JRI Poland #Poland JGSLA - "From Shtetl to Tango" & Passages - Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 #poland

Pamela Weisberger

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

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 Zwi
Migdal (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

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.

More information on our website: http:www.jgsla.org

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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