Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland



It is time to join or renew memberships.  See the notice at the bottom of this page.

The Winter 2019 Edition of the KOL is now available.

The January Research Tip of the Month is now available.

Our February meeting will be held on
February 9, 2020
starting at 1:30 PM
at Park Synagogue East
Men's Club Board Room
27500 Shaker Blvd
Pepper Pike

Reflections on 2019 Katz Family Reunion:
Lessons Learned
the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD
Reunion Organizer

What was I thinking? There hadn’t been an official Katz family reunion since 1905, and I hadn’t lived in Cleveland for years. The IAJGS annual conference was announced for Cleveland and I was inspired. Would there be any interest in a larger family group meeting around the conference and how could we connect with the WRHS Research Library that held our Katz archive? It was January 6, 2019 and the conference started on July 28. Clearly, there was much work to be done but not an impossible task. The larger question, of course, and one that we all need to ask as modern genealogists is: Why plan a family reunion? Is there any value in bringing our past to our future and at what costs? Please join us to learn about one family’s reunion journey and bring your questions for honest conversation about “how-to’s,” next steps and lessons learned.


Please Note that the March meeting will be on a Wednesday evening and will be held at Menorah Park, due to a scheduling conflict.

 Future Meeting Schedule
for details, click here

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 1:30 pm Park Synagogue East
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, August 5,  2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 7:30 pm Menorah Park
Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 1:30 pm Park Synagogue East

Membership Renewal

The Annual Dues for our Society are due and payable in January for each calendar year. If you have not paid your 2020 dues by the end of February,  your access to the files and web pages under the "Member Resources" tab on our website will be suspended.

To join the society, please see the instructions here.

To renew online, using PayPal, select your membership level in the box below, click on the button, and follow the instructions from PayPal. You do not need an account with PayPal, and can pay by using a credit card or by a withdrawal from a bank account.

To pay by check, send your payment to:

Noreen Goldstein, Treasurer
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
27100 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122

An annual single membership is $25; an annual family membership is $35;
and an annual single or family sustaining membership is $60.

If your information has changed, please submit a copy of our membership form with your payment. You can find a membership form on our website at


Donations are welcome. We are an I.R.S. 501(c)(3) organization,
so your gifts may be deductible for income tax purposes.
Donations may be made utilizing PayPal. Just click on the button. (FEIN: 34-1648203)

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