NEXT MEETING: May 17, 2015 - 2 PM
Topic: "Holly Golightly Was a Nice Jewish Girl: Our Ancestors Reinvented"
Speaker: Pamela Weisberger
Ever wonder if there was more to your family history than meets the eye? Poor immigrants not only shed their old world clothing and shtetl names, but reinvented their personalities, creating new identities and obscuring old ones. Hear the magical tale of two foster-home Bessarabian beauties from the lower east side who became teenage muses to Truman Capote, inspiring one of the world's most iconic literary characters. Follow the Roaring Twenties rags-to-riches saga of their Ziegfeld Follies mother, 15 year-old Rosheen Doree, née Raja Brofman, who might have had an affair with the (Jewish) actor, Lesley Howard. From Khotin to Odessa, Brooklyn to Broadway discover how investigative genealogy and creative methodology helped solve the mystery of the “real” Holly Golightly (and her Jewish roots) 56 years after her creation. Using vital records, oral histories, historical newspapers, court cases, literary and archival resources, with a dose of good old-fashioned gossip, explore the twisted roads our ancestors traveled to establish a new life -- or run out on an old one.
Pamela Weisberger is a professional genealogist, serves as president of Gesher Galicia and as the 1st vice president/program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. She also co-chaired the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Los Angeles in 2010. She created the Galician Archival Records Project, conducts research in Polish, Ukrainian, German, Hungarian and Israeli archives and speaks internationally on many topics. Her areas of expertise are 19th - 20th century directories, newspapers, methodology, court records and cadastral maps. She holds a B.A.. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. from Boston University and lives in Santa Monica, California.
Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan.
Admission: JGS members are free, guests pay $5 at the door
The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at CJH will be open before the meeting at 11:00 a.m. for access to research materials and computers and networking with other researchers.
And at 11:00 a.m., preceding the JGS Meeting:
Gesher Galicia Spring Regional Meeting: Project and website updates from Pamela Weisberger, followed by author Andrew Zalewski discussing "Galician Portraits:In Search of Jewish Roots" and Valerie Schatzker on "Jewish Oil Magnates of Galicia.