• JGSGW Welcomes Dr. Andrew Zalewski on Sunday, September 22, 2019

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    The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW) will host the program, Medical Globetrotters & Persevering Women presented by Dr. Andrew Zalewski, at B9nai Israel Congregation (6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD) on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Activities begin at 1:00 PM including consultations with our genealogy mavens followed by the program beginning at 1:30 PM.

    Surprising details about Jewish medical globetrotters will be brought to light through newly uncovered records. In the early period, when other European medical
    schools barred Jewish men, aspiring physicians from Galicia, Lithuania, and elsewhere ventured to Padua University to study medicine. From the end of the 18th
    century onwards, Jews from Galicia attended universities in the Habsburg Empire.
    Jewish medics influenced Galician life far beyond their profession, serving as mediators between their communities and non-Jewish neighbors, advocating religious
    and civic reforms, and publishing material that challenged stereotypes. At the turn
    of the 20th century, Jewish women were at the forefront of a newly won access to
    university education. The presentation will be illustrated by unique archival documents and old maps acquired by Gesher Galicia. You don't have to have medical
    practitioners among your ancestors to find this topic of interest, and
    helpful in your family research.

    Dr. Andrew Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He is a board member of Gesher Galicia and past editor of its research journal, The Galitzianer. Dr. Zalewski is a frequent speaker at meetings
    of Jewish genealogical societies and cultural and academic institutions, and has
    authored two books on Austrian Galicia: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One
    Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots.

    JGSGW Guest Attendance Policy:
    Meetings and most events are free to JGSGW members. Non-members may
    attend open events, but not those that are members-only, for a fee of
    $5 which will be applied toward JGSGW membership if the guest joins at
    the same event. Attendees who require personal assistance due to a
    health condition or disability may bring an assistant at no charge.

    The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping people discover, document and share their family history.

    Nancy Kotz
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