342See you Sunday at 10 a.m.!
- Jan 17, 2014Jewish Genealogical Society of SacramentoSunday, January 19, 2014, 10 a.m. in Sacramento -- Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento.Sasha Abramsky -- Stories From My Family: From Siberian Labor Camps to London's Beth DinFreelance journalist Sasha Abramsky will discuss his soon-to-be-published family memoir about his grandfather's life from pre-revolutionary Russia through World War II and the modern era. The book reflects the story of Abramsky's family over four generations, with references going back as far as seven generations.Abramsky's great-grandfather was a rabbi born in Belarus in 1886. Following the Russian Revolution, he was at the forefront of opposition to the Communist government's attempts to repress the Jewish religion and culture. The Soviets closed down the Hebrew magazine he started and soon after, he was arrested and sent to Siberia. He was released after several years due to the intervention of the German government. Rabbi Abramsky immigrated to London , where he was appointed senior dayan of the London Beth Din, a post he held until he retired to Jerusalem in 1951. His funeral, held in Jerusalem in 1976, drew 40,000 mourners.Great-grandson Sasha Abramsky, who currently lives in Sacramento, was born in England, received a degree from Oxford, then moved to New York where he received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in numerous national publications and his most recent book, "The American Way of Poverty," came out in September 2013.Please join us Sunday morning for Sasha's presentation. And if you haven't yet paid your 2014 dues, please bring a check for $25 made out to the JGSS.