JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen "The Trotskys, the Bronsteins and the Kievskys" - JGSLA - Sun. Jan 9th Program #general

Pamela Weisberger

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you are invited to the next meeting of the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles for an inspiring true story about life
in the former Soviet Socialist Republic...and the struggles of our ancestors as
seen through the lens of Russian history:

"The Trotskys, the Bronsteins and the Kievskys: A Search for Identity in Russian-
Jewish History" with Boris Kievsky

Monday, January 9, 2012 7:30 PM Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles 90049

Five years ago, in a desire to better understand who he was, Ukrainian-born actor/
filmmaker, Boris Kievsky, began a journey that took him back to the former Soviet
Union and to the history of the Jewish participation in creating the Soviet Union,
in which his grandfather played a role. Starting with the old saying "it's the
Trotskys who make the revolutions, and the Bronsteins who pay the price," and
knowing that his own family did both, through interviews, research and first-hand
observations, he investigated why there were so many Jewish revolutionaries
(Trotskys), what price all of the Russian-Empire Jews (Bronsteins) paid, and where
that leaves us as a people today.

Boris Kievsky was born in Cherkassy, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and came
to the United States at the age of six. An award-winning writer and director, he
earned BFA and Post-Graduate degrees in theatre before moving to New York, where he
performed in, as well as produced and directed several theatrical productions. Upon
moving to Los Angeles, Boris made the switch to film and television. As an actor,
Boris has appeared on numerous TV shows and all levels of film >from shorts to
studio releases, often playing some variation of a Russian mobster, much to his
Jewish mother's dismay.

Program is free to JGSLA members $5 for guests. The JGSLA traveling library
will be available at 7PM.

If you can't attend, but want to watch a short video clip on this program go to our
home page:, where we have complete program information.

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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