2019 Jewish Roots Workshop PROGRAMME

A One-Day workshop of the

Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies  

At JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road
London   NW3 6ET

Sunday 22 September 2019


Jewish Roots Workshop  




Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30am            Registration

10:00am          Welcome

                       Susan Storring, IPJS Joint Conference Secretary

                        Opening Remarks

                       Dr. François Guesnet, Reader in Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, and IPJS Chairman


Morning Session 1

10:15am           Sima Velkovich

                         “The fate of Holocaust Victims in Yad Vashem’s documentation and projects.”

11:00am            Q&A 


11:30am            Coffee break


Morning Session 2

11:45am             Sima Beeri

     “Lost and Found”. How a chance visit to Yad Vashem led to the amazing discovery of a family previously hidden during the Soviet times.

12:15pm             Q&A 

12:30 2pm          Lunch (provided), with time for mingling and data-base searching.

NB. Please do not bring food into JW3 unless is it certified and sealed as kosher. Thank you
for your co-operation.


Afternoon Session 1

2:00pm               Michael Tobias

                          “Jewish Genealogical research using online searchable databases”

2:45                    Q&A (30 min.)


Coffee or tea in between… (15 min.)


Afternoon Session 2

3:15pm               Asya Gefter

                          “Stories of Not Asking and Not Telling”: an artist and researcher’s journey into the recovery of her ancestors’ lives, disappearances, ideologies, and migrations. Asya’s findings reflect on the erasures and intersections of family and national memories in the Russian- and English-speaking worlds.

3:45                   Q&A

4:00pm              Tea break

Afternoon Session 3

4:15pm              “A Town called Brzostek” (2014, Dir. Simon Target, 50 min.)

                          Prof Jonathan Webber’s story of the restoration of an abandoned Jewish cemetery in his ancestral hometown, and of Jewish-Polish reconciliation.

                          Introduced by Prof Antony Polonsky (10 min.)

5:15pm               Discussion chaired by Dr Guesnet (15 min.)


Afternoon Session 4

5:30pm               Concluding Discussion and chance to talk with presenters and experts.

6:00pm               Close of Workshop – Good bye! and hope to see you next year.


Jewish Roots Workshop

Sunday 22 September 2019