Lauder Foundation Genealogy Project #rabbinic

jan meisels allen <janmallen@...>

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) marks its
25th anniversary this year. We will be celebrating our anniversary
with special events through out the year. Our first special event
is our May 17th meeting, starting 7:30 p.m. The special anniversary
lecture will feature Yale J. Reisner, founder and director,
Genealogy Project, Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, Jewish Historical
Institute, Warsaw, Poland. We hope if you are in the greater Los
Angeles area you will join us and attend this special event!

Yale Reisner hold degrees in East Central European Studies from
Columbia College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and
has studied at Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary,
Villanova University and the YIVO Institute and the U.S. National
Archives. He has worked in libraries and archives in the U.S.,
Russia, Lithuania and Poland. He helped organize the first European
Judaica Archives Conference in Postdam in 1999 and took part in a
panel on European Jewish archives at the "Future of Jewish Heritage
in Europe" conference in Prague in April 2004. He has lectured and
published articles in the USA, Canada, France and Poland.

Mr. Reisner will discuss how the Lauder Genealogy Project has
assisted individuals and families in uncovering their family
histories. He will describe the work of the Lauder Foundation and
a network of institutions that are discovering protecting, and
restoring Jewish elements to eastern Europe's historical and
cultural landscape. This recovery process is sure to benefit Jewish
genealogists Each week, the Lauder Genealogy Project meets "new"
Jews--individuals who have decided to explore their Jewish roots.
These are often "hidden children" who were placed in convents,
orphanages, or with Catholic families to save their lives during
the Holocaust. Their stories of discovery and reunion are truly

The Lauder Foundation was established by Ambassador Ronald Lauder in
1987. Today, the Foundation supports a network of 27 Jewish schools
and kindergartens in sixteen eastern European countries, as well as
roughly fifty other projects, including summer and winter camps,
publications, youth and adult education programs, historical
preservation projects and two genealogy research projects in Poland
and Germany.

The Jewish Historical Institute (JHI) of Poland was established in
Warsaw in 1947. It includes a historical research institute, a
museum, a library and reading room, archives on the history of
Polish Jewry >from 1700 to the present day, and a number of
specialized departments (Historical Sites, Righteous of the Nations,
Holocaust Claims, etc.). Among its holdings are the communal
archives of Cracow and Breslau, the underground archives of the
Warsaw Ghetto, a collection of some 7,000 Holocaust testimonies and
over 300 diaries, as well as unique manuscript collections.

Meeting Fee/Reservations: There is a $5.00 per person fee for JGSLA
members and guests, payable by check or cash at the door.
Non-members are welcome. Reservations are recommended: call our
voice mail at 818-771-5554 or e-mail
and leave your name and number of people in your party

Time/Date: May 17, 2004 7:30 p.m.

Location: Skirball Cultural Center Magnin Auditorium 2701 N
Sepulveda Blvd.

Directions: Exit the San Diego Fwy at Skirball Center Drive. Right
onto Sepulveda Blvd. and right again into the Skirball Parking Lot,
opposite the Center entrance, or turn left on Herscher Drive, north
of the Center to the underground parking lot

For more information on JGSLA including our outstanding 2004
Programs visit our website:

Jan Meisels Allen
JGSLA VP Programs
Agoura Hills, CA

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