David Laskin: From Family History to History: Bridging the Gap Using Genealogy JGSCV Speaker

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim, on Monday, October 6, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM  at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

NOTE: Please note the different day of week and time for this meeting.

JGSCV’s 9th Anniversary!  Come Celebrate with us!  Light refreshments will be served.

The Topic:  From Family History to History:  Bridging the Gap Using Genealogy

David Laskin, the author of, THE FAMILY, A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century will focus on how he researched and wrote his book and used his family stories to embody the major currents of 20th century Jewish history, starting with his great-great grandfather divided into three branches at the turn of the last century: THE FAMILY is one family’s story, but it is also a universally appealing account of the enduring love between parents and children, of faith and wartime, of innovation and astounding resilience.  At the book’s heart is the story of three extraordinary archetypal women: Sonia, the Pioneer in the Promised Land; Ida, the Tycoon in New York; and Doba, the Mother who remained  in Lithuania and endured the onslaught of the Holocaust. Laskin will address particular genealogical issues that he encountered in the course of research and writing, including archival research in the US, Israel and Eastern Europe. Book signing and purchase event following the program. Books are $17.00.

Speaker: DAVID LASKIN is an award-winning bestselling author for nonfiction, including the 2014 Spertus Institute Jewish Institute for Learning and Leadership’s One Book One Community Program for The Family. He is the author of several other award-winning books of nonfiction and also writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. THE FAMILY was chosen as Amazon Best Book of the Month and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

The Schmoozing Corner which is held starting 6:40 PM will be facilitated by JGSCV founding member  Werner Frank. The Schmoozing Corner is available if you would like individual insights for your genealogical pursuits from an experienced JGSCV member 20 minutes before each meeting.

5-Minute Genealogical Hint:  Werner Frank: How Stolpersteine are Providing Genealogical Data. (Stolpersteine = The stone recognizes a specific victim of the Holocaust by implanting on the pavement in front of the home once occupied by the victim.)

Our traveling library will be available starting at 6:30 PM. To see which books are in our traveling library see our website under library- traveling (www.jgscv.org).   
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.  There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV.

2015 Membership Drive: We have started our 2015 membership drive-- annual dues paid now are good through December 2015. Dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Forms are available at the meeting, on the JGSCV website—under Membership- and in the JGSCV newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past.

Directions: Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd ) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive . You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.

For more information, please see the JGSCV website:  www.jgscv.orghttp://www.jgscv.org

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!


Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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