December 17, 2017
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

University Synagogue, a Jewish congregation, Los Angeles CA


JGSLA HANUKKAH PARTY and FILM of SHOLEM ALEICHEM, Laughing in the Darkness This film will be approximately 90 minutes. Come early to secure a seat suitable to your hearing and sight needs. Film by Joseph Dorman: Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich was known to the world by the pen name Sholem Aleichem. A Jewish writer raised in the Russian Empire during an era of volatile political change, Aleichem is best-known for his stories about Tevye the Dairyman--fiction that eventually inspired the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Through archival resources, in-depth analysis, interviews, and readings of his texts, this documentary presents an in-depth portrait [...]

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Jan Berlfein Burns: The Summer of 1940, three young Jewish girls

January 14, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles CA

Speaker: Jan Berlfein Burns

The Summer of 1940 through the eyes of three Jewish girls from Warsaw, Antwerp and Los Angeles Sunday Afternoon,  January 14th, 2018   1:30 pm at AJU JGSLA member Jan Berlfein Burns, genealogist, writer and photographer brings together her interests to explore the lives of three young Jewish girls from distant cities, across continents, as they were caught in a moment of history.  Included in her talk, Jan will share excerpts from fellow JGSLA member Henny Roth's story of her escape from Europe in the summer of 1940. Henny's book  Just a Jewish Girl  will be available for sale following the [...]

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

Founded in 1979, the Society has over 500 members and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We hold monthly meetings providing a mix of lectures and films to assist our members in their family history research and twice-yearly research workshops with volunteer helpers and translators.

IAJGS 2018 in Warsaw, Poland
August 6-10, 2018

Co-hosts: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Jewish Historical Institute
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Support JGSLA with the purchase of
Jews in the Great War: Family Histories Retold
by Rosen, Lois Ogilby, ed.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, 2015.  208 pp.
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A Review by Marion Werle:  Jews in the Great War is a collection of 37 stories of the World War I experiences of Jews from all over the world. The stories and accompanying photos were initially exhibited at the 34th IAJGS Jewish genealogy conference, held in Salt Lake City in 2014. The book is partly a scrapbook and partly an exhibit catalog. The level of detail varies from story to story, the longest of which is 11 pages of narrative, photos and documents, with the typical entry consisting of a page or two of text accompanied by one or more photos and small family trees.      Read More