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Jews & Genetics: Looking at Our History Through Our Heredity

  • Washington Hebrew Congregation 3935 Macomb St NW Washington, DC 20016 (map)

Jewish Enrichment

With Nadine Epstein
Editor-in-Chief, Moment Magazine

Nadine Epstein shares her efforts to discover her family that had vanished over many generations. She utilized genealogical sleuthing, DNA and genetic testing, as well as “cousin-fishing” to reassemble her family tree. Her adventures took her to shtetls and cities in Eastern Europe and introduced her to an online universe of fellow travelers and close relatives, finally curing what she calls her chronic “familial loneliness syndrome.” Epstein has been writing about Jewish genealogy since the 1990’s.

This program is joyously sponsored by Andrew Ammerman in loving memory of Jodie and Max Ammerman and Stephen C. Ammerman.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.


Nadine Epstein

Nadine Epstein

Nadine Epstein is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Moment Magazine, founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change, and founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. She covered politics in the Chicago bureau of the New York Times and at the City News Bureau of Chicago. She was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University Fellow in the political science doctoral program at Columbia University. Epstein has written several books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film that was a semifinalist for the 2001 Academy Awards. She is also a photographer and is based in Washington DC.

Later Event: September 17
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