Ellie Kahn: The Importance of Oral Histories


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Date(s) - June 25, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Ellie Kahn

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JGSLA’s next meeting– Live & Zoom

Beth Chayim Chadashim Synagogue

6090 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035 

The entrance to the synagogue is from the alley behind the building.

Ring the buzzer on the parking lot gate.*

There will be informal mentoring at the Schmooze Table at 1:00 p.m. prior to the start of the meeting.
Coffee and tea will be available.

Ellie Kahn, LMFT ~ Living Legacies Family Histories:

The Importance of Oral Histories

Sunday, June 25, 2023   @1:30

    Click here to watch the recorded presentation.

There were no handouts before the program. Afterwards, these 4 items were made available to members

1: A list of questions that students came up with
2:  the written samples from some interviews
3: The article about Ellie Kahn in the Jerusalem Post
4: a gift certificate from Ellie Kahn

Program Description
Details discovered through family interviews facilitate preserving family history, expanding family trees, and creating leads for further genealogical investigation. Too often people say, “We kept meaning to save my parents’ memories and stories, but now it’s too late.” Ellie has interviewed hundreds of older family members to record their stories. She’ll talk about how she guides people to reminisce about their parents’ and grandparents’ lives and challenges, their own personal memories and experiences, values, life lessons, important relationships and inspirations, so that future generations will know about those who came before them.  An oral interview captures and preserves family history and expands the possibilities of genealogical research.
This program will be illustrated by video clips and written projects from interviews Ellie conducted.
Los Angeles based Oral Historian Ellie Kahn created Living Legacies Family Histories in 1988 in order to offer Oral History services to families and organizations. Ellie is both a licensed psychotherapist and journalist and has conducted hundreds of Oral History interviews producing both written and video projects. She was asked by Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Foundation to interview Holocaust Survivors for their international project. In 1996, Ellie was hired by the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California to create an oral history project about the Jewish Community in East Los Angeles, between World Wars I and II. This led to Ellie’s production of the documentary film, “Meet Me at Brooklyn & Soto,” which aired on KCET for 5 years, as well as winning the Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award and a CINE Golden Eagle Award. She has worked with synagogues and private families to preserve their histories through oral interviews. Ellie is a frequent contributor to The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and the Forward. You can reach her through her website at www.livinglegaciesfamilyhistories.com and view videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/LivingLegaciesFilms/videos
JGSLA MEMBERS FREE – $5 FOR GUESTS, ALL ARE WELCOME, please share the ZOOM link with folks you know.

*There is ample free street parking on Sunday on surrounding streets.  Limited handicap parking is available in the rear of the synagogue.  If you need to park in the synagogue parking lot, please let us know RSVP. The entrance to the synagogue is from the alley behind the building. Ring the buzzer on the parking lot gate.