Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto
The Not So Mythological Village of Chelm
Speaker: Steven Brock
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation
470 Glencairn Avenue
Entrance: North (parking lot) doors
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Jewish folklore is filled with stories about the village of Chelm. Outsiders consider the villagers as fools, but they know that they are the great sages of the world and that their logic always makes perfect sense – at least to them. Although Chelm seems like a mythical place, it is in fact a real village in south-east Poland. In his presentation, Steven will recount the history of the real life village and how it got its humourous and less than flattering reputation.
Steven Brock has been researching his family roots in Poland and Russia for over 20 years and has traced his ancestors back to the late 1700s. He was a member of the Montreal JGS until he moved with his family to Oakville in 1999. He has been a member of the Hamilton Jewish Genealogical Society since its inception in 2004 and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer for 12 years. In addition to his own research, he has been involved in several projects including the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, the Canadian Naturalization Database Indexing, and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR).
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