Louise Steinman: The Crooked Mirror: In Search of Nameless Ancestors and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation

November 13, 2016
1:30 pm

American Jewish University, Sperber Library, Los Angeles CA

The Crooked Mirror: In Search of Nameless Ancestors and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation Speaker: Louise Steinman When Louise Steinman was growing up, her mother could scarcely utter the word “Poland,” a country, she had taught her daughter that allowed and perhaps abetted the genocide that decimated Europe’s Jewish population. But in 2000, at the invitation of her Zen rabbi, Steinman set out to attend an international Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  As she travels to Poland and visits her grandparents’ town of Radomsko, whose eighteen thousand Jews were deported or shot during the Nazi occupation, she gradually learns the history of Polish-Jewish [...]

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Hanukkah party at University Synagogue

December 11, 2016
1:30 pm

University Synagogue, a Jewish congregation, Los Angeles CA

Hanukkah party at University Synagogue. Latkes and showing of the film, “Schmatta: From Rags to Riches to Rags” on 100 years of the garment industry in NYC.  Film showing courtesy of HBO. Veteran filmmaker Mark Levin looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for immigrant labor and unions to its recent decline.  

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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


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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.