Climbing Your Family Tree - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Sunday, November 2 at 2:00 PM
Admission is FREE, Photo ID required for entrance

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th Street (Between Broadway and Mercer)
New York City

A workshop for those seeking to chart family history and memory through an introduction to Jewish genealogy and methodologies specific to Jewish families, led by Debra Braverman, a professional genealogist and past officer of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Aging, on view from September 2, 2003 through June 25, 2004. Aging is a process that begins with birth—it is a lifelong journey affecting the dynamics of human relationships, creativity, memory, continuity, and growth. Jewish text sources are full of references to values intrinsic to the aging process, from the respect attendant to one’s elders, honor for one’s parents, forty as the age of understanding, fifty as the age of counsel, the celebration of wisdom at age sixty, the celebration of strength at the age of eighty, and intergenerational and familial responsibilities. Through painting, sculpture, photography, installation, mixed media, and video, contemporary artists from Israel and North America reflect on the diverse aspects of aging, including creativity and vitality, memory, anxiety, wisdom, physical change, loss, intergenerational interaction, responsibility, and optimism.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and JDC-ESHEL (The Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel), with additional support by UJA-Federation of New York.

For further information, please call Sarah Schriever at 212-824-2293 or e-mail

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.