Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland meeting

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Date(s) - Sunday, October 29, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Pikesville Library


Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull
Title: “Discovering Your Lost Jewish Heritage through Y-DNA”
Date and Time: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, to hear Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull present “Discovering Your Lost Jewish Heritage through Y-DNA.”

For centuries, Jews have sought their yichus by connecting themselves to rabbinical families, either through marriage, or by paper trail. Thanks to recent advances in genetic genealogy and DNA technology, this is now possible to do for many more individuals of Jewish descent than ever before.

The goal of Dr. Paull’s Y-DNA research studies is to identify the Y-DNA genetic signatures of some of Jewry’s most renowned tzaddiks and historic rabbinical families. Anyone who matches one of these Y-DNA genetic signatures shares a common paternal ancestor with them. Identifying that common ancestor would enable one to link to a pedigree and paper trail that may be many centuries old.

This presentation covers the following topics: why the study of the world’s historic rabbinical lineages and dynasties is so important to Jewish genealogy; how Y-DNA and traditional genealogy work together in the process for identifying the Y-DNA genetic signature for a rabbinical lineage; the results of Dr. Paull’s many pioneering rabbinical heritage Y-DNA studies of historically significant rabbis, rabbinical lineages, and tzaddiks; and how these studies can enable people to rediscover their own family’s lost Jewish heritage.

After reviewing the basic principles of how the Y-DNA genetic signature of a lineage is identified, Dr. Paull will briefly discuss the results of his Y-DNA studies of the Baal Shem Tov, the Shpoler Zeida, the Katzenellenbogen and Polonsky rabbinical lineages, and the Savran-Bendery and Twersky Chassidic dynasties, and explain how such studies will enable many people to rediscover their family’s heritage.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.