Past Meetings

February 26, 2023 🎥
FROM LITHUANIA TO SINGAPORE: A REMARKABLE JOURNEY – A dramatic account of three generations of the Frankel, Clumeck and Elias families’ life in Singapore.

January 29, 2023 🎥
My Journey of Researching, Writing and Self-Publishing My Family’s Jewish Polish Roots

December 18, 2022 🎥
Music and Genealogy: The Music of Our Ancestors and Family Musical Heritage.

November 27, 2022 🎥
Why did our Jewish ancestors leave a great place like the Pale?

October 30, 2022 🎥
A LIVE meeting with E. Randol Schoenberg: Preview his new film: 500 years from Vienna and Prague

September 18, 2022
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

July 31, 2022
The Presence of Their Absence

June 26, 2022 🎥

May 22, 2022 🎥
The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are

April 24, 2022 🎥
A Border Town in Poland, A 20th Century Memoir

March 27, 2022 🎥  
“Litvaks of Northeast Poland: Suwalki-Lomza in the 19th Century”

February 27, 2022 🎥
Zoom meeting with Michael Morgenstern – Using “Forverts” (Jewish Daily Forward) in research

January 30, 2022 🎥
Zoom meeting with Faris Cassell – The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help

December 19, 2021 🎥
ASK THE EXPERTS Zoom program

November 21, 2021 🎥 Researching Argentinian Jewish Families and Jewish Gauchos — Panel of Experts

October 24, 2021 🎥
Zoom meeting with Bob Ourian, M.D. – Persian Jewish Genealogy

August 29, 2021
Zoom meeting with Adam Brown “We All Stood at Sinai: The Genetic Origins and Migrations of the Jewish People.”

July 25, 2021 🎥
Zoom meeting with Susan Igdaloff, M.D. – The Jewish Balkans – Bulgaria and its Jewish Story

June 27, 2021 🎥
Zoom meeting with Susan Igdaloff, M.D. – The Jewish Balkans – Jews of Northern Macedonia

May 23, 2021 🎥
Zoom meeting with Dan A. Oren: Finding Genealogy in the Walls of a Building: The Case of Two Horses in Lublin

April 25, 2021 🎥
Zoom meeting with E. Randol Schoenberg: “The Pros and Cons of Collaborative Genealogy on”

March 21, 2021 🎥
Zoom meeting with Laura Gold – Finding My Roots–Genealogy is More than Names on a Chart

February 28, 2021 🎥
Zoom meeting with Michael Barrie on “How We Got Here: The Barrie Family in America.”

January 31, 2021 🎥
An important Panel Discussion: Restoring Polish Jewish Cemeteries – Linking Preservation to Genealogy

December 8th, 2019
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

November 24th, 2019
Diane Mizrachi Jewish and Israel Studies Librarian/Librarian for Social Sciences

October 27th, 2019
Marion Werle: “O’Canada! Researching Your Canadian Jewish Ancestors”

September 22nd, 2019
Leonard Friedman: “My Father’s Tangled Journey from Galicia to Los Angeles”

August 25th, 2019
Valerie Edwards The Double Life of Szmul Jedwabinski

June 30th, 2019
Melvyn R. Werbach: Sons of the Lion’s Cub

May 19th, 2019
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

April 28th, 2019
Marcy Goldstein: Get the Most out of Archives & Conserve Your Documents

March 24th, 2019
Hal Bookbinder: Practicing Safe Computing

February 17th, 2019
Robinn Magid: Discovering Hidden Treasure in the JRI-Poland Database

January 20th, 2019

December 16th, 2018

November 11th, 2018

October 8th, 2018

September 16th, 2018
Judy Baston:  Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library

August 6-10, 2018
The JGSLA – Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture 
at the  38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Warsaw, Poland

June 3, 2018
Werner Frank: PUSH AND PULL GENEALOGY:  A Methodology for Finding Deeper Roots

April, 2018
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

March, 2018
Hal Bookbinder:  The Rise and Decline of the Catskills

February, 2018
Laura Gold: Identifying Name Changes – No the name was not changed by an immigration officer.

