Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


Genealogy Announcements of Interest

Webinars conducted by the JGS of Cleveland

Under normal circumstances, The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland (JGSC) meets monthly and features speakers who focus on different areas of interest to Jewish genealogy. Our monthly Meetings are normally held at either Menorah Park or Park Synagogue East, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change due to constraints such as national or religious holidays, availability of meeting spaces, or speakers' availability. Thirty minutes before each meeting, designated members are available to assist with research issues. Meetings are typically free and open to members, their guests and other interested persons. Unless specifically noted, reservations are not necessary.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we suspended our regular "in person" meetings after the meeting held on March 4, 2020, and replaced the "in person" meetings and programs with "Virtual" meetings and programs conducted as "webinars" each month. Our monthly Virtual meetings / webinars are still typically free and open to the public, subject to the constraints of the virtual meeting system we utilize (ZOOM).  We usually hold the meetings on Wednesday evenings starting at 7:00 pm local time in Cleveland, Ohio (Eastern time zone). In order to conduct the meetings securely, we now require advance reservations by all who wish to attend. To request a reservation, send an email to, with your name,  your full mailing address, and your email address., and specify which session you wish to attend.

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May 2021 Contact: Sandra Golden, Publicity Chair, IAJGS
For release: Upon receipt

IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Set for All-Virtual Conference Aug. 1-5, 2021

The 41st Annual IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be an All-Virtual Conference from August 1–5, 2021.

“Based on the successful full virtual format last year, as well as uncertainty with Covid, we are again moving to an All-Virtual Conference with many exciting interactive components,” said Judi Missel, lead co-chair.

The conference will feature live-stream presentations as well as more than 100 pre-recorded, on-demand video presentations, both available for 60 days after the conference ends. Sessions will cover virtually every aspect of Jewish genealogy.

The special Conference tracks this year are: Early Jewish Settlers of the Americas, Innovative Methodology, Keepers of the Shoah Memory, Beginners Research, DNA Insights for Genealogy, and Heritage and Cultural Materials.

Conference programs will range from those geared to first-timers through conference veterans. Zoom-type networking will be available through Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Birds of a Feather (BOFs).

Early Bird Registration is $250 until June 10. Registration and Conference program details will be posted on the conference website: Ongoing information and questions will also be posted on the IAJGS Conference Discussion Facebook page at

Keynote speaker will be Michael Hoberman, professor of American Literature at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts and author of the books New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America and A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literature.

The IAJGS is an umbrella organization of more than 93 Jewish genealogical societies worldwide. It coordinates and organizes activities such as its annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and provides a unified voice as the spokesperson on behalf of its members. The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective and respected community, enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage. Find the IAJGS at: and like us on Facebook at


Webinars conducted by other organizations

Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL)

The ASCPL has announced two great genealogy programs planned for May.
See the Event Calendar links below for more information and to register for a Zoom link.
Programs are open to the public – no ASCPL card required. logo

Here is information on the next few programs in the "JewishGen Talks" series of educational webinars with Jewish genealogical experts