JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from September through June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. Our meeting location, since September 2013, is the LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 (in Factoria, just off I-90 and I-405). Occasional meetings will be held at the JCC on Mercer Island. Admission is free.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, March 12, 2018
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library's genealogical resources!
  • Free Wi-Fi available. Come early to network with other attendees.
  • Free admission and refreshments provided.
  • Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 PM.

 JGSWS proudly presents:

"The Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories," presented by Marcia Fine


The Jewish Book Council describes Marcia Fine's latest book, Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, as: "Officials who search and burn every soul not devoted to the Church.... Celendaria, a young girl in 1650, is on the verge of becoming a woman in a place that has turned hostile to those who follow their one true faith. She witnesses her grandmother being arrested by Inquisition officers for Judaizing. As conversos, the family experiences dread as they keep rituals and traditions alive. This tale shines a bright light on the hidden Crespin family in their attempt to survive in 17th century Mexico when most of the Americas are ruled by Spain." Sephardim were cast out of many places since 1492. "Celendaria and her grandmother, Clara, carry the story. It concludes in the 1800s when the Palace of the Inquisition opens its doors to set people free. The persecution and fear creates a veil of memories that promises to affect the perception of future generations." This perilous adventure story from another era is a story of strength, bravery and survival.

Marcia Fine will speak to us about the history of conversos and Sephardim, how trauma is passed down to descendants, and the research that has gone into her books. If you'd like to bring any of her books with you, Ms. Fine will be pleased to autograph your book.



Award-winning author and speaker Marcia Fine began to pursue her dream of writing in 2000. Since then, she has written seven novels, including The Blind Eye: A Sephardic Journey and Paper Children: An Immigrant's Legacy. Her most recent novel, Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, published in 2017, examines Sephardic Jews in Mexico during the Inquisition. With an interest in epigenetics, she examines how trauma is passed on in families. Marcia has a BA from Florida State University and a Masters from Arizona State University.

Download handouts from past meetings.

April 9: Panel, "Breaking Down Brick Walls"
May 14: Debra Kay Blatt, "Using JewishGen"
June 11: Emily Garber, "When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques"


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