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Oct

Book Review: ‘Tropical Zion: General Trujillo, FDR, and the Jews of Sosúa’ by Allen Wells

by Abraham Hoffman

JGSLA - Book review - Tropical Zion
TROPICAL ZION: GENERAL TRUJILLO, FDR, AND THE JEWS OF SOSUA
by Allen Wells
Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
448 p. Map, Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography, Index.
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At first inspection this book might seem to be a major examination of a minor event. After all, fewer than a thousand German and Austrian Jews were rescued in General Rafael Trujillo’s scheme to bring Jewish refugees to the Dominican Republic.

16
Sep

Book Review: ‘Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews’ by David M. Gitlitz

by Abraham Hoffman

JGSLA - Book Review - Secrecy and Deceit
SECRECY AND DECEIT: THE RELIGION OF THE CRYPTO-JEWS
by David M. Gitlitz
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1996.
677 pp. Notes, Appendix, Works Cited, Index.
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This book provides a masterful study of how Jews in Spain, Portugal, and their Western Hemisphere colonies attempted to preserve their religion and heritage against the persecutions of the Inquisition and the Catholic Church.

15
Sep

Book Review: ‘The Death of the Shtetl’ by Yehuda Bauer

by Abraham Hoffman

JGSLA - Book review - The Death of the Shtetl
THE DEATH OF THE SHTETL
by Yehuda Bauer
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
208 pp. Maps, Notes, Works Cited, Index.
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Yehuda Bauer, a renowned historian and author of My Brother’s Keeper, Rethinking the Holocaust, and many other books, has written a book that focuses tightly on nine shtetlach in the kresy, the marshes of eastern Poland,

26
Aug

AN AFTERNOON FOCUSING ON INTERNATIONAL JEWISH GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

Sunday, August 26, 2012 ~ 1:30PM – 4:15PM

University Synagogue – Klein Hall
11960 Sunset Blvd. W. Los Angeles 90049

  • Paris IAJGS Conference Highlights
  • “It Takes a Shtetl: Bringing Your Ancestral Towns to Life” with Joel Waters
  • Regional Special Interest Group Roundtables
  • (and the JGSLA Traveling Library will be available starting at 1:00PM)

1:30 – 2:00PM – Paris IAJGS Conference Highlights
Brief summaries of the most outstanding IAJGS 2012 Conference programs and lectures.

8
Jun

WE ARE HERE: A LITHUANIAN ENCOUNTER with Ellen Cassedy

Monday, June 18, 2012 – 7:30PM

Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue
15739 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436

jgsla_meeting_we-are-here-book-228x350Ellen Cassedy set off into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to study Yiddish and connect with her Jewish forebears. But once there, old certainties began to dissolve, and what had begun as a personal journey of return soon expanded into a larger quest. The result was her new book,

6
May

WHAT IS FORENSIC GENEALOGY?

Sunday, May 6, 2012 – 2:00PM

Wilshire Boulevard Temple – Irmas Campus
11661 Olympic Blvd. West Los Angeles, CA 90064

jgsla_forensic_genealogyForensic scientists and genealogists share the same goal–to find out who was who, and who did what and when. In explaining how to analyze photographs, to mine databases, and to use DNA analysis to reveal family history, Forensic Genealogy emphasizes the creative parts of an investigation over the mechanics.

24
Apr

Jews in the News: Historical Newspaper Research For Genealogists Pamela Weisberger

Monday, April 23, 2012 ~ 7:30PM
Newspaper links__Jews in the News Handout

Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave.

Torrance, CA 90501

 

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Some of the most exciting resources for genealogists are the online databases and microfilms of old newspapers and journals. From the scanned and digitized New York Times, Los Angeles Times,

17
Apr

Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library – the day before the 1940 Census is released to the public!

UPDATE, APRIL 16, 2012: Here are the handouts that were provided at this meeting:

1940_census_poster-105x150Dear JGSLA Members:

You won’t want to miss our next half-day program at the Los Angeles Family History Center so mark your calendars now!  After a 72 year wait the 1940 U.S.

14
Mar

“The Pianist of Willesden Lane” and For the Sake of the Children: Letters Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus, Jr.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 ~ 7:30PM

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus 
11661 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90064

Mona Golabek, celebrated American pianist and author, will offer a brief preview of the upcoming world premiere of her one woman show, “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” This is the true story of pianist Lisa Jura, who traveled to London through the Kindertransport to escape Nazi persecution on the eve of WWII.

27
Feb

Searching for Rohatyn’s former Jewish Past: Material Culture & the Preservation of Memory Speaker: Marla Raucher Osborn

Sunday, February 26, 2012 ~ 2:00PM – 3:30PM

Los Angeles Family History Library
10471 Santa Monica Blvd. West Los Angeles, CA 90025

More than 65 years after the end of WWII, the physical artifacts of the once-flourishing Jewish community in the Galician town of Rohatyn (Galicia/Poland/Ukraine) can still be found: in the abandoned headstone fragments remaining around town today, ripped by the Nazis out of the Jewish cemeteries and used to pave roads and sidewalks;

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