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Welcome to the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland’s (JGSC) new and updated website.  We are excited to launch this site with new features, better organization, and easier navigation.  Most importantly, this site will serve as a one-stop shop for all our services and administration.  A special thanks to Stewart Hoicowitz and Jeff Morris for researching and documenting our history as we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We are proud of our leadership in Jewish genealogy and appreciate your support for our continued growth and success.  Learn more about JGSC.

Getting to Know: Old Jewish Cleveland

Do you remember family cousin clubs? the Glenville and Kinsman neighborhoods? the Jewish Orphanage? Mt. Sinai Hospital? the Alsbacher Document? Simson Thorman? In the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: Jews and JudaismSean Martin, PhD, JGSC Board member and Associate Curator for Jewish History, Western Reserve Historical Society provides a good starting point for your Cleveland research. 

World Class Programs

JGSC offers free monthly educational programs currently open to members and non-members on a variety of topics applicable to Jewish genealogy and research.  Please check the program listings for time, location and format.  Advance registration is required and must be posted by noon on the day of the program. We hope you will join us.

Next Featured Program:

Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 7-8:30 pm ET on Zoom

Researching Criminal Ancestors

In this presentation, Ron Arons demonstrates how to research black sheep ancestors, those relatives who might be difficult to research for any one of a number of different reasons. Ron talks about using ‘standard’ genealogical records (census, vital records, city directories, etc., but also talks about other specific records available only for those who broke the law or came close to doing so. Specific recommendations will be given regarding the methodology of researching such characters.

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