Join us at the 2010 Dokshitsy Diaspora Reunion, August 20 to 22.
Deadline August 12th see bottom for a pdf
of the lost Jewish communities of Eastern Europe, including Dokshitsy,
live within us, and embody a shared past that continues to unite their
descendants across the globe. Between the 1880s and the 1930s, thousands
of Jews left Dokshitsy to seek better lives in the wider world. From
Abelmans and Alloys to Warfmans and Ziskinds, they created a Dokshitsy
Diaspora that extends to 6 continents.
We are reaching out to
all those who either descend from the Dokshitsy Jewish Community or have
expressed an interest in its history. We invite you to the Dokshitsy
Diaspora Reunion, from Friday, August 20, 2010 to Sunday, August 22,
2010 at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Present at the reunion will be members of the following families:
Adelson, Cirlin, Ginsburg, Kusinitz, Alperovitz, Kabakoff, Kopelevich,
Katz, Raichelson, Hodosh, Raskind, Friedman, Katzowicz, Hutkin, Rosoff,
Drutz, Svirsky, Plavnik, and Kabachnik. Will your family be
The Reunion will give us a chance to share our
past and our present in the company of fellow Dokshitsy descendants. Our
program, which we continue to refine based on your on your input, will
allow us to learn about the experiences of our ancestors and landsleut ,
both in Dokshitsy and in the wider world to which we have migrated.
And we have migrated- east to Russia, south to Israel, South Africa,
Australia and South America, and west to Western Europe and North
America; to cities and towns large and small.
starts on Friday evening August 20, 2010. We will gather for with
welcoming, candle lighting, brief services, and supper. Saturday morning
we will begin at 10 AM (preceded by breakfast and optional Shabbat
services) with talks about Dokshitsy history, the immigration process
and the early years in our new lands.
For lunch, we will be
honored with Eva Fogelman speaking about "The Psychology of remembering
your Dokshitsy roots." Eva's father, Simcha Fogelman, a Holocaust
survivor, was born in Dokshitsy. Eva is a well-known researcher of the
Righteous Among the Nations. I am often asked why am I so obsessed
with Dokshitsy. Eva will help to put the answer into words.
Saturday afternoon , we will remember the Holocaust and its effect on
our families. We will also devote time to writings about Dokshitsy. This
will be followed by discussing the recent restoration of the Dokshitsy
Jewish cemetery, including a visit by 14 descendants and family members,
some of whom will be present. Among those present will be Joel
Alpert who created a web site about Dokshitsy and also completed the
English translation of the Yizkor book and posted it online, among many
Scattered throughout the weekend will be
time to just schmooze and to share what we know about our own families.
This will give all of us a chance to meet descendants of other
Dokshitsy and Parafianov families who we may have heard of from our
parents and grandparents.
After a break, we will join for a closing banquet.
will also be lighter moments, such as Dokshitsy trivia and kvelling
about (and poking some fun at) celebrities with Dokshitsy roots. On
Sunday morning we will have breakfast together. For the
genealogy-minded, we hope to have a speaker from the National Archives,
and also learn from Dokshitsy descendants how to conduct genealogical
The Radisson Hotel Providence Airport in Warwick, RI.
still has rooms; good deals may still be found online. To reserve
directly, call 1-800-395-7046.
Warwick is 10 minutes from
Providence, 20 minutes from the village of Wickford, 30 minutes to
Bristol and Newport (one of the communities of the Dokshitsy Diaspora),
and approximately 1 hour from downtown Boston. As a native Rhode
Islander, I can assure you that you will be in tourist heaven.
help will be needed to underwrite this event. Please support this
event, even if you are not attending. And please share this
I look forward to meeting you and to sharing and celebrating our mutual heritage.
If you are interested in an optional excursion to Newport, RI, please
indicate at the bottom of registration form. Consider extending your
stay in the area by one night.
Aaron Ginsburg Natick, MA
508-682-3115 firstname.lastname@example.org jewishdokshitsy.org Facebook:
Jewish Dokshitsy families:Cirlin, Ginsburg, Kusinitz
August 20 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Sign in , introductions, and
networking. 7:15 candle lighting and brief Service; supper from
Saturday, August 21 8:45 AM – 9:45 breakfast buffet (optional religious service 8-10 am)
10:00 AM Welcome and mutual introductions
10:15 AM- 10:50 Dokshitsy – a talk about a vanished world, geography, history,
11:45 The Dokshitzers who left – how a small shtetl gave rise to the
Dokshitsy Diaspora Why did they leave, where did they go?
11:45 – 12:25 PM speaker from National archives.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
2:15 PM Eva Fogelman on "The psychology of remembering your Dokshitsy
roots" followed by questions and discussion of this topic.
3:15 PM The Dokshitzers who stayed between WWI and WWII– the Holocaust
in Dokshitsy; some specific stories. Remembering and understanding.
Visiting Dokshitsy, The monument from the 1960s; the Dokshitsy Cemetery
Restoration Project; future remembrance projects
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM or later Family Presentations
PM – 7:00 PM Break (there will be some programming during the break
discussing How to research your Dokshitsy history and other topics TBA
such as Dokshitsy cemeteries both there and in the US). schmoozing
PM- 11 PM informal sharing of experiences and family stories
Pre-dinner presentation; slide show; collage of photographs 7:30- 8:30
Banquet speaker TBA
Sunday, August 22 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM breakfast and goodbyes
Sunday afternoon-Monday optional excursion to Newport, RI
DOKSHITSY DIASPORA REUNION REGISTRATION FORM Deadline August 12th
August 20-22, 2010 at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport Warwick, Rhode Island
Check-in and Reception (6:00- 7:00 pm 7:15-7:45 candle lighting and
brief service. 7:50 supper We can continue connecting until 10:00 PM
Saturday: All-Day program (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) preceded by Breakfast, Luncheon
Saturday evening:Banquet (7-11pm)Sunday:Breakfast including Bagels & Lox (8-11)
Number of adults entire event (includes 5 meals Fri. night-Sun. morning) _____@ $155.00=______
Number of adults Saturday only (lunch and dinner)..................................___@75 each=______
Number of adults Saturday (breakfast, lunch and dinner)........................____@100 each=______
Number of adults Saturday lunch or dinner (not both, please specify)...................._____@$50 each=______
Number of children under 10 (5 children’s meals Fri. night-Sun. AM).____@$75 each=______
Number of children under 10 Saturday (lunch & dinner children’s meals) .____@$40 each=______
No of children under 10 Saturday(breakfast, lunch, dinner children’s meals)___@$58 each=______
Number under 10 years old Saturday lunch or dinner (children's meal)......____@$35=______
Number of adults Sunday add breakfast......................................................____@$25=______
Number of children Sunday Under 10 years add breakfast ..................___@$18 each=_______
Additional contribution (consider even if not attending)......I suggest at least $65pp = __65+______
Indicate how many of each adult entree selection for your party:
Friday evening Baked Haddock ____or Grilled Tofu with Mediterranean Quinoa_____
Saturday evening New England Style Baked Scrod with Lemon Butter Sauce ____
or Polenta Napoleon with spinach and Romesco Sauce _________
check & form to Dokshitsy Reunion c/o Aaron Ginsburg 9 Silver Hill
Lane #19 Natick,MA 01760 or email form & pay using paypal to
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Names of all attending:
Send check Dokshitsy Reunion c/o Aaron Ginsburg 9 Silver Hill Lane #19 Natick, MA 01760.
Tell us something about yourself and your family:
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Interested in extending your visit to Sunday evening for a group excursion to Newport?_____
I would like some travel tips for visiting Rhode Island__________