Join us these upcoming JGSLA programs

Sunday, May 3 2015 – 1:30 PM

The Secret Jews: History and Culture of the Crypto JewsAmerican Jewish University

Speaker: Arthur Benveniste
15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077

In the 14th and 15th Centuries, Jews of Spain and Portugal were forced to convert to Catholicism. Many families kept the knowledge of their Jewish past for 500 years, transmitting it in secret to their children and often continuing to practice Jewish rites covertly. Many of the descendants of these Crypto-Jews are now seeking their Jewish heritage. Mr. Benveniste’s presentation will follow the history of Spanish and Portuguese Jews, their forced conversion, the emergence of crypto-Judaism, how it came to the Americas, and the discovery of their Jewish background by many Hispanics in the Americas today



You are invited to a special program celebrating
POLIN, the new Museum of the History of Polish
Jews in Warsaw, and a Jewish life and culture in

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00PM

 (sponsored by the JGSLA, AJG and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland)

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Dr. Sebastian Rejak, Special Envoy of Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for Relations with the Jewish Diaspora presents a lecture entitled Polish Jewry, from Destruction to Revival.

Following the lecture, join us for a concert, exemplifying this cultural resurgence, featuring noted jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz who performs works from his new album The Music of Victor Young. Young, an American born composer of popular songs and films (Around the World in Eighty Days) began his career as a violinist with the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Kuba Stankiewicz, with a catalog of over twenty albums, ranks among the top Jazz pianists in Poland. The American educated Stankiewicz received an Order of Merit from Poland for his cultural contributions and representation of Polish ideals at home and abroad.

Reservations required: go to: or telephone: 310-440-1246

Regular price, $15 per person. JGSLA members discount: $8.00. Use promo code JGSLA to receive special pricing.



Sunday, June 14 2015 – 2:00 PM

From Shtetl to City: Jewish Heritage Travel in Eastern Europe
Speaker: Ruth Ellen Gruber – American Jewish University

The author of National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, and the coordinator of the web site, Ruth conducts an illustrated virtual tour of far-flung synagogues, shtetls, Jewish cemeteries, and other Jewish heritage sites in a variety of countries. She describes personal experiences and discusses the many changes she has witnessed in more than 20 years of exploration of Jewish heritage in the region known as Europe’s Jewish heartland. Ruth also maintains the Jewish Heritage Travel blog. JGSLA members free, guests $5.00.

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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