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Researching Your Roots: A One-Day Family History Symposium

co-sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center’s lifelong Learning Department
Sunday, November 20, 2011
9:30AM – 5:00PM
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles 90049


Researching Your Roots: A One-Day Family History Symposium

Curious about who is on your family tree? With the advent of online databases, it’s easier than ever to trace your roots back hundreds of years if you have the right tools.


Assisted Research Day at the L.A. Family History Library

Is your research stuck in a rut?
Do you have brick walls to scale?  The JGSLA can help!
Sunday, October 16 –12:45PM – 6:00PM
Los Angeles Family History Library ~ 10741 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles 90025


Join us for an afternoon of mentor-guided research using the microfilms, books and records at the Library, and enjoy free access to & Knowledgable members will guide you at the computers and in the microfilm room. 


The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe

October 11, 2011 – The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe

Tuesday, October 11 – 7:30PM
  Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave. Torrance 90501

Eastern European borders have changed over the years. An ancestral town may have been under the rule of several countries over the period EasternBloc_BorderChange38-48.svg_-184x300when our relatives resided there. Recognizing what government was in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which they lived,


“The Heavens Are Empty : Exploring the Lost Town of Trochenbrod”


Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) Day

I beg you hold fast to these words of mine.

After this darkness a light will shine

Sunday, May 1, 2011
VIP Tour ~ Library/Archive Research ~ Lecture

Museum of Tolerance

9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
Featured Lecture at 2:30 PM:

with author,


Abram to Zlata: An Introduction to Jewish Given Names

Thursday, April 14 – 7:30PM
Toyota USA Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave. Torrance, CA 90501


Learn why “Mordechai Yehuda” is also “Mortka Leib” is also “Max”. This look at Jewish given names (first names) will focus on practical issues for genealogical research.  Our ancestors each had many different given names and nicknames, in various languages and alphabets – this can make Jewish genealogical research difficult. 


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.

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