January, 2018
Jan Berlfein Burns: The Summer of 1940, three young Jewish girls

December, 2017

November, 2017
A.J. Jacobs: It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree

October, 2017
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

September, 2017
Ron Arons: Handwriting Analysis for Genealogy

August, 2017
Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist, from Ancestry:  Jewish Resources at

July, 2017
No meeting due to IAJGS Convention in Orlando.

June, 2017
Daniel Horowitz: Jewish Genealogical Resources in Latin America

May, 2017
Werner Frank: The Judenhaus and Gurs Internment: Precursors to the Holocaust:
and a film by Molly Blank; Memory Keepers a visit to Sighet, Romania

April, 2017
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

March, 2017
Finding Vital Records Online–Beyond and Family Search  ⇑

February, 2017
Why Did My Father Know That His Grandfather Had an Uncle Selig? ⇑

January, 2017
Jewish Fraternal Organizations of the early 20th Century ⇑

December, 2016
Hanukkah party University Synagogue & film, “Schmatta: From Rags to Riches to Rags

November 13, 2016
Louise Steinman: The Crooked Mirror: In Search of Nameless Ancestors and Polish-Jewish Reconciliation

October 9, 2016
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library

September 11, 2016
The Knowles Collection;  What Is It and How Do I Use It?

July 10, 2016
Joel Weintraub: “Manifest Destiny”: Names at Ellis Island ⇑

June 6, 2016
Janice M. Sellers:  Bubbie, Who Are You? Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree ⇑

May 2, 2016
Marion Werle:  NEVER GIVE UP: Strategies for Taking your Genealogy Research to the Next Level & Finding the Previously Unfindable

April 10, 2016, Sunday
JGSLA Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library 

March 7, 2016
Megan Lewis; Using the Resources of the US Holocaust Museum in Your Research

February 18, 2016
Ellen Friedland and Curt Fissel:  FLORY’S FLAME:  A Sephardic Treasure

January 11, 2016
Privacy Issues with Online Trees; E. Randol Schoenberg

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January 21,2014
Katka Reszke; RETURN OF THE JEW: Discovering Jewish Roots and the Revival of Jewish Life in Contemporary Poland 

February 20,2014
Gabriela Böhm, producer & director;  RAQUEL: A MARKED WOMAN

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

January 7, 2013
American Jewish Rescuers: The Lehman Family, with Karen Franklin
Location: Wilshire Boulevard Temple

February 11, 2013
Genealogical Adventures in Shtetland, with Lauren Farasati and Randall Babtkis; and Sneak Preview: The USHMM & the ITS Database, with Lisa Zaid
Location: Skirball Center

March 12, 2013
“On the Chocolate Trail” with Rabbi Deborah Prinz
Location: Skirball Center

April 7, 2013
Assisted Research Afternoon at the Los Angeles Family History Library
Location: Los Angeles Family History Center

April 29, 2013
Researching U.S. Immigration and Naturalization, with Hal Bookbinder
Location: Toyota USA Auto Museum

May 13, 2013
Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy, with Pamela Weisberger
Location: Skirball Cultural Center

June 17, 2013
“A Genealogical Journey to Heritage Citizenship: Reclaiming Historical Rights” with Grant Gochin
Location: Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue

July 21, 2013
Five New Things To Try At Ancestry, with Crista Cowan with
Location: University Synagogue

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2012 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

August 26, 2012 ~ 1:30PM – 4:15PM
Paris IAJGS Conference Highlights, “It Takes a Shtetl: Bringing Your Ancestral Towns to Life” with Joel Waters, and Regional Special Interest Group Roundtables

Location: University Synagogue – Klein Hall, Los Angeles

Monday, June 18, 2012 – 7:30 PM
We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
Speaker: Ellen Cassedy (author talk & book signing)
Location: Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, Encino.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 – 1:30-4:30 PM
What is Forensic Genealogy?: CSI Meets Roots
Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD
Location: Wilshire Boulevard Temple, West Los Angeles.

