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Lisa Cooper – A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

October 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

– Zoom Meeting

JGSGB paid members: Program is free. Members do not need to register.
You can find the Zoom link by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the “What would you like to do” dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program.
This program will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the Members-only Page.

Guests: Click here to pay $5.00 fee to receive the Zoom link

What was life like in the old country? Through the eyes of Lisa Cooper’s grandmother Pearl, we experience family life in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Pearl’s son recorded his mother’s memories, which give a lively sense of life and culture in the Pale of our ancestors.

A Forgotten LandWe have a limited supply of Lisa Cooper’s book, A Forgotten Land, for sale ($20). The book tells the stories of her grandmother’s life in the Pale. To purchase, please click here and you will be directed to a secure link for payment.


Lisa CooperLisa Cooper is a British writer, journalist and artist. While spending a year studying in the Soviet Union, she was able to locate cousins in Kiev (then part of the Soviet Union) using information from an old address book and a family tree. This encounter spurred her interest in family history. Her book A Forgotten Land, which had started out as her masters dissertation in Russisn history, retells her grandmother’s stories of life in the Pale.

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members.


October 25
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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