JGSLA upcoming programs in 2014:


Sunday, November 16: 12:30PM – 6:00PM at the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library

10741 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles 90025

Assisted Research Day at the L.A. FamilySearch Library (JGSLA members only, but you can join at the door)

Get one-on-one help from JGSLA mentors and experts with using the microfilms, library books and free subscription databases at the FHL including Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, Footnote and more.
We’ll offer free translation appointments for your documents (or headstones) in Russian, German, Yiddish, Polish and Hebrew. Translation reservations will be taken after November 6 only.


1:30PM: Barbara Algaze : How to Use the FamilySearch website
2:45PM: Sandy Malek: Intro to TNG [The Next Generation] Software” – how to create a family history website)
3:30PM: Norbert Weinberg: “Courage of the Spirit” (book sale/signing)
5:00PM: Sandy Malek: Transcribing for Ancestry’s World Memory Project – how to get started

“Courage of the Spirit” portrays the spiritual struggle of one man during the first half of the twentieth century—the author’s father, Rabbi Dr. William Weinberg, who survived Nazi and communist tyranny to become the first State Rabbi of the community of Holocaust survivors in the German State of Hesse.

The assisted research day is open to JGSLA MEMBERS ONLY, but you can join at the door!

Sunday, December 7: 1:00PM at University Synagogue with Warren Blatt

11960 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 90049

BlattHanukkah Party & Program: A JewishGen Tutorial

A JewishGen 2014 update of what is new at JewishGen.org, along with previews of future developments and projects coming in 2015. Warren will review where JewishGen has been, where they’re going, and will outline exciting new directions. There will be demonstrations of JewishGen’s ever-expanding databases, resources, and search tools with plenty of time for Q&A.

All programs, except our Assisted Research Day are open to the public. JGSLA members are free, guests are $5.00.

Thursday, January 22: 8:00PM at Skirball Cultural Center with Sarah Wildman

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Directions)

Paper Love Book CoverPaper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

One woman’s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory.

Years after her grandfather’s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: those from Valy—Valerie Scheftel. Her grandfather’s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria. Obsessed with Valy’s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of discovering Valy’s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather’s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history. Co-sponsored by the Skirball Culture Center. Book sale and signing.

Click here to go to our IAJGS Conference 2014 handout page where you can download and print out SIG handouts.

Sandy Malek, President [president@jgsla.org]

Pamela Weisberger, Program VP [pamela@jgsla.org]

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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