Names, Faces, People, Places: The USC Shoah Foundation Institute Comes Alive!


shoah2_logoSkirball Cultural Center
Magnin Auditorium
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.Los Angeles 90049
Monday, March 14, 2011 – 7:30PM

Established in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world: nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries. The Institute is part of the College of Letters,


A special evening with Talmudist, Kabbalist, magician, genealogist & author ARTHUR KURZWEIL

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles  &  the Westside Jewish Community Center present


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February 21, 2011


Weinberg Auditorium

5870 Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles 90036

7:30 PM

Jewish Genealogy

& The Case

of the Honey Bee

Genealogy is not just names and dates on a family tree.


Litvaks v. Galitzianers v. Magyars!

Skirball Cultural Center
Magnin Auditorium
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles 90049
Thursday, January 28, 2010
7:30 PM

Did your ancestors hail from Lithuania, Galicia or Hungary? Would you like to learn more about the Special Interest Groups (SIGS) for these regions? At this presentation you’ll get updates and instruction from David Hoffman, president of the Litvak SIG, Pamela Weisberger, president of Gesher Galicia, and Vivian Kahn, Hungarian SIG coordinator. …


From Shtetl to Tango: The Untold Story of South America’s Jewish Sex Slavery

Speaker:  Gabriela Böhm
“Passages” film screening
University Synagogue – Klein Hall
11960 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 90049
Sunday, December 12, 2010 – 1:00PM to 4:00PM

1:00PM – 2:30PM Presentation:  From Shtetl to Tango

m_RLPolishPassport-300x227Using archival photos and narrative film clips, Gabriela Böhm will discuss the extraordinary story of Raquel Lieberman — one of 30,000 shtetl girls tricked into “fake marriages” and sold by their “husbands” into slavery who was devoured by a prostitution ring after leaving Europe for a better life in Argentina.


Why Did Our Ancestors Leave a Nice Place Like the Pale?

Speaker: Hal Bookbinder
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue
15739 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91436
Sunday, November 14, 2010 – 1:30PM

In 1880 fully 80 percent of our ancestors lived in Poland and the Pale of Jewish Settlement in western Russia. We all know of the pogroms (organized violence) and mass exodus of our ancestors to points west over the next generation. This talk will provide background on the 120 years of the Pale from its formation at the turn of the 19th century to its dissolution during the First World War.


Exclusive Assisted Research Afternoon at the Los Angeles Family History Library

los-angeles-mormon-temple genealogy_binder-150LAFHL
10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sunday, October 10
1:00 – 6:00 PM

You’ve waited a long time for the former LA Regional Family History Library to re-open and now JGSLA members will be among the first people to experience the high-tech reconfiguration of the re-named “Los Angeles Family History Library.”

Experienced JGSLA mentors will help you get the most out of the LDS Library’s resources,


An Evening With Lisa Kudrow of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

the popular NBC genealogy TV series
Magnin Auditorium
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tuesday, September 28
7:30 PM

Lisa Kudrow’s roots date back to the Holocaust, which means her family connections, like many other Eastern European Jews, have been lost. Her father, Lee, has been trying to solve one of their family’s mysteries for almost 60 years. What happened to their family during World War II in Belarus—and what became of a long-lost cousin who survived it?


One Foot in America: The Jewish Immigrants of the Red Star Line

Red-Star_200hbOne-foor-in-america_200hSeen through the eyes of
Eugene Van Mieghem (1875-1930)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Monday, August 2, 2010
7:30 PM

RedStarLine_1_Amerika_500Come learn the story of the mass emigration of Eastern-European Jews from Antwerp to American ports (Philadelphia, New York and Boston) between 1873 and 1934. Of the 2.7 million people that were transported by the Red Star Line,


Sneak Preview: The 30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy


Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue
15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
7:30 PM

Who do you think YOU are?
Are you still wondering where your family came from…
or whose faces are staring out at you in those old photos?
The 30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
6 Days.  300 Lectures.   …


Creating the Morgenthau Exhibition: A Family Historian Confronts the 20th Century


Skirball Cultural Center
Magnin Auditorium
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
7:30 PM


Morgenthau150When esteemed researcher Karen Franklin received a request for information about the Morgenthau family, one of America’s most influential dynasties, she never expected to embark on such a fascinating journey.

MorgenthauCeleb_200Join Franklin as she discusses her experience creating the exhibition,

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