Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Galician Globetrotters, Barber Surgeons and Persistent Women” presented by Dr. Andrew Zelewski.

From the 16th century, Galician Jews ventured to Italy to receive university medical educations. After university admissions were opened to Jews in the Habsburg realm, they attended schools in Lemberg (Lwow), Kraków, Vienna and Pest, developing literary talents, professional skills, and new world views. This talk will challenge stereotypes, probe internal debates in the Jewish community, and reveal cultural trailblazers and rebels. It will also demonstrate the value to genealogists of academic records.

Andrew Zalewski is a member of the board of Gesher Galicia and edits its journal, The Galitzianer. He is the author of two books — “Galician Trails: The Story of One Family” and “Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots”.

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