Community Events


The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington presents: Evaluating Conflicting Evidence to Find “the Truth” with Arline and Daniel Sachs. Sunday, March 24, 10:00 am at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA.

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Beginners and Intermediate Workshops
1:00 PM Schmooze & Maven Tables
1:30 PM Program Meeting

Using their work on the story of Rabbi Hirsh Frankel (a German Rabbi who was convicted of being a magician in 1712 and imprisoned for 24 years), Arline and Daniel Sachs will explain how to find the truth when presented with conflicting evidence. While knowing only prayer book Hebrew, Daniel translated a distant cousin’s book about their common ancestor Rabbi Frankel from Hebrew to English using the Internet. That book helped them correct long-accepted information that had been often quoted in other publications. Using other more recent examples of conflicting evidence, Arline will show that if you don’t critically evaluate evidence, you will never find what you need for your genealogical quest.

Free Members-Only Workshops: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (Advance Registration Required). To register, please email, specify which workshop you would like to attend, and provide your phone number.

Beginners Workshop: If you’re new to Jewish genealogy or just need to jump start your research, this workshop is for you. The workshop starts with an introduction to Jewish genealogy and includes basic guidelines and strategies, online resources, and the holdings of the JGSGW library at B’nai Israel.

Intermediate Workshop: This workshop is for members who know the basics, but want to take their research to the next level. It will cover more in-depth online searching, DNA, a case study, and a questionand-answer session.


Golda Meir: A Life in Politics with Francine Klagsbrun: Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 pm, Constitution Hall, Meeting Rooms 1-3.

Author Francine Klagsbrun will give the Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture,  speaking about Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, which won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award. Klagsbrun is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day and Married People: Staying Together in the Age of Divorce.

“A thorough and absorbing examination of the woman and her role in Zionism and Israel. Lioness wrests Meir from the shadow of the Yom Kippur War and presents her life and career as a lens to examine Israel’s challenges—borders, settlements, occupation, terror, and the social and ethnic divide between Jews of European origin and those of Middle Eastern origin.”
—Ethan Bronner, The New York Times Book Review

The annual lecture is in memory of SPA Professor Amos Perlmutter, who taught at the University for nearly thirty years, and was a world renowned scholar of political leadership in the Middle East.  Books will be available for sale and signing at a reception after the talk.

For information, contact Laura Cutler at   or 202-885-3780

Women and Politics in Israel Today: Tuesday, March 26, 5:00 pm at American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center.

Former Member of Knesset and public intellectual Einat Wilf will offer remarks on “Women and Politics in Israel Today,” followed by a discussion with moderator Tamara Wittes (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution). For information, contact Laura Cutler at   or 202-885-3780



AIPAC Policy Conference 2019, March 24 – 26, 2019, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community. Through demonstrations of groundbreaking Israeli innovations, keynote speeches by American and Israeli leaders, inspiring moments on stage, and intimate educational sessions Policy Conference delegates experience the full scale of pro-Israel activism in three powerful days. Registration discount ends on March 7.  For more information and to register for the conference, go to or call Deborah Adler at 443-690-0473.

J Street National Conference, Gala and Advocacy Day, October 26-29, 2019, Washington DC.

Register today for the J Street National Conference, bringing together expert panels and inspiring speakers, training’s and workshops. The currently available early bird rate is $400.00, but many rate packages are offered, along with sponsorship options and free registration for Jewish clergy and seminary students.  For more information on the conference, go to