JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSLA - "From Shtetl to Tango" & Passages - Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 #general

Pamela Weisberger

Please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles at our next meeting:

Sunday, December 12 >from 1:00PM - 4:00PM

">from Shtetl to Tango: The Story of South America's Jewish White Slave Trade" & a
screening of the documentary "Passages" with filmmaker,Gabriela Bohm.

University Synagogue 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90049

1:00PM - 2:30PM - Lecture: ">from Shtetl to Tango" - Using archival photos and
narrative film clips, Gabriela Bohm, will discuss the extraordinary story of Raquel
Lieberman, born in Lodz, Poland one of 30,000 shtetl girls tricked into fake
marriages and sold by their "husbands" into slavery. She was devoured by a
prostitution ring after leaving Europe for a better life in Argentina. This work
in progress chronicles Raquel's passage >from naif to defiled to defiant and tells
the true, sad story of the largest Jewish mafia, the ZwiMigdal (originally known as
the "Warsaw Jewish Mutual Aid Society")which operated more than 3,000 international
brothels >from the 1860s until the 1930s.

2:45PM - 4:00PM - "Passages" - Six-months pregnant, a young Jewish woman who grew
up in Argentina searches for family connections. Traveling to Eastern Europe,
Israel and South America, she unlocks family myths and secrets. She encounters
distant family members, studies old photo albums, and speaks candidly with her
mother, slowly piecing together her family's complicated past. She journies to her
father's hometown in Romania where former neighbors recall the day when his family
was sent to Auschwitz. By exposing the consequences of the Holocaust and other
family traumas, she discovers the legacy she will pass on to her child as they make
a life together in the United States.

Gabriela Bohm is an award-winning producer/director of moving documentary films
that explore cultural identity, inspiring people of all faiths with their stories
of resilience. Her latest full-length documentary, "The Longing: The Forgotten
Jews of South America," won a Telly Award for Religion/Spirituality, Best Latino
Film at the Santa Fe Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Long Island Latino
International Film Festival, and Honorable Mention/Documentary at the Orlando
Hispanic Film Festival. Her previous documentary, Passages, won Best Documentary
at the Woodstock Film Festival and the Jury Award at the Tambay Film Festival. A
native of Argentina, she studied art and photography in Israel, prior to coming to
the United States, where she received a BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Tri-cultural, she is a US citizen and speaks fluent English, Spanish and Hebrew.

Members free. Guests are $5. The traveling library will be available starting at
12:30PM. Refreshments will be served.

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Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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