Organization Offers Way to Authenticate Jewish Ancestry

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An organization known as Shlach Amee has dedicated itself to help people verify their Jewish roots. People can now prove their Jewish heritage.

Charles Krauthammer's law of, 'Everyone is Jewish until proven otherwise,' has greater merit than many may believe, and it is Shlach Amee that has the expertise and means to help questioners prove it once and for all

St. Louis, Missouri -- With Passover just around the corner, interest in Judaism, Jewish customs and Jewish identity is on the rise. For various reasons, this particular holiday causes some people to vaguely sense that being Jewish is part of their identity, even if they don't understand why they feel this way. A new and exciting development for those who wonder is an organization called Shlach Amee - "let my people go" in Hebrew .

Founded by Midwest real estate developer Craig Shapiro and staffed with a world- class team of genealogical experts, researchers, business men, lawyers and rabbis, Shlach Amee is a free service dedicated to helping "lost Jews" substantiate their rightful identity.

According to Shapiro, central to the research is the fact that Jewishness is a maternally transmitted trait, and if a mother, grandmother or even fifth great-grandmother was Jewish, the offspring are also Jewish. "Charles Krauthammer's law of, 'Everyone is Jewish until proven otherwise,' has greater merit than many may believe, and it is Shlach Amee that has the expertise and means to help questioners prove it once and for all" says Shapiro.

In some cases it is as direct as having a Jewish parent or grandparent who intermarried, or a childhood lived in the midst of a teeming Jewish neighborhood. In other instances, they witnessed or heard of a blood relative practicing Jewish customs, such as lighting candles Friday night.

Often, what is not being said and done hints at Jewish ancestry. For example, the devotedly Catholic family that never baptized their children, or the grandparents who never spoke of their pre-Holocaust childhood. Those missing pieces often shout louder than anything else that there is a secret waiting to be revealed and a story waiting to be told.

For more information about Jewish ancestry, visit http://www.shlachamee.org.

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Iris Salsman
I. Salsman PR
314-495-3017

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