JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from September through June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. Our meeting location, since September 2013, is the LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 (in Factoria, just off I-90 and I-405). Occasional meetings will be held at the JCC on Mercer Island. Admission is free.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, October 13, 2014
at the LDS Factoria Building

Presentation starts promptly at 7:30 PM.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Come early to use the Family History Library, free databases, and our extensive JGSWS library!

Visit David Laskin ’s website at to purchase his book and bring it with you for a signature by the author himself!

"From History to Family History," presented by bestselling author David Laskin


In his most recent book, The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century, David Laskin unfolds a sweeping epic that spans the three great upheavals that affected Jews in the twentieth century: immigration, two world wars, and the founding of Israel. Starting from Torah scribe Shimon Dov HaKohen, Laskin traces over 150 years of Jewish and world history as one family (named HaKohen, Kaganovich and Cohen on three different continents) is made and broken by the crises of our time. At the center of this stirring book are three archetypal women: The Pioneer, The Tycoon, and The Mother. Through tracing the roots of his own family we see Zionist pioneers and the first rumblings of the Palestine/Israel conflict that persists today. We see the spirited and brilliant Ida Rosenthal emigrate from Russia and watch as she grows a dressmaking shop run out of her New Jersey home into the iconic American brand Maidenform® that took Manhattan, and the world, by storm. And through heartrending letters exchanged by relatives in New York, a collective farm near Tel Aviv, and Eastern Europe, we experience World War II and the Holocaust, in the course of which an entire branch of Laskin’s family tree disappears. Come join us and hear about this incredible saga of a Jewish family!



David Laskin is the bestselling author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. He is the author of several other 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 was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Laskin and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle.

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