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Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00PM

Paper Love Book Cover

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Skirball Cultural Center with author, Sarah Wildman

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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. Book sale and signing. Co-sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center. Free to JGSLA members plus one guest. Other guests, $8.00. Reservations required. Click here for more program information.



Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:30PM

Holly Golightly Was a Nice Jewish Girl: Our Ancestors Reinvented

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

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 rages 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.



Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30PM

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

with Nigel Grainge

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. Open to JGSLA member only!

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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