The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe


Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue

15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436

Monday, April 26, 2010
7:30 PM

Hal Bookbinder will trace Eastern European border changes over the past millennium. An ancestral town may have been under the rule of several countries over time. Recognizing what government was in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which our ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found. The speaker’s ancestral town of Dubno is typical of this and is used to demonstrate how understanding these changes over the years can help both in placing our ancestors’ experiences into context and in pursuing our own research.

Hal Bookbinder is a former president of the the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and is current JGSLA board member. He has been researching his family for over 20 years, tracing two lines into the mid-18th century and identifying over 3,000 relatives. He has published numerous articles on Jewish genealogy and contributed to several comprehensive volumes on the subject. In the world beyond genealogy, Hal directs computing for UCLA Healthcare and teaches Information Technology at the university level.

Members free – Guests $5
Traveling Library opens at 7:00 PM
We will serve light refreshments!


E-mail Pamela Weisberger with any questions.