What Am I Inheriting - Exploring Your Roots Series. PART 1: Tracing your Family's Journey

Join us for the first event of a 3-part series that brings together like-minded women on the Peninsula who are driven by Jewish values to create connections and strengthen our community.

Online registration is now closed. If you would still like to register, please call 415.512.6271.

Explore traditions and build new ones for the future.

PART 1: Tracing Your Family's Journey

If you've wondered about the facts behind your family's stories, been curious about the origins of the candlesticks you use on Shabbat, or had hopes of finding cousins in Israel, please join the Federation's South Peninsula Women for appetizers, wine, and a special evening with experts who will share personal stories and reveal the tools you'll need to tell your story, including how to:

  • Research process for uncovering your ancestors, where they lived and the circumstances that brought them here; 
  • Discover how your family's documents, photographs and objects could help forensic researchers;
  • Identify ways to capture your family stories and gain insight into their lives as well as your own; and
  • Tell your story so that it's compelling to the next generation and beyond.  


6:30 to 7:00 pm - Guest Check-in, Appetizers & Schmoozing
7:00 to 8:00 pm - Program
8:00 to 8:30 pm - Dessert & More Schmoozing


PART 2: Jewish Deli with a Sip - Coming in June 
Portola Vineyards at 850 Trancos Road in Portola Valley

PART 3: Expressing our Jewish Heritage with Bama Ivrit - Coming in August 
Private home in Palo Alto (address available upon RSVP)


South Peninsula Women's Host Committee:
Tali Alon, Julie Arnheim, Nanette Freedland, Andi Frenkel, Linda Fresco, Efrat Kasznik, Sara Leslie, Shana Nelson Middler, Tali Ronen, Nanette Rowe, Susan Sims


April 25, 2018
12:00 AM
Perkins Coie LLP, 3150 Porter Drive
Palo Alto


Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
South Peninsula Women
Event Contact Person: 
Anne Grenn Saldinger, Ph.D.
Anne Grenn Saldinger is a consultant and founder of Looking Back for the Future, helping people to create family legacy projects including memoirs, oral history interviews, video biographies, and ethical wills. Anne’s belief in the power of personal stories grew out of her training as a clinical psychologist and oral historian. She believes that each person’s life story is a unique legacy to be appreciated and learned from. She is passionate about helping people capture their memories and insights for the benefit of themselves and future generations.

Dr. Saldinger is the former Executive Director of the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project and Director of Oral History at the Holocaust Center of Northern California. As part of her tenure in these positions she facilitated the recording of hundreds of priceless life stories of Holocaust survivors in the San Francisco Bay Area. She served as a Guest Lecturer about Holocaust testimony nationally and internationally.

Anne holds degrees from the University of California and Tel Aviv University. After living in Israel for ten years, she returned to the Bay Area to continue her studies. She wrote a Masters Thesis on Jewish children's reactions to war and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Her dissertation research studied the psychological significance of bearing witness for aging Holocaust survivors.

She is author of a young adult textbook entitled Life in a Nazi Concentration Camp published by Lucent Books and has edited and served as a ghostwriter for numerous memoirs. She is active in the community and in her 19th year serving on the North Peninsula Yom HaShoah committee, and 9th year on the Executive Board of the Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools.
Roslyn Sholin
Storyteller Roslyn Sholin inherited a wealth of artifacts detailing the Jewish family experience in America. Her family's heirlooms became the basis for ‘My Attic, Your Story’ at the Oshman Family JCC. As a speaker, she talks about the importance of sharing family lore and how this show came to life.An associate member of the Council of American Jewish Museums, Roslyn has created a traveling exhibit to share with other communities. She has been a featured speaker at various temples in the area. A video interview of Roslyn has been recorded by the Yiddish Book Center and can be viewed here http://tinyurl.com/mwc4qa5.
Preeva Tramiel, Author
Preeva Adler Tramiel is a writer and community volunteer in Palo Alto, California. Her entire life has been involved with Jewish, women’s, philanthropic and educational issues. She is a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society and on the Leadership Council of the National Abortion Rights Action League. Her past adventures include being President of Congregation Etz Chayim, and the Palo Alto High School PTA. Also, she wrote a column called “School Matters,” for the Bay area Daily News and appeared as a contestant on the TV game show Win Ben Stein’s Money. She and her husband have two grown sons. “The Girl on the Wall”, a memoir, is her first full-length work. and she is currently at work on a novel.