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Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:30PM

Holly Golightly Was a Nice Jewish Girl:
Our Ancestors Reinvented

Skirball Cultural Center with
speaker, Pamela Weisberger, introduced by Charlie Matthau.

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Holly Golightly Was a Nice Jewish Girl

Who can resist a mystery? Immigrants to America often shed their old world clothing and names, reinventing their personalities and obscuring their identities. Two “Brofman” beauties, born to a poor teenager on the lower east side, rose from rags to riches to become teenage muses to Truman Capote, inspiring one of his best-loved characters and meeting the real Holly Golightly along the way! We’ll also explore the murder mysteries of noir-ish 1920s Los Angeles, gangsters from Odessa, and German mining tycoons. Learn investigative techniques for uncovering the truth about your own amazing (but often hidden) family history.

Pamela Weisberger is program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, president of Gesher Galicia, and a professional genealogist, international speaker and archival researcher.

JGSLA members free, guests $5.00. The JGSLA traveling library will be available starting at 7:00PM. For more program details click here. For directions click here.



Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:30PM

German Special Interest Group: Ask the Experts,

Presenters: Werner Frank & Karen Franklin

American Jewish University

15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077

Curious about your German roots? Come learn from two experts. Werner Frank will provide an overview of AJU Library holdings that deal with researching your roots in the German, Alsatian, Swiss and Austrian areas with focus on his personal collection housed in the Library. He will also identify less well-known German resources of genealogical value, including Internet sites that facilitate research from your home computers. Karen will share new strategies for German Jewish research and give an update on what’s new for genealogists at the Leo Baeck Institute. They will cover research strategies and materials ranging from the Middle Ages through the Holocaust era.



Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30PM

Da Doo Ron Ron: Jews in Rock n’ Roll in the 50s & 60s

with Nigel Grainge

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Did you ever ask what was the first Rock & Roll record?
Most people would say either Bill Haley or Elvis. Wrong!

The first REAL Rock and Roll record was ‘Good rockin’ tonight’ by Wynonie Harris on the King label, out of Cincinnati, and owned by Sid Nathan. (who later signed James Brown in 1956)
The evolution of recorded music that led to that monumental release illustrates the sheer force of creativity by Jewish songwriters, artists, publishing and record companies since their arrival en masse from Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th Century, and who have been at the forefront of every decade of recorded musical history ever since. Just as it happened in the burgeoning film industry in Los Angeles in the early 20th century, Jews had a phenomenal creative input in this “new” music monster, with many songwriters and recording artists, and by the late 1950’s over three-quarters of the US record companies were either run by, or owned by (mainly immigrant) Jews, or their sons!” Da Doo Ron Ron: will focus on the Jewish influence on the 1950s and 60s rock n’ roll scene from Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lou Reed and Neil Sedaka, and record labels such as Chess from Chicago (Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Etta James etc), King in Cincinnati (James Brown, Hank Ballard), Modern Records in LA (BB KIng, John Lee Hooker etc), and Scepter Records in New York (Shirelles, Isley brothers, Dionne Warwick etc)



Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 12:30PM – 6:00PM

Assisted Research Day at the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library

Mentor-guidance, free subscription databases, classes and translations. Crista Cowan from will be our special guest speaker, giving two classes. Open to JGSLA member only, so renew your membership today!

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sharing of genealogical information, techniques and research tools with those who are interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

Founded in 1979, the Society has grown to over 500 members and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We publish a quarterly journal, “Roots-Key,” and hold monthly meetings and twice-yearly research workshops which provide a varied mix of lectures and films to assist our members in their family history research.


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