Harold Kurzman at the Renaissance Academy October 20 & 27, 2015 & November 13 & 20, 2015
Harold Kurzman, board member and great-grandson of Isidor and Ida Straus, gave two lectures at the Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University about his family legacy. The first two part lecture took place in Bonita Springs on October 20 and 27, from 10:30 to 12 pm. The second two part lecture took place in Naples on November 13 and 20 from 10:30 to 12 pm.
The description of the lecture from the course catalog is below.
The Straus Historical Society in Georgia November 1-8, 2015
Thank you to Jeremy Katz and Aaron Berger for helping put together this event. We hope to return again soon for a presentation about the Strauses Southern Jewish experience.
The Temple Tribe of the Southside
On November 2, 2015, at 7 pm, Joan Adler gave a presentation entitled, "From Pushcart to Macy's" about the history of southern Jews for the Temple Tribe of the Southside. This talk took place in the home of James and Judy Freeman and was attended by over 30 people. To read more about this event, read an article written for the Atlanta Jewish Times.
Thank you to Don Thomas for arranging and promoting this event.
On November 4, 2015, at 5:30 pm, Joan Adler gave a presentation about her book, For the Sake of the Children, at the University of Georgia. In the classroom of Dr. Marjanne E. Goozé, Associate Professor of German in the Germanic and Slavic Studies Department, Joan spoke to a group of over 70 students.
Thank you to Dr. Goozé and Kristina Petti for organizing this lecture.
Harvest Days in Old Talbot
Joan Adler and Catherine Smith, were invited to Georgia the Harvest Days in Old Talbot Weekend. "Harvest Days in Old Talbot" is the seventh annual weekend hosted by Michael H. and Debbie Buckner of the Patsiliga Museum in Junction City, GA.
Joan and Catherine set up photographs, books and other informational materials in the dining room. During the weekend, over 180 people passed through the property to enjoy the old world charm of this incredible Georgia home.
Thank you to Mike & Debbie Buckner for sponsoring the SHS in Georgia! We hope to return again next year to celebrate the Straus Family's rich heritage!
We would also like to thank Dottie Cohen & Joel Friedman, Dickie and Julie Straus, and Mike & Debbie Buckner for their hospitality during this trip.
On October 25, 2015, at 2 pm, Joan Adler gave a presentation entitled, "The Greenebaum Family: From the Rheinpfalz to Chicago" at the meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. This event was co-hosted by the Chicago Jewish Historical Society. With well over 100 attendees, Joan gave an interesting talk about the Greenebaum family, a part of the Straus family that was very prominent in the Chicago area.
Thank you to Sandra Schon Kiferbaum, Membership Vice President, Marcey Siegel, Membership Co-chair, and Martin Fischer, Former Publicity Chair, of Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, and to Jerry Levin and Beverly Chubat of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society. We would also like to thank Jim and Lili Greenebaum for their hospitality.
On July 8th, 2015, from 10-11 am, Joan Adler gave a presentation about the Straus Family at the Greens at Half Hollow, a community in Melville, New York. The powerpoint talk was given to the Men's Club and was attended by more than 100 men and women from the community. Following the presentation was a stirring and interesting Question and Answer session.
Thank you to George Borsuk and the Men's Club for hosting us for this presentation. We hope to return again in the future.
On June 28th, 2015, from 2-3:30 pm, Joan Adler gave a stirring presentation about the Straus Family. The talk was followed by a walk in the cemetery to the Straus family mausoleum, which features a funeral barge in front, memorializing Isidor and Ida with the inscription:'Many waters cannot quench our love - neither can the floods drown it.'
The presentation was attended by a very interested and informed group. Thank you to Susan Olsen of Woodlawn Cemetery who put this event together. We hope to return to the cemetery in the future for more events!
Thank you to Mr. Paul Kolimas, the Social Science Department Chairperson, Mr. Jon Elfner, Brian Zakem, and all the students of Homewood-Flossmoor High School for giving us a platform to reach younger generations.
On Thursday, January 22, the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group hosted a presentation by Joan Adler. Held at 6:30 at Hostelling International, Joan presented an in depth look into the Straus family's connection to the Bloomingdale Neighborhood and their history in New York City. With over 100 people in attendance, the presentation was well received and an interesting Q&A was conducted following the talk. Joan was then available for a book signing and meet and greet. Thank you to Batya Miller, Jim Mackin, and Al Berr for facilitating this presentation.