JGSLA Sunday, December 8 - Klezmer Music & Ships of Our Ancestors Post-Hanukkah Latke-Fest #general

Pamela Weisberger

Dear Angelenogenealogists:

Have you gotten your fill of latkes and turkey yet? If not, come join
the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles for our annual (post)
Hanukkah Party, complete with mini-Klezmer concert:

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:30PM
University Synagogue - Klein Hall
11960 Sunset Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA 90049

"Ships of our Ancestors" presentation by Hal Bookbinder, followed by
an accordion performance of the music our ancestors listened - or
listed - to while enduring the turbulent crossing in steerage, by the
founder of the Ellis Island Klezmer Band, Barry Fisher, after which
there will an opportunity for a klezmer Q & A. (Everything you always
wanted to know about klezmer music, but were afraid to ask.)


During the active years of Ellis Island, 83,000 ship arrivals were
recorded. Between 1880-1914 about 2 million Jewish immigrants arrived
from Europe, most passing through Ellis Island. Until air travel,
immigrants arrived by sea, first on sailing ships and after the
mid-19th Century, on steamships. This presentation focuses on ships,
discussing the shift >from sail to steam and the governmental
regulations which made ship travel safer and more civilized. Hal will
address our ancestors getting to the port of embarkation, being
processed for passage, life aboard the vessel and experiences on Ellis

A former president of JGSLA and IAJGS, Hal Bookbinder chairs the
JewishGen Board of Governors Strategic Planning Committee. He has
served in a leadership role for 8 IAJGS conferences and will co-chair
the 2014 conference in Salt Lake City. Hal has published articles on
research techniques, Jewish history, border changes and safe computing
and has lectured at most recent conferences. In 2010, he was honored
with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Founded in the 1970's, the Ellis Island Band is Los Angeles' oldest
and most internationally renowned klezmer band. Among many
international engagements, it has played everywhere >from Nashville's
Opryland to Poland's Krakow Jewish Festival, to a film star's
storybook wedding in a villa in Umbria, Italy. The EIB has been
featured in television and films, including Meyer Lansky's wedding
scene in Universal Pictures's Mobster. Ellis Island's John Anson Ford
Amphitheater concert for Yiddishkayt L.A. of the "Mexican Revolution,
Pancho Villa and the Jews," was a product of extensive historical and
musical research. Its concert of at L.A.'s Skirball Klez/Rom "Hot
Wedding Music" with Romani musicians and singers performing the
related wedding music of both ethnicities, was given an excellent
review in the Los Angeles Times. Founder Barry Fisher is the


The JGSLA Traveling Library will be available starting at 1:00PM
Program starts promptly at 1:30PM
Break for Latkes, applesauce, sufganiyot and socializing at 2:45PM
Klezmer Music Mini-Concert & Q & A at 3:00PM
Traveling library available until 4:00PM

JGSLA members free, all guest welcomed for a $5.00 fee. Hannukah
delicacies will be served.


Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA

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