Monday, April 23, 2012 ~ 7:30PM
Jews in the News: Historical Newspaper Research For Genealogists⇑
Speaker: Pamela Weisberger
Location: Toyota Automobile Museum, Torrance

April 1, 2012 – 12:30-6PM
Assisted Research Day at the Family History Library – the day before the 1940 Census is released to the public!
Speaker: Steve Morse, creator of the One-Step Tools
Location: Los Angeles Family History Library, Los Angeles

March 13, 2012 – 7:30PM
“The Pianist of Willesden Lane”
and For the Sake of the Children: Letters Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus, Jr.

Speaker: Joan Adler, Executive Director, Straus Family Historical Society.
Location: Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, West Los Angeles

February 26, 2012
Searching for Rohatyn’s former Jewish Past: Material Culture & the Preservation of Memory
Speaker: Marla Raucher Osborn
Location: Los Angeles Family History Library

February 16, 2012
Jews in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Polish Republics: Discontinuity and Reinvention
Speaker: Konstanty Gebert
Location: Skirball Cultural Center

February 5, 2012
Putting Flesh on the Bones: New & Improved!
Speaker: Ron Arons
Location: Toyota USA Automobile Museum

Monday, January 9, 2012
The Trotskys, the Bronsteins and the Kievskys: A Search for Identity in Russian-Jewish History
Speaker: Boris Kievsky
Location: Skirball Cultural Center

Sunday, January 9, 2011
Wrongful (W)rascals of the West: Researching Jewish Criminals and Black Sheep Relatives
University Synagogue


Monday, February 21, 2011
A Special Evening With Talmudist, Kabbalist, Magician, Genealogist & Author ARTHUR KURZWEIL
Westside Jewish Community Center

Monday, March 14, 2011
Names, Faces, People, Places: The USC Shoah Foundation Institute Comes Alive

Stephen Smith, Director

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Avram to Zlata: An Introduction to Jewish Names
with Warren Blatt

Sunday, May 1, 2011
The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod

Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Memorial Day Special Program
Speaker: author Avrom Bendavid-Val
Museum of Tolerance

Monday, June 13, 2011
Globetrotting Genealogy: Researching Family History in Israel and South America from Your Couch!
Speaker: Daniel Horowitz
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
How Do Family Historians Preserve Memories in a Digital Era?
Congregation Shir Chadash, Lakewood, CA

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe
Speaker: Hal Bookbinder
Toyota Automobile Museum

Sunday, October 16, 2011
Assisted Research Day at the L.A. Family History Library

Sunday, November 20, 2011
Researching Your Roots: A One-Day Family History Symposium
Skirball Cultural Center

Monday, December 12, 2011
One-Step Webpages: A Hodgepodge of Genealogical Gems – Steve Morse
Location: Long Beach JCC – South Bay

Sunday, December 18, 2011
What’s in a Name? Jewish Given Names and Jewish Surnames – Warren Blatt and JGSLA Hannukah Party Celebration!
Location: University Synagogue – West Los Angeles

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Litvaks v. Galitzianers v. Magyars!
Skirball Cultural Center

Monday, February 15, 2010
“The Jewish Body” with Dr. Melvin Konner
Santa Monica Synagogue

Sunday, March 28, 2010
IAJGS Conference Sneak Preview & The Lost World of Trochenbrod
J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live

Monday, April 26, 2010
The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Creating the Morgenthau Exhibition: A Family Historian Confronts the 20th Century
Skirball Cultural Center

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sneak Preview: The 30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Plus: Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
Valley Beth Shalom

Sunday, July 11-16 2010
The 30th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy
L.A. LIVE Convention Center

Monday, August 2, 2010
One Foot in America: The Jewish Immigrants of the Red Star Line
Santa Monica Public Library

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
An Evening With Lisa Kudrow of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Skirball Cultural Center

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Exclusive Assisted Research Afternoon at the Los Angeles Family History Library

Sunday, November 14, 2010
Why Did Our Ancestors Leave a Nice Place Like the Pale?
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue

Sunday, December 12, 2010
From Shtetl to Tango:
The Untold Story of South America’s Jewish Sex Slavery