Jewish Galicia: Vibrant Past Rediscovered

Event Time
7:30 PM
AJU's Familian Campus

15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel Air, 90077 

Event Details
Andrew Zalewski intertwines genealogical discoveries with a broader historical context, bringing to life the Jewish community of Galicia. The talk is of interest to general audiences interested in Jewish genealogy; the presentation is illustrated by unique archival documents and old maps. Andrew Zalewski, the author of two books on Austrian Galicia (1772–1918), explores the impact of the Habsburg rule on Galician Jews — the laws about marriages, surnames, schools, and military service brought dizzying pace of changes but also controversies. Pious traditionalists and impatient reformers of the Galician Enlightenment, laborers and professionals, as well as dwellers of shetls and cities were all members of a vibrant community there. With Jewish cultural rebels writing biting satires and poetry, passionate arguments about language (Yiddish, German, Hebrew, and Polish), secular education, and loyalties easily erupted. Discover the largest Jewish community in Austro-Hungary, learn stories about personal perseverance, and explore unique records. Presented with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. $5.00 for the community, free for JGSLA Members.
Event Contact
Contact Name
Whizin Center for Continuing Education
Phone Number
(310) 440-1572