Shtetl Travel Program-JGSLA-March 11th #general

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, please join the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Los Angeles at our next meeting on Sunday, March 11th - 1:00PM - 4:00PM
at University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd. in West Los Angeles:
"Where Once We Walked: Traveling Back in Time"

Four adventurous genealogists discuss recent trips to their ancestral shtetls in
Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, “Galicia” and Poland in multi-media presentations:

Mark Heckman attended a summer 2006 symposium of more than 60 former Czernowitzers
in Ukraine. For hundreds of years there was a large and thriving Jewish population
in Czernowitz (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine), the leading city of North Bukovina and
southern Galicia. Although a large number of Jews survived World War II, most
emigrated to Israel and the West. The "reunion" gave some a chance to find their
old homes and reconnect with a town they left long ago; others got a first-hand
look at a place known only >from family stories. Mark will show pictures and video
from his trip, recounting highlights of the symposium and also visits to towns
including Sadagora, Zastavna, Zaleshchiki, Tluste and Horodenka.

In August 2006, Lois Rosen traveled to Latvia. She was researching the Rozinko
family, and planned to meet family members she had found through her research. She
did not hire a guide, but planned the trip herself, visiting Riga and Daugavpils,
and Pasvalys, Lithuania. She visited the Latvian Archives to meet the researcher
who had conducted her family research and in Daugavpils, she met members of the
Jewish community and visited the restored synagogue and active Jewish Community
Center. She will share the fruits of her labors by displaying the oversized and
artistically illustrated family tree she has proudly created.

In 2006, on her third trip to Ukaine, Karen Roekard spent two weeks doing research
in both the Scientific and the State Historical Archives in Lviv, which once was in
Galicia/Poland. Along with Natalie Dunai, she poured through innumerable books,
files, maps and lists, and she will elaborate on the pleasures, treasures, value
and 'OY!' of archival research. She’ll also share video of her davening and singing
in the Zolkiew shul (upon which the Belzer Chassidim based their synagogue), with
its amazing acoustics, and explain her planned synagogue restoration project.

In May 2005, Andrea Massion traveled with her cousin to Ukraine accompanied by Alex
Dunai, spending four days in the Massion shtel of Ananiev, along with Odessa,
Balta and Uman. She met a cousin for the first time in Kiev and discovered the real
story behind some of her family's best-laid plans when together they go in search
of answers to a few Massion mysteries lurking in Southern Ukraine. A brief overview
of a wonderful ancestral journey.

More details and directions are on our website:

Location: University Synagogue – Klein Hall, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
Refreshments will be served.

Attendande/Parking: Free for JGSLA members, $5 for others. Non-members are invited
to join. Parking is free. The JGSLA Spiszman traveling library of genealogical
books, staffed by our member-volunteers will be available starting at 12:30PM.

Consider joining us for this entertaining and illuminating program!

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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