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BHJC/JPACE Speaker Series Presents: Settlers to Soldiers with Jerry Hirsch

JERRY HIRSCH was born in Chicago, raised in a traditional Jewish home, and aware of his Jewish roots at an early age. His father spent half his life searching for the family that he always knew was in Israel, and contacted several Jewish organizations in hopes of locating them. Finally, one of his many letters was received by a relative, and he discovered a large family living in Zichron Yaacov, the place founded in 1882, by Jerry’s great-grandparents in the First Aliyah.


Inspired by the story of his pioneering family, Jerry can trace his ancestors back seven generations. He has written three books: Aliyah to Zichron, Call to Zion and Settlers to Soldiers.

Jerry is a direct descendent of original settlers in Israel. He is a genealogist, historian, speaker, and was a docent for many years at the Museum of Tolerance. All his extensive research has led to having considerable knowledge of the courageous pioneers, original settlers, and dedicated Zionists, who played an important part in Jewish history.


Over the years, Jerry has made numerous trips not only to Israel, but Zichron Yaacov, where members of his family still live in the same house built by his great-grandparents. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, and two daughters.

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