Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Genealogical Adventures in Shtetland - JGSLA Monday, Feb. 11 - "To Heller and Back" & "The Originals" plus USHMM-ITS database L.A. preview #galicia

Pamela Weisberger

Curious about warp-speed research, vanished worlds, and genealogical
tourism? Then join us at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Los Angeles:

"Genealogical Adventures in Shtetland"

Monday, February 11, 2013, 7:30 PM
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles 90049

Part 1: "To Heller and Back: >from home office to Grandpa's home in
five crazy weeks"

Lauren Farasati had never dabbled in genealogy until last August when
she cleaned a closet and found a treasure. That treasure sparked her
curiosity and launched her into a whirlwind of research, new friends,
new family and the trip beyond her wildest expectations. Within five
weeks of discovering that treasure and the clues it contained, she was
standing in front of her grandfather's ancestral home in the town of
Bukaczowce, Ukraine, formerly Galicia. In her presentation, she'll
share her approach to warp-speed family research, planning a genealogy
trip and enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.

Part 2: "The Originals: A Story of Origins"

Author Randall Babtkis began writing a novel about his father, a Los
Angeles automobile mechanic said to be in possession of an "original"
mind. When an excerpt >from this work won a small prize, he seized the
moment and found himself boarding an airplane after 10 years of
"flight abstinence." He traveled to shtetl villages his ancestors fled
along the endless belt of grassland, which today makes up Ukraine. At
least two strands of his "tribe" vacated that familial realm -- what
was then known as Galicia -- at the end of the 19th century. One strand
would emerge as Hollywood moguls, the other, esoterics, authentic
Landsmanshaftn of a world gone by.

Plus: Sneak Preview: "The USHMM & the ITS Database at the Skirball"
with Lisa Zaid, USHMM Special Projects Manager

The ITS (International Tracing Service) Central Names Index is coming
to Los Angeles for one day only! Lisa will discuss the Musuem's 20th
anniversary national tour. There will be a free, daylong public event
at the Skirball Cultural Center on February 17, 2013. Guests will have
the opportunity to participate in a special tribute honoring Holocaust
survivors and World War II veterans with the U.S. Army Honor Guard,
discuss profound questions about the Holocaust with distinguished
panelists, view rarely seen archival films and learn about the fascinating
stories behind artifacts in our collections, conduct family research in the
ITS International Tracing Service Archives (archives which have never
before been available in the United States outside of the Museum), meet
one-on-one with curators to discuss or donate family collections, watch
the one-man theatrical performance "Time Capsule in a Milkcan" about
Jewish cultural life and identity in the Warsaw ghetto. The USHMM Feb. 17
event is free and open to the public of all ages but advanced registration
is required. To attend, guests should register online at Free transportation may be available
for Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans. Please contact Lisa Zaid at (You can register in person on February 11 at our

Our speakers:

Lauren Heller Farasati is a practice management coach to financial
advisors and wealth managers. Her focus is on designing, recruiting and
developing world-class teams for her clients.

Randall Babtkis is a poet, author and teaches literature and writing
courses in a graduate Master of Fine Arts program at the California
Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Lisa Zaid is Special Projects Manager of the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum and based in Los Angeles. She previously worked in the
Museum's Washington, DC headquarters at the Center for Advanced
Holocaust Studies where she engaged in a broad range of research
related projects. Lisa was also part of the research team assembled by
the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to help
substantiate Holocaust survivors' claims for compensation. A graduate
of Scripps College, Lisa is the granddaughter of four Holocaust

This program requires no reservations, is free to JGSLA members, and
guests are $5.00. Our traveling library will be available at 7:00 PM.
Plenty of free parking.

More info can be found here:

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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