes to the hills; from where is our help to come?

Our help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

Source of all Creativity, anoint our wisdom, our technology, our compassion, and our national will to rise from the watery grave of this storm and claim the new life your Spirit desires and our future requires. Inspire us to find flexible ways to cooperate across old boundaries, freeing energy and resources to move with your blessing. We lift up our eyes to the hills; from where is our help to come?

Our help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.


Tour de Shuls: Biking around the Jewish Community

Local Congregations Featured Tour Stops in the First Annual Tour de Shuls PA/NJ Bike Ride to Benefit Camp Ramah

— by Leonard Abrams and Bruce Tomar

Middle Atlantic Region of Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs proudly presents the inaugural Tour de Shuls a bike ride to benefit Camp Ramah on Sunday morning, September 23, 2012. Cyclists will enjoy a choice of a 45 mile, 20 mile or family friendly 3 mile ride. All rides begin and end at Temple Sinai in Dresher, PA. The ride will feature tour stops at
Beth Sholom in Elkins Park, PA and Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA. The cost to ride is $36 ($54 after 9/9). Check-in begins at 7:00 AM.

Every dollar raised from rider fees, contributions and sponsorships will be donated directly to Camp Ramah. This will be a great day for the Shuls of the Middle Atlantic Region, the Ramah movement and the Jewish community at large. All participants will be treated to a catered lunch by Temple Sinai Men’s Club’s acclaimed “Men in the Kitchen.”

A similar event is planned for September 2 in Indianapolis to benefit Hillels on eight university campuses across Indiana. On June 24, rides were held in Massachusetts and Connecticut rides to support the Tikvah special needs program at Camp Ramah New England.
Register today to ride, donate, sponsor a rider, sponsor the event and volunteer at www.tourdeshulspanj.org For further information contact event co-chairs Leonard Abrams at [email protected] or 215-498-2566 or Bruce Tomar [email protected] or 856-429-9042.

Golden Slipper Club Makes Special Delivery to HUP

(Left to right) Roy Kardon, president of the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, Stephen H. Frishberg, president of Golden Slipper Club & Charities, board member Gil Klein, member Barbara Frishberg, and Burt Rose, past president of Golden Slipper Club & Charities with assistant to the president, Celeste Rose (seated).

— by Scott D. Bluebond

The Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities is well known in the community for its unmatched summer camp for children, a college scholarship fund for deserving students, a welcoming center for senior citizens, and many other initiatives. It has now added yet another new endeavor: delivering challah on Friday evenings and Jewish holidays to hospitalized Jewish patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Challah is a special often braided bread that is eaten on the Jewish Sabbath and on holidays; it is being provided by Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia.

Under the leadership of Roy Kardon, president of the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, Golden Slipper members are training at HUP, located at 3400 Spruce Street in Philadelphia, prior to the commencement of the delivery program. It is expected to be fully operational in August. The GSC executive director is Paul Geller and the chair of the board is Stephen H. Frishberg.

“Our mission is wide, and this is yet another wonderful family service charitable program” states Paul Geller. Adds Steve Frishberg: We’ve provided assistance in so many ways. This new initiative is one designed to warm the heart.”

Golden Slipper Club’s 90th Anniversary Gala Raises $100,000

Honorary gala co-chairs (L) Ron Rubin of Narberth and (R) Ed Rosen of Bryn Mawr with
(C) gala co-chair Jerome Muchnick of Philadelphia.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Ann Hilferty

On the evening of Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Golden Slipper Club & Charities (GSC) hosted its 90th annual anniversary gala at Vie at 600 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. The gala co-chairs were Jerome N. Muchnick and Barbara Frishberg, the tribute book co-chairs were Nanci and Ken Gilberg and Joseph H. Levine, the honorary co-chairs were Edward H. Rosen and Ronald Rubin, the young gala co-chairs were Megan and Brian Gilberg and Rachel Giuliano and Matthew Bagell, and the executive director is Paul Geller. Approximately 213 guests enjoyed fabulous food, cocktails, live music with Eddie Bruce, dancing and more, all to benefit GSC.

