JGSLA MEETING NOTICE
Have you gotten your fill of latkes and turkey yet?
If not, come join us for our annual (post) Hanukkah Party this Sunday, complete with mini-Klezmer concert:
Sunday, December 8, 2013 – 1:30PM
University Synagogue – Klein Hall
11960 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049
“Ships of our Ancestors” presentation by Hal Bookbinder, followed by a short accordian performance of the music our ancestors listened – or listed – to while enduring the turbulent crossing in steerage, by the founder of the Ellis Island Klezmer Band, Barry Fisher, after which there will an opportunity for a klezmer Q & A.
During the active years of Ellis Island, 83,000 ship arrivals were recorded. Between1880-1914 about 2 million Jewish immigrants arrived from Europe, most passing through Ellis Island. Until air travel, immigrants arrived by sea, first on sailing ships and after the mid-19th Century, on steamships. This presentation focuses on ships, discussing the shift from sail to steam and the governmental regulations which made ship travel safer and more civilized. Hal will address our ancestors getting to the port of embarkation, being processed for passage, life aboard the vessel and experiences on Ellis Island.
A former president of JGSLA and IAJGS, Hal Bookbinder chairs the JewishGen Board of Governors’ Strategic Planning Committee. He has served in a leadership role for 8 IAJGS conferences and will co-chair the 2014 conference in Salt Lake City. Hal has published articles on research techniques, Jewish history, border changes and safe computing and has lectured at most recent conferences. In 2010, he was honored with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. He and his wife live in Southern California where he directs IT for the UCLA Health System.
Founded in the 1970′s, the Ellis Island Band is Los Angeles’ oldest and most internationally renowned klezmer band. Among many international engagements, it has played everywhere from Nashville’s Opryland to Poland’s Krakow Jewish Festival, to a film star’s storybook wedding in a villa in Umbria, Italy. The EIB has been featured in television and films, including Meyer Lansky’s wedding scene in Universal Pictures’s Mobster. Ellis Island’s John Anson Ford Amphitheater concert for Yiddishkayt L.A. of the “Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa and the Jews,” was a product of extensive historical and musical research. Its concert of at L.A.’s Skirball Klez/Rom “Hot Wedding Music” with Romani musicians and singers performing the related wedding music of both ethnicities, was given an excellent review in the Los Angeles Times. Founder Barry Fisher is the accordionist.
- The JGSLA Traveling Library will be available starting at 1:00PM
- Program starts promptly at 1:30PM
- Break for Latkes, applesauce, sufganiyot and socializing at 2:45PM
- Klezmer Music Mini-Concert & Q & A at 3:00PM
- Traveling library available until 4:00PM
JGSLA MEMBERS FREE – GUESTS $5.00 – Hannukah delicacies will be served – INVITE YOUR FRIENDS FOR A ROLLICKING GOOD TIME!
Upcoming JGSLA Meetings
Sunday, December 8, 1:30 PM
Hanukah Party, Klezmer Music and “Ships of Our Ancestors”
Hal Bookbinder – University Synagogue, West Los Angeles
Monday, January 6, 7:30 PM
“For the Sake of the Children: Letters Between Otto Frank & Nathan Straus, Jr.”
Joan Adler – Toyota USA Automobile Museum, Torrance
Tuesday, January 21, 7:30 PM
“Return of the Jew: Discovering Jewish Roots/Revival of Jewish Culture in Contemporary Poland”
Filmmaker, Katka Reszke – Capshaw-Spielberg Center, Santa Monica
Thursday, February 20, 8:00 PM
“Raquel: A Marked Woman” Filmmaker, Gabriela Bohm – Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:30 PM
“Introduction to German Genealogical Research ” Roger Lustig, place TBD
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.