Got Treasure? See “The Jewish Antiques Road Show”

Got Treasure? See “The Jewish Antiques Road Show”

Have you wanted to begin a family history project or are you curious about the genealogical “value” of Jewish antiques in your possession? Act quickly to attend this not-to-miss opportunity to be entertained, to learn, be inspired, and network with other local amateurs researching their roots at the annual all-day seminar on Jewish genealogy, coming up on Sunday, October 21.

Entertaining and prominent Jewish genealogist “to the stars” Rafael Guber will present three lectures including The Jewish Antiques Road Show – You Show – I Tell. The seminar will be held at Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 South Kearney Street in DenverRegistration and payment is due October 16th.

Rafael Guber is president of the Sepia Guild and Consulting Genealogist to the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. He has been a regular contributor to Ancestry magazine and senior researcher and contributing narrator to the History Channel’s epic documentary, Ellis Island. In 1997, Guber‘s work was presented in a one man exhibition at the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration called “Finding Your Family,” which was visited by an estimated 100,000 people. In 2000, he was honored at a dinner in Los Angles for his work in promulgating and interpreting the documents of Nazi theft.

Guber is co-creator of the exhibit Finding Our Families Finding Ourselves which explores the family histories of Billy Crystal, Maya Angelou, Joe Torre, and Carlos Santana as well as others currently on display at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. His personal discoveries about his own family were documented in the fourth episode of the ten part PBS series Ancestors. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Guber has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, and he currently has taught genealogy and Jewish history at the Jewish Enrichment Center in Manhattan where he is based and is writing a book and a screenplay.

Presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado, hosted by Congregation Rodef Shalom, and sponsored by Feldman Mortuary, Mount Nebo Memorial Park and NAI Shames Makovsky Real Estate Services, everyone is welcome at this annual All-Day Seminar on Jewish Genealogy and may attend one, two, or all three lectures.

The Jewish Antiques Road Show – You Show – I Tell is a “take-off” on the popular PBS program, ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW. Attendees to the seminar are invited to send digital pictures – in advance by October 1st – of items to have researched, discussed, and evaluated, not in a financial way, but more in a genealogical “who, what, where, why and when” sense. Rafi will choose ten items to research and explore sent by attendees. These items should be sent with as much lead time as possible. Books should show inside covers and any inscriptions. Any explanation of how these items came into the family and anything else the owner can share about the item might be helpful. Rafi will choose the ten which are most interesting and useful to the most people in attendance. Email them by October 1st to 

The schedule for the day is:

  • 10-10:30 – Registration
  • 10:30-12 – Demystifying Words in Jewish Genealogy
  • 12-12:45 – Kosher Lunch Catered by Mark Millenson Catering
  • 12:45 – Door Prize Drawing
  • 1-2:30 – Shame, What Really Happened to Our Female Immigrant Ancestors at Ellis Island
  • 2:30 – Break
  • 2:45-4:15 – The Jewish Antiques Road Show – You Show – I Tell 

A Kosher lunch will be provided, and there will be generous door prizes including an Ancestry World Deluxe Membership, a DNA test from Family Tree DNA, and subscriptions to Avotaynu and Genealogy Bank.

The cost to attend the Seminar is $18 for JGSCO members, and $40 for non-members, which will include materials, mentoring, and membership in JGSCO through December 2013.

RSVP and payment to attend is due by October 16th to or use PAYPAL here. Download a registration form and mail it in with cash or check made out to “JGSCO” to Alvin Perlov, P.O. Box 2586, Littleton, CO 80161. Carpools from Boulder can be coordinated by contacting

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