25 August 2010

Los Angeles: Lisa Kudrow and more, Sept. 28

Lisa Kudrow, researchers and producers of NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" will speak at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles' meeting on Tuesday, September 28.

The program begins at 7.30pm, at the Magnin Auditorium, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles. Admission: JGSLA members, free; others, $5. Reservations are required for what should be an extremely popular event; email to reserve with your name and number of guests.

Lisa Kudrow's roots date back to the Holocaust, which means her family connections, like many other Eastern European Jews, have been lost. Her father, Dr. Lee Kudrow, has been trying to solve one of their family's mysteries for almost 60 years.

What happened to their family during World War II in Belarus--and what became of a long-lost cousin who survived it? Lisa was on a mission to find out. Her father grew up impoverished in New York and then worked his way up to become a doctor.

Lisa believed by trying to find out what happened to her great-grandmother and distant cousin she could find the answers her father had been searching for - as well as find some of her own.

The WDYTYA episode focusing on her search will be screened. Following that, Lisa and the production staff will discuss the research and filmmaking process, the impetus for making the series, and the perils and pitfalls of researching celebrity family
histories.

Making history come alive through genealogy is one of the hallmarks of WDYTYA, which began on the BBC more than seven years ago.

Bring your questions for a lively, interactive panel discussion following the presentation.

Reservations are required. For more information, visit JGSLA's website.

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