Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


What's NEW

A Video recording of our April 29 Virtual Meeting is now available for members to view.

A Video recording and a copy of the slide presentation from the May 13 session are now available for members to view.

The May "Tip of the Month" is now available.

At the present time, all programs will be scheduled as virtual meetings. We will post updates if there are any new developments.

Our June Virtual program
will be on
June 3, 2020 - 7:00 pm A Mid 2020 Review

Betty Franklin has been busy making enhancements to its website. The goal is to have as many items free and available online as possible. In addition there are learning centers, community groups, activities to involve the whole family and new ways to add sources to Family Tree or to merge individuals. We will discuss the changes and some of the upcoming changes to

This program will be free and open to the public, but space may be limited.

Preregistration is required, and must be requested by 6:00 pm on June 3rd.

To preregister, send an email message with your Name, Email address, current location, and Zip Code, by clicking here:

After you register, you will receive an email reply acknowledging your message, then, in the days leading up to the meeting, you will get a message with a link and password to allow you to join the meeting.

On the afternoon of the meeting (June 3rd), each registrant will get a reminder message confirming the details for joining the meeting.  Shortly before 7:00 pm, you should click on the link provided, follow the prompts and enter the password to join the meeting.

IIf you have any problems registering for the program, please contact:

We will be using the Zoom app, so you may watch, listen and participate from the comfort of your own home.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, download the zoom client which is available here:

It is recommended that you test your computer prior to attending the session here:

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Our July Virtual program
will be on
July 8, 2020 - 7:00 pm

The Problem of “Grave” Errors in our Cemeteries

Rabbi Akiva Feinstein

The use of words, names and phrases on Jewish headstones is an ancient way of remembering a soul when they can no longer speak for themselves. Jewish custom is rich with traditions, insights and guidance on how to write these expressions. This presentation will review the common expressions, naming conventions, calculation of dates and certain other aspects while focusing on the need for accuracy and completeness. Our speaker, who worked as a chaplain for many years, will share his concerns and offer possible solutions to preserve this beautiful tradition for those unfamiliar with Hebrew names and conventions. Many examples will be cited to highlight important laws and customs. One does not need to have a strong Hebrew background to benefit from this presentation and learn how to decipher Hebrew names and dates on headstones.

This program will be free and open to the public, but space may be limited.

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 Future Meeting Schedule
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 7:00 pm A Mid 2020 Review
Betty Franklin

The balance of our schedule, as shown below, is tentative only
All sessions will be held as virtual meetings via ZOOM until further notice.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:00 pm Problem with "Grave" Errors in our Cemeteries
Rabbi Akiva Feinstein
Wednesday, August 5,  2020 - 7:00 pm The Ethical and Legal Implications of DNA Testing
Dr. Aaron Goldenberg
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 7:00 pm To be Announced
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:00 pm Why you should examine original records, and how to find them
Russ Maurer
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 1:30 pm Title to be Announced
Renee Carl
Co-sponsored by Siegel Lifelong Learning of CWRU
Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 1:30 pm Annual Meeting
Board Election
"Brick Wall" session with a Panel of Experts

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