For many of us, our family names are clues to our ancestors’ careers, personalities, characteristics, towns of origin or religious practices. Learn why, how and when we received our last names and what they can reveal. “A Rose by Any Other Name” is the first in a series of programs about Jewish surnames presented by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh over the coming months.
This program is possible through the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.
“A Rose by Any Other Name” is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please register online. The program is free for JGS-Pittsburgh members and $5 for the general public. To become a member of the JGS-Pittsburgh and receive a free membership code, please visit its website at https://www.pghjgs.org/membership.
This virtual program will be recorded. After the program, the recording will be made available to JGS-Pittsburgh members who are current on their dues.
For more information, please contact the Rauh Jewish Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dick Goldman is Vice President and Membership Chair for the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS). He is responsible for programming at the Jewish Heritage Club in Valencia Lakes (Boynton Beach, FL) and is president of the community’s Genealogy group. He served as president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland for a number of years, and has lectured widely and frequently. Dick and his wife Roz relocated to Florida in 2018. Since March 2020 he has offered programs using ZOOM, and he has been seen and heard by groups locally and throughout the country.
Dick is the retired General Manager of the Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center in Baltimore (Jewish Federation) and was Director of Jewish Life and Camping Services at its JCC. He was the founding director of Youth Activities for Women’s American ORT, led multiple trips to Israel, and is an award winning Jewish educator. After retirement he served as adjunct faculty at CCBC in Maryland teaching genealogy, and he continued to lecture on Jewish topics for numerous organizations. His graduate work took place at Hebrew Union College-JIR in New York City. During his 20-year ‘secular’ career he was the founder and president of two high-tech companies. Dick and Roz have two children and five grandchildren.