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Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Get to know your local Jewish Genealogical Society!
Program Sponsor: The Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Date: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. check in for option chat and schmooze
Official program starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Rachael Cerrotti, award-winning author, photographer and podcaster

All are invited to attend. There is no charge for this special event. Save the date.

Cerrotti is an award-winning author, photographer, educator and audio producer as well as the inaugural storyteller in residence for USC Shoah Foundation. For over a decade, she has been retracing her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story and documenting the echoes of WWII. In the fall of 2019, she released her critically acclaimed podcast, titled “We Share The Same Sky,” about this story. The podcast is now being taught in classrooms worldwide. Rachael’s memoir, also titled “We Share The Same Sky” is her first book. It received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and listed as one of the “Best Books of August” by Apple Books. Learn more at: www.rachaelcerrotti.com and www.sharethesamesky.com.

Cerrotti’s podcast and book documents her decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story. She explores the pursuit of memory and how the retelling of family stories becomes the history itself.

In 2009, Cerrotti, a college student pursuing a career in photojournalism, asked her grandmother, Hana, if she could record her story. Hana talked and Cerrotti wrote. Upon Hana’s passing in 2010, Rachael discovered an incredible archive of her life. There were letters, diaries, preserved albums and hundreds of photographs dating back to the 1920s. Cerrotti digitized and organized it all, plucking it from the past and placing it into her present. Then, she began retracing her grandmother’s story, following her through Central Europe, Scandinavia and across the United States. She tracked down the descendants of those who helped save her grandmother’s life during the war. “We Share the Same Sky” weaves together the stories of these two young women—Hana as a refugee who remains one step ahead of the Nazis at every turn, and Cerrotti, whose insatiable curiosity to touch the past guides her into the lives of countless strangers, bringing her love and tragic loss.

The link will be posted on www.jgasgp.org after 11:00 AM on October 31st. No one will be admitted after 2:00 PM.
Contact Marilyn, [email protected] with any questions. Membership info. is posted on our website. All new members joining now will receive membership benefits through 2022.

Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
[email protected]
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


October 31
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia



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