Chicago's Jewish West Side to be the focus of March 17 hybrid lecture

"It's a Small World! Genealogy on Chicago's Jewish West Side" will be the topic of Marshall High School alumna Beverly Chubat for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois hybrid meeting on Sunday, March 17, 2024. She will discuss and take questions about institutions such as the Jewish People's Institute and the Douglas Park Theater.

Her online talk will begin at 2 p.m. CDT via Zoom and at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Illinois. She will be speaking remotely, and her presentation will be projected onto the wall at Temple Beth-El.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. for those who want to use genealogy library materials, get help with family history websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome; however, registration is strongly encouraged.

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Beverly Chubat attended the I. L. Peretz and Workmen's Circle Yiddish folk schools on the West Side of Chicago and spent summers at Camp Kinderland in South Haven, Michigan, in an atmosphere rich in Yiddishkeit and Jewish cultural history. She has a BFA from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Bev was the editor/designer of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society quarterly journal (1999-2019). A writer and an artist, she is now also a freelance researcher for the Chicago History Museum.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is "Members Helping Members Since 1981." The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members' forum, more than 70 video recordings of past speakers' presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more.

For more information, see or phone (312) 666-0100.

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