Jewish Genealogy Society
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We research and support programs by renowned genealogy experts and offer free monthly educational programs. We meet on Zoom (and occasionally in-person following COVID regulations) typically on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm ET.  Advance registration is required for all programs and must be posted by noon on the day of the program.  Please contact our Vice President for Programming to discuss speaker opportunities and program ideas.

You can also check out the IAJGS Calendar for a listing of Jewish Genealogy Events.

Upcoming events

    • 12/14/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Zoom
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    December 14, 2022, 10:30 - 11:30 am EST

    ICA-Art Conservation

    staff present


    Our final Zoom meet up of 2022

    Join ICA staff members for a look and lively conversation about some of our favorite projects of 2022. This program will also provide visitors with a virtual tour of our new lab space in the Pivot Center for Art, Dance, and Expression.

    This Zoom Webinar is Free but registration is required

    Contact Holly Witchey for registration information

    at or 216.658.8700 x 202 

    • 12/14/2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Online

    Learn the art of Jewish papercutting with 2022 USPS Hanukkah stamp designer and artist, Jeanette Kuvin Oren! She has created a new, surprise Hanukkah design exclusive to our class, so don't wait to register. This 14th century technique is being brought back to life by artists like Jeanette and provide a spiritual and creative way to decorate your home for Hanukkah! An explanation for what you will need for this event can be found here and The Hanukkiah template will be emailed to you the day before class.  This class costs $21.

    Register Here

    • 12/18/2022
    • 12/26/2022

    Chanukah begins in the evening of Dec 18 and ends in the evening of Dec 26.

    • 01/04/2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom only

    Program: Researching Criminal Ancestors

    Date & Time: January 4, 2023 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    Location: Zoom only

    Details: 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.

    Born in New York, Ron Arons was reared a goodie-two-shoes. Aside from five moving violations, Arons has never been afoul of the law. Ron worked for many years as a marketer at many high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Ashton-Tate, and Sybase, before deciding to work full time on his first book, The Jews of Sing Sing. Ron became interested in understanding his roots after he lost both his parents to cancer 16-18 years ago. In the process of researching his criminal ancestor’s past, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. In 2005 Ron won a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives to continue his research of New York Jewish criminals. In January 2008, Ron appeared on the PBS television series, The Jewish Americans, as the acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York’s Lower East Side. Arons tours the country giving educational and entertaining presentations on Jewish criminals and Jewish genealogy. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

    • 03/02/2023
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    • 03/04/2023
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    • Salt Lake City, UT and online

    Hosted by FamilySearch International, RootsTech welcomes millions of people worldwide to celebrate family at the world’s largest family history conference and year-long learning platform. With thousands of classes, inspiring speakers, meaningful activities, and joyful connections, RootsTech brings the human family together like no other event. In 2023, the conference will offer an in-person event in Salt Lake City, Utah, to complement its virtual experience. RootsTech online will be free in 2023. For those who want to come in person and attend in Salt Lake City, passes are $98 USD. Learn more at

    Register Here

    • 04/26/2023
    • 04/29/2023
    • Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Sandusky, Ohio

    The Ohio Genealogy Society will hold its 2023 Conference, "What Brought Them Here," with national and international speakers presenting sessions for the beginner to the more advanced researcher.  This conference is recognized for being innovative and for embracing diversity among the speakers and sessions.

    See Conference Details

    • 07/30/2023
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    • 08/03/2023
    • (BST)
    • London, England

    The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies regulates the annual conferences on Jewish Genealogy, and the ever-increasing quality of these meetings has proven to be a boon to those researching their Jewish heritage by bringing together those interested in Jewish Genealogy to learn, to research, and most importantly, to share.  Visit the conference website for more information on the 2023 IAJGS Annual Conference scheduled in London, England.

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