Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


What's NEW

 A recording of the October webinar, "Why you should examine original records, and how to find them" and the handout can now be viewed by members. Click Here.

The Autumn 2020 edition of The KOL is now available for download by members.  Click Here.

The September Research Tip can now be downloaded by members.

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

Our Next Virtual program
will be on
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 1:30 pm

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 1:30 pm

Why Cleveland? Finding Answers in the Industrial Removal Office Records
Presented by Renée K. Carl

Co-sponsored by the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University

About The Lecture

Wondering why your immigrant ancestor chose to live in Cleveland instead of Pittsburgh? Little Rock, not Los Angeles? Memphis, not Miami? The answers might lie in the records of the Industrial Removal Office, a scary name for a good organization. The IRO, founded in 1901, assisted immigrants in finding employment and better living conditions, and helped assimilate them into American society. IRO agents, often working in partnership with B’nai B’rith or other Jewish fraternal groups, spread around the USA securing jobs, and then immigrants would be sent to those locations to establish a new life.

Records of the IRO, housed at the American Jewish Historical Society, include ledger books, case files and correspondence, as well as reports by local agents on the newly settled immigrants. Ohio, and specifically Cleveland, played outsized roles in the history of the IRO, and the talk will provide an Ohio-focused angle.

The presentation examines the history of the IRO and its records. The presentation will, using a case study, demonstrate how to use the online index, and how to navigate to find immigrant case files, correspondence, and reports.

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Renee Carl

This program is free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland,
and for members of Siegal Lifelong Learning of CWRU.
It is open to the public for a fee of $5.00.

Registration will be handled by Siegal Lifelong Learning of CWRU.
To Register for the program, Click Here or phone

Future Virtual programs

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Annual Meeting
Board Election

Our Business meeting will start at 7:00 pm, followed at 7:30 pm by our Program.

"Music for the Khasene: Traditional East European Jewish Wedding Music of our ancestors"
Presented by Steven Greenman

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021- 7:00 pm

"Finding Our Kaplans"
Presented by Mindie Kaplan

Wednesday, February 10, 2021- 7:00 pm

"Never Give Up - Strategies for Taking your Research to the Next Level"
Presented by Marion Werle

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Marion Werle

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 7:00 pm

"The View from Pittsburgh”
Presented by Eric Lidji, Rauh Jewish Archives Director, Heinz History Center

Eric will discuss the history of Jewish archiving in Pittsburgh, including recent efforts to document the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018 and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Jewish community.


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