Martha Lev-Zion z’l

We just received the sad news from Israel that Martha Lev-Zion passed away this afternoon from lung cancer, much, much too soon. The world of Jewish genealogy has lost a real gem.

SLM

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 | 0 Comments | Uncategorized |

Beginning Genealogy Class

There is a Beginning Genealogy class offered through the OASIS program located in the Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles. The class will run for four Wednesday morning sessions, starting on March 12th and running through April 2nd 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25.00 for the four sessions.

To learn more about the class, go to https://www.oasisnet.org/Cities/West/LosAngelesCA/Classes.aspx put ALGAZE in the “Instructor” box and click on to “search.” You will need to register as a member of the OASIS program in order to sign up for the class; however registration is free. You can register on-line, or by calling them directly at: (310) 446 – 8053.

The first two classes will be held in the OASIS classroom in the Westside Pavilion, 10730 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 (between Westwood Boulevard and Overland Avenue. The second two classes will be held at the Family History Library. If you have any questions, contact me directly at: Algaze3@gmail.com

This post was submitted by Barbara Algaze.

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments | Announcements, Education |

Your password to the Member-Only portal

So that we are all operating on the same page:

Those who renewed their membership on and before December 31, 2013 retain the same password for access to the Members-Only area of the website.

For those who did not renew prior to the start of 2014, your password has been invalidated, and you will be issued a new one when you renew your membership.

Happy New Year to all and may you find new and fascinating genealogical treasures this year!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments | Announcements, Members |

A performance of Sharon Farber’s Bestemming – Cello Concerto No. 1

Our members, Barbara and Larry Nevens send the following alert to a concert that may be of interest to our members…

Here’s a link to get tickets to Sunday’s (Jan. 5) performance of Sharon Farber’s “Bestemming – Cello Concerto No. 1″ inspired by the heroics of actor Curt Lowens, featuring cellist Ruslan Biryukov, narrated by Michael Des Barres, and conducted by Maestro Frank Fetta. I think any seat is going to be a great one. Student tickets are only $1!!! But wait, there’s more!

COMEDIAN EMO PHILIPS NARRATING
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

CONCERTO FOR 2 PIANOS IN C minor, BWV 1062
J.S. BACH
YANA REZNIK, PIANO
RUFUS CHOI, PIANO

WORLD PREMIERE
“CELLO CONCERTO” by SHARON FARBER
RUSLAN BIRYUKOV, CELLO SOLO
NARRATION BY ACTOR MICHAEL DEBARRES

FREE CAKE FROM BILLY’S DELI
FREE PARKING!!!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!

CALL (323) 663-3601 tel:(323) 663-3601(323) 663-3601 TICKETS $15-$100,
$1 STUDENT TICKETS!
group/student/senior discounts
BOX OFFICES:
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FREE PARKING!
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GLENDALE
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to various charitable organizations.

This all came about because of a ‘reunion’ between the young man who saved an American pilot by hiding him in a haystack of a Dutch farm, and the pilots’ future children and grandchildren. The pilot had bailed out of his plane that was shot down, and was moments away from being retrieved by Nazi forces. He would have been summarily executed as a prisoner of war, as was their practice. This reunion was incredibly touching. It was orchestrated during Yom Kippur services at Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills, where Sharon is music director.

Here were two generations that would not have existed save for the heroics of this young Jewish boy whose family fled their home on the night of Kristallnacht. When they finally met and then embraced the man that saved their father/grandfather – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Sharon is a beautiful soul who recognized that this display of humanity, and the potential that it shows in all of us that we are capable of changing the world – can be memorialized and celebrated in a concerto.

Some people are moved to construct memorials, create sculptures, or build edifices that commemorate these types of things. Sharon created music – and for something that has international implications – music seemed to be the perfect tribute. It’s a language that is so difficult to communicate, but that is understandable by everyone.

Hence the concerto, hence the intricate cello passages that Ruslan Biryukov masterfully brings to life, and hence a narration that punctuates each of the 4 movements. Michael Des Barres really brings this to life.

So there you go – it’s a highly spiritual project where diverse people have come together. And to add to that, the man himself will be at the Concerto. Curt Lowens will be there.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments | Uncategorized |

Overdue Condolences

We just learned of the passing earlier this year of our member and the wife of our member and former Board member Mel Sofian, Eileen Berkowitz-Sofian.

We are very sad to learn of Eileen’s passing, and send our continuing condolences to Mel and his family.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 | 0 Comments | Uncategorized |

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