Founded in 1985 by Betty Provizer Starkman, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan is a leader in education, research, information exchange forums and resources for Jewish genealogy. Most of our events are hosted at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
We are the proud winner of such prestigious awards as:
- Outstanding Programming that Advances Jewish Genealogy
- Best Publication for our quarterly newsletter, Generations
- Genealogical Research Award for utilizing the most modern techniques for research
- Genealogical Library Award for maintaining an independent research library
Membership is available to anyone interested in genealogy. Dues are based on a fiscal year of August 1 to JuIy 31.
We invite you to take a look around, learn about our society and explore all that we have to offer.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Holocaust Memorial Center
11:00 AM likely start time
This documentary explores Bak’s work and life through the lens of his childhood experiences. Born in 1933 in Vilna, Poland, young Samuel was declared a child prodigy. The happiness of his childhood came to an end, however, the day his family was marched into the Jewish Ghetto, changing his life and his artistic vision forever. Saved from the death camps by his father, the miracle of his survival became and still is a recurring theme in his art. Insightful interviews with the artist, Holocaust scholar Lawrence Langer, and Pucker Gallery director Bernard Pucker explore the unique and powerful visual vocabulary and iconography of Bak’s work, which is held in museums, galleries, and collections worldwide.
Canada, 2003, 48 minutes, color
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Holocaust Memorial Center
With author and JGSMI member Richard Jaeger
Over the course of twenty years of research, over 27,800 family members spanning over 2500 years were discovered and put into a database. While putting all of them into a family history would be an impossible task, some were of enough historical importance to deserve to be included; others had stories of interest, though not in the class of an Eleanor of Aquitaine, still were noteworthy of inclusion.
From Xerxes I, King of Persia and married to the Biblical Esther, Hadassah to Elizabeth II of England there were links to the same family. Included were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee who were all cousins. Their stories and how they related to maternal and paternal family of the author make for both fascinating reading as well as good cause to believe in the idea of six degrees of separation as it relates to genealogy.
Richard “Dick” Jaeger was born in New York and is a product of the New York City School System and the City University of New York where he got is BA in 1963. In 1971 he completed graduate work in Commercial and Insurance Law and Risk Management. For most of his working life he was an International Political Risks Analyst. In 1993 he began to research his family history in a project that still continues today. Dick is a frequent speaker at genealogy society meetings in Michigan and active in societies in various states and Great Britain. Dick is married to the former Caryn Brodie and they have three sons and five grandchildren.