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“Goodbye” — Challenges Faced by Eastern European Emigrants

September 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Zoom meeting, free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.

Emily Garber will discuss what it was like to get ready to leave home and cross the sea. There were times when it was more difficult for many Jews to leave Eastern Europe than to enter the United States. What were the requirements for emigration? How did they know what to do? How did people get from their homes to ports of departure? How and where did they acquire tickets to sail? Did they have help along the way? This presentation takes emigrants from their homes to ports of departure.

This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is free for members. This is one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5. Register at

Speaker: Emily Garber, genealogy researcher, writer, and speaker, is an anthropological archaeologist by training (B.A. and M.A.) and has been researching her family history since 2007. She holds a certificate from Boston University’s Genealogical Research program and owns Extra Yad Genealogical Services. She has an abiding interest in family history methodology and historical context. Emily blogs at and has written two books and several articles on genealogical research that have appeared in Avotaynu. She serves as chair of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and a member of the Board of Directors of both the IAJGS and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.


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