Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


What's NEW

The May Research Tip is now available for download by members. Click Here.

NEW: A Recording of the May webinar, "The World in Crisis: Jews, Ukrainians, and History" which was Presented by Dr. Sean Martin is now available for viewing by members, along with a handout, a copy of the slides, and a copy of the Chat Log which can be downloaded. Click Here.

The 2022 edition of our Membership Directory is available for download by members.  Please download a copy, and check your entry to verify the information is correct and complete.
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Our Next Virtual meeting and webinar
will be on
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - starting at 7:00 pm (EST)


Wednesday, June 1, 2022
7:00 pm EDT
Meeting and Webinar

"Give Us Our Name: Genealogy and American Jewish Religion"
Presented by Rachel B. Gross

In researching their family histories, many American Jewish genealogists engage in an emotional experience that intimately connects them to specific stories of immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States. In her book Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, Rachel B. Gross finds that, for some Jewish genealogists, pursuing this family history can become a form of religious practice. Through their research and commemorative activities, Jewish genealogists ask and answer powerful questions about who they are and about their place in the world—the very work of religion.

Rachek B. Gross


To register for this program:

  • JGSC Members: Please click on the following link:
  • JGSC Non-members: Please click on the following link: and
    provide your full name, email address, and complete mailing address.

Requests must be submitted by noon on the day of the program.

Click here for more information.


Future programs

Programs through the rest of 2022 are currently scheduled to be conducted on Zoom and will be available at no cost to non-members, but space is limited.
Priority will be given to members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.
Advance Registration will be required and requests must be submitted by noon on the day of the program.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022
7:00 pm EDT
Meeting and Webinar

"Patronymic Naming and Cemetery Research - Their Importance in Jewish Genealogy"
Presented by Nolan Altman

Headstone inscriptions provide one of the most important tools for those researching their Jewish genealogical history, patronymic naming. This presentation will familiarize the attendees with the evolution of family surnames and the practice of patronymic naming. Recognizing the components of patronymic naming, participants will learn how to take advantage of these clues to link their family through generations. I will go through an actual case study using headstone inscriptions and will show participants online resources to help find headstone information worldwide.

Nolan Altman

The next part of the presentation will show examples of headstones and what you’ll find if you take a trip to the cemetery. INolan will explain the meaning of symbols that you will find on stones. Even if you can’t read Hebrew, He will explain how you can understand the inscriptions. He will also show many examples of inscription trends, some odd inscriptions, and errors in inscriptions…even well-known ones. With a presentation on cemetery records, you wouldn’t expect to leave laughing, but I guarantee you will.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
7:00 pm EDT
To Be Announced

IAJGS2022 logo

Sunday, August 21, 2022 through Thursday, August 25, 2022
42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

This year's conference will again be held virtually.

For information about the conference, visit the conference website at IAJGS2022.ORG

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
7:00 pm EDT
To Be Announced

Wednesday, October 4, 2022
7:00 pm EDT
To Be Announced

November, 2022
Date, Time, and Program To Be Announced

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
7:00 pm EDT
Annual Meeting
Program To Be Announced



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