The evening looked back throughout Golden Slipper history by honoring past presidents, gold medallion recipients, and Horatio Alger honorees. These individuals created the Golden Slipper overnight camp, the Center for Seniors, a scholarship program for college students, and the human needs and services program. They also celebrated the induction of the second term of club president, Stephen H. Frishberg and the incoming officers and board members.

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Chair Debra Rasansky of Radnor (right) swears in president, Stephen Frishberg of Blue Bell (left).

Frishberg comments on the evening: “I say with some humility that it was a most glorious evening, seeing all of our past leaders and honorees reconnect and interact. I cannot convey the warmth in the room and the fun that was had by all who attended…and cannot say enough about the service and honor and glory that each of our honorees have brought to Slipper at the time that they either served as president of the Club, the Home, the Center for Seniors, the Camp, or received our Horatio Alger award for services to the Camp, or gold medallion honor for their charitable services to the Jewish community at large.” This event raised approximately $100,000 to fund the many programs and services provided on a daily basis by Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities.

Honorees David Fineman of Merion Station (left) and Sherman Leis of Bala Cynwyd (right) accept a 90th Anniversary Pin.

Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.

Chair Debra Rasansky of Radnor (right) swears in the Golden Slipper Club & Charities executive committee (from left): Rabbi Eric Yanoff of Dresher, Sherry Horowitz of Wynnewood, Brian Levine of Dresher, Celeste Rose of Philadelphia, Betsy Klausman of Bala Cynwyd, Matt Bagell of Philadelphia, Megan and Brian Gilberg of Philadelphia, Ed Caine of Bryn Mawr, Howard Lapensohn of Gladwyne, Marc Feller of Wyncote, Fred Kaplan of Maple Glen and David Levy of Rydal.

Diary of Global Networking in Action

— by Hannah Lee

As Part 4 of a sporadic series on Creating Community, I write about an effort that spans the Atlantic Ocean and connects us with Eretz Yisrael.

In May, a friend, Ari, contacted me to find an organization that could use three dental chairs and two x-ray machines, donated by a dentist who was retiring from his practice in New York.  (We’re foodie buddies and he knows about my networking instincts.)  His father, Bob Schwell, coordinates donations for Yad Sarah in New York (while shuttling between Israel and the United States) and these items were deemed not suitable for shipping to Israel.  By the end of the day, I was able to identify two organizations interested in the equipment: Columbia’s dental school which runs a clinic in New York and Partners in Health which would like to send them to Haiti.  

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However, neither one of them was able to mobilize in time for the date when the shipping container would be packed in the warehouse in Newark.  Meanwhile, my inquiries led to a phone call from a young dentist who was starting up her own practice and wanted the equipment.  Fine, but my stipulation was that she give a donation to Yad Sarah.

In early June, Bob went to Newark to supervise the packing of the shipping container and they set aside the dental equipment.  I asked him what does it take to start a chapter in Philly?  He said that the major issue is finding local storage.  The heavy items — hospital beds, etc. — that require professionals are picked up by Moishe’s Movers (which volunteers the time of its employees who are all veterans of the Israeli Army) and brought to the shipper’s warehouse in Newark.  The smaller, portable items are the things that need local storage until the next date for packing a shipping container.

So, I made contact with the coordinators of the local Bikur Cholim and they will accept the items Yad Sarah cannot send to Israel, such as manual wheelchairs.   Mati Sved, whose family owns a warehouse in Philly, agreed to house items, as long as they fit on a 40″ x 48″ pallet for transport to the upstairs storage floor.  I was making steady progress!  

Early this month, Bob reported that he’d spoken with someone at Moishe’s Movers but that individual was not interested in picking up from Philly.  However, this was not the boss!  Undeterred, I asked if we could separate the project in two: portable items that can be transported by volunteers and heavy items like hospital beds that require professional movers.  Then I got official permission from the American headquarters in New York and on July 11th, I announced the launching of a local chapter for Yad Sarah.  

