Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Fall kickoff Meeting, 14 September

This was received from The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay:

           Date:        Sunday, September 14, 2014

          Time:        1:30PM   Refreshments, Schmooze & Library Access
                            2:00PM   Program
          Where:     Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
                           4041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida
                          A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY
                           by Kim Isaac Eisler

      Please join us on Sunday September 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM for a first hand account of how a novice genealogist used his journalistic skills and ability to discover his family history, and of the life lessons he learned while doing so.

      Author and journalist Kim Eisler, who will travel here from Washington, DC to give this talk, was curious as to why his grandfather came to America in 1907, leaving behind his wife and two young children for seven years before bringing them here to join him.  As an experienced investigative newspaper reporter who once worked for the Tampa Tribune, Eisler prided himself on knowing how to find answers to puzzling questions, so in a pre-Google world, he set out on a journey of discovery of his family's history.  His findings answered questions about relatives he knew, and they led to his discovery of many relatives he didn't know he had.  The more answers he found, the more he realized that he had to travel to his ancestral home to complete his reconnection with his past.  His dream of going to Radomysl, Poland was fulfilled with a journey that also took him to Krakow and to Auschwitz. Despite the horrors of the Holocaust that were exemplified there, and amid his emotions, he also found something that indicated a ray of hope in our troubled world that he will share with us.  His was a true journey of discovery.  His inspiring story is worth telling and worth listening to.  Don’t miss it.

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