Community Briefs: Genealogy Presenter, Composer’s New Song

Sharon Taylor. Courtesy of Sharon Taylor

Local Resident to Present at August Genealogy Conference
Sharon Taylor of Upper Dublin will present at the 41st annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, held virtually from Aug. 1-5.

Taylor will present “Schlep Me Home Country Road: A Virtual Visit to our Ancestral Shtetls” and a poster session titled, “Wish You Were Here: Postcards from Eastern Europe.” Both presentations feature images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe prior to the Holocaust, and participants are encouraged to think about shtetl life in a nuanced way, beyond stereotypes.

Taylor is a writer, researcher and speaker, as well as a member of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia and a member of Gesher Galicia, an organization dedicated to genealogical research in the former Austrian province of Galicia.

Area Man Releases Music Video About Disability, Connection During Pandemic
Michael Bihovsky released a music video for “Paperweight,” a song about what it’s like to be disabled during the pandemic.

Bihovsky, who deals with a rare connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danos Syndrome, said he hopes “the video will help bring awareness to the condition and to chronic illnesses and disabilities in general.”

Bihovsky, 34, who grew up in Wynnewood, was featured in a May 2020 Jewish Exponent article about a pandemic parody called “Trapped Inside the House” that was based on a song from “Les Miserables.”

He is an alum of Perelman Jewish Day School and what’s now Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2009, majoring in musical theater performance and composition, with minors in astrophysics and mythology. He also studied orchestration at The Juilliard School.

“Paperweight” can be viewed at



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