I posted a notice on the LowerMerionShuls community list-serve (subject of Part 1 of this “Creating Community” series and now with 1,414 members) and I’ve gotten offers already.  Alas, they’re not items I can send overseas, so I’m busy finding other beneficiaries for them.  Still, it’s a good way to build community networks.  The next step is to line up volunteer drivers and additional storage space.

Founded in 1976 by Uri Lupolianski, now the mayor of Jerusalem, Yad Sarah offers a wide range of medical and legal services in Israel.  A recent survey by the Dahaf Institute found that every second family in Israel has been helped by one of Yad Sarah’s services.  In 2004, The United Nations granted Yad Sarah advisory status to its Economic and Social Council.  In 2011, Yad Sarah served 420,000 people, lent out 270,000 pieces of medical equipment from its 104 sites, staffed by over 6,000 volunteers.   For more information about Yad Sarah Philly, contact me at [email protected]  

Family Food Distribution Day Helps 220 Needy South Jersey Families

Collaboration between Golden Slipper Club & Charities and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service Brings 253 Volunteers Together to Help the Cause

Volunteers line up to prepare boxes of food for those in need in South Jersey.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Lara Barrett

(VOORHEES, NJ) Golden Slipper Club and Charities and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey (JFCS) hosted the first Family Food Distribution Day in Voorhees on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Volunteers traveled to warehouse space donated by NFI Industries in Voorhees, New Jersey to help to pack and deliver supplemental food boxes to over 220 families in need in Camden, Gloucester, Burlington and Cumberland Counties in South Jersey. The day represented a way to give back to the community, family style, for volunteers from toddlers to senior citizens.

More after the jump.

Volunteers from Golden Slipper Club & Charities and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services load cars for food deliveries.

155 adults and 98 children came out to support this cause. A long line of yellow volunteer shirts weaved throughout the warehouse — each person with a smile, a heart full of giving, and an arm full of food.Children who were not busy packing food were able to enjoy a special craft activity about food and charity. The day was as meaningful to the volunteers as it was for those who received a box at their doorstep. Family Food Distribution Day was a huge success, and another such day is sure to follow. Over $4,000 worth of food was delivered.

Family Food Distribution Day is just one of the many ways that Golden Slipper Club & Charities helps out the community. Others include activities for seniors, camps for children, and emergency grants for those in need. Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey offers senior homecare and support, special needs programs, mental health counseling, and food pantries. JFCS also offers support groups and community seminars offer coping strategies and help individuals, couples, and families learn new and effective ways of dealing with the challenges and transitions in their lives.

Golden Slipper Club & Charities chair of the board Steve Frishberg helps keep the volunteers organized.

Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services)
which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.

Golden Slipper Club member Janet Levine pitches in.

Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey has been providing comprehensive, caring social services to South Jersey residents of all ages, faiths, and economic backgrounds – strengthening the individual, the family, and the community, for over 65 years. JFCS is dedicated to helping people successfully meet the challenges of daily life. They are a nonprofit human services agency that provides quality, affordable, and accessible social services to Jewish individuals and families in need. JFCS places the highest value upon treating people with dignity and respect and are guided by the Jewish tradition of helping people help themselves. JFCS services are available to residents of Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties in Southern New Jersey. No one is ever turned away because of financial hardship.

Group Picture (L-R): GSC volunteers in front in yellow shirts: Barbara and Steve Frishberg,
Megan Gilberg, Robin Cohen, and Brian Gilberg. JFCS volunteers in back in green shirts:
Jessica Gomel-Veksland, Steven Veksland, Mike Staff, and Michael Veksland.

Unique Mitzvah Projects for Kids

Looking for something different to delve into for a community service project?  Most Jewish pre-teens who are about to reach their milestone in becoming a bar or bat mitzvah are confronted with the difficult task of selecting a meaningful endeavor to serve as their “mitzvah” project.  They become easily frustrated when trying to come up with an original idea to fulfill their obligation in performing a good deed.  Some popular opportunities that many families are already familiar with in the tri-state area are volunteering with a food bank, teaming up with a non-profit organization to do a walk or helping out at a senior retirement home. However, there are numerous experiences that b’nai mitzvahs can embrace.  They may simply be unaware of what’s out there to discover.

Two years ago, Valerie Franklin and Cheryl Friedenberg, two Jewish moms from the suburbs of Philadelphia, decided to launch The Mitzvah Bowl website when they realized that there was no central database in the tri-state area listing mitzvah projects. The site connects bar/bat mitzvah students to social action projects.

This one-of-a-kind website offers kids the chance to find the perfect match for a meaningful enriching experience.  Recently the website was revamped to make browsing easier.  Students are much more motivated to engage themselves if it’s something that interests them.

  • Enjoy dancing? Consider working with individuals in wheelchairs and guiding them as their dancing partner.
  • Do you get a thrill from shooting hoops?  Organize a basketball tournament with PeacePlayers International to help further peace in the Middle East.  
  • Want to feel empowered by feeding the hungry?  Arrange a food drive to send goods to Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger.  
  • Are you an avid reader and want to share your love of literacy?  Create a community-wide book drive for the African Library Project and help change children’s lives on another continent.

The Mitzvah Bowl lists well over 100 unique ideas to fulfill community service hours by getting involved with a worthy cause.

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Raquel Dunoff, a 7th grader from Plymouth Meeting, PA organized a clothesline art sale to benefit Fresh Artists.  This non-profit organization provides art programs and supplies to inner city schools, which have cut their art budgets dramatically.  Dunoff collected art and ceramics created by friends and arranged a sale at her township building.

Adolescents have the power, themselves, to play an active part in fixing the critical needs of our society. By offering them the chance to grab hold of a philanthropy that they feel passionate about, the connection becomes worthwhile and relevant.

The Mitzvah Bowl website provides a much needed resource for this community to assist these tweens and teens to find that perfect match.

South Jewish Jewish Genealogy Fair

The Genealogy Fair is coming to South Jersey. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGSGP), the Fair will provide information for beginning and experienced researchers. The Fair will be held of Sunday, June 10th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Temple Beth Sholom, 1901 Kresson Road in Cherry Hill. The Fair is open to the public; there is no admission charge.

The Genealogy Fair brings together agencies, organizations and resource people to assist with genealogical searches. The Mid- Atlantic Region of the National Archive and Records Administration will explain how to find census, immigration, land and military records through their offices. The Division of Archives and Records Management of the New Jersey State Archives will provide information and direction in obtaining birth, marriage and death records for New Jersey, as well as other types of records retained by the State.

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Organizations include the Family History Center of Cherry Hill which has access to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the largest genealogical collection in the world. The Camden County Historical Society has collected records on the local area. Jewish Gen , the website affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, provides databases, research tools and resources. It also acts as the coordinator for the local Jewish Genealogy Societies worldwide.

Among the organizations providing information on regional and local family history that will be at the Fair are The Jewish Genealogical Society (NY), the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties. Jewish Atlantic City and region will provide information about Jewish life in that area, both past and present.

The DNA-Shoah Project tries to unite families torn apart by the Holocaust through DNA research . They will provide an opportunity for people to start a search for lost Holocaust relatives. Jewish Records Indexing-Poland provides information on obtaining records in Poland. Similar information will be available from experts on Russian History and Research, and German Research. A translator will help those looking for Yiddish translations.

There will be information about Ethnic Banks in Philadelphia, Jewish areas of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and surrounding areas. There will be displays of local maps and east European maps.

Most of all the Genealogy Fair will help you begin and enhance your genealogical search of your roots.

For more information please contact Bernard Cedar at 856 482-1853, or [email protected]