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We research and support programs by renowned genealogy experts and offer monthly educational programs to members (free) and non-members ($5). 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 midnight before 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

    • 03/06/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Making the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne Your Research Assistant with an Emphasis on Jewish Genealogical Research

    Date & Time: Wed, Mar 6, 2024 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET

    Location: Zoom

    Program:  Learn how you can use the resources of this national family history repository for free from anywhere in the world while also discovering what research gems are available for those who can come to the Genealogy Center in person.  Fort Wayne, just 3 1/2 hours west of Cleveland, is the designated site of the 2025 IAJGS Conference.  Join us to familiarize yourself with and start using the significant resources of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

    Speaker:  Curt Witcher is the Director of Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library, managing the widely acclaimed Genealogy Center as well as the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research. He is a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. Curt currently serves on the Indiana State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Indiana Historical Society’s publications committee, and the executive committee of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society board of directors as well as an advisor for the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne.

    Curt is distinguished as a fellow of both the Indiana Genealogical Society and the Utah Genealogical Association. Over the decades he led collaborative national efforts to preserve and make more accessible historical data. For those efforts he has received the Federation of Genealogical Societies' Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award and the National Genealogical Society’s P. William Filby Award for outstanding, life-time contributions to genealogical librarianship. Curt’s passion for finding families’ stories and his belief in the power of those stories to change lives has been recognized by numerous organizations, most recently receiving the Indiana Historical Society’s 2019 Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to the field of history.

    Registration:  All participants must register.  Members free.  Non-members $5.  A zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.  Registration ends at midnight on Tuesday, March 5th. 

    A recording of this program will be available in the Member section of our website. For information on membership, click HERE.


    • 03/06/2024
    • 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom


    • 03/10/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122


    Genealogy Discussion Group

    and Coffee Talk


    Join JGSC in-person to kibbutz and discuss your genealogy research. Whether it’s a “how-to” question, a recent discovery, or a brick wall conundrum, you are welcome to share with members and learn from each other. And, you can browse our JGSC genealogy collection now located in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library. Use The Temple’s computers or bring your own laptop. No need to register! We welcome your Old Jewish Cleveland questions and personal stories.

    Who: New and Old Members

    What: Genealogy Discussion Group

    Where: The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood 44122

    When: Second Sunday of the month through June,1:00-2:30 PM

    Dates: March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 9

    Co-Hosts: Jane Rothstein, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Librarian and Archivist and Sylvia Abrams, JGSC Past President

    Questions: jrothstein@ttti.org


    • 03/23/2024
    • 03/24/2024

    Purim

    Begins sunset of Saturday, March 23, 2024
    Ends nightfall of Sunday, March 24, 2024

    • 04/03/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    The Cleveland Jewish News with Editor Bob Jacob


    Date & Time: Wed, Apr 3, 2024 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET


    Location: Zoom

    Program:  TBA

    Speaker:  Bob Jacob, Editor, Cleveland Jewish News

    Registration:  All participants must register.  Members free.  Non-members $5.  A zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.  Registration ends at midnight on Tuesday, April 2nd. 

    A recording of this program will be available in the Member section of our website. For information on membership, click HERE.


    • 04/10/2024
    • 04/13/2024
    • Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870

    Ohio Genealogical Society 

        OGS 2024 Conference

        “ROCKIN’ AROUND YOUR FAMILY TREE”



    April 10-13, 2024

    Kalahari Resort and Convention Center

    7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870


    Programming is presented in the following conference tracks:  military, technology, records, ethnic, methodology, and happy days.  Learn more about the conference and register at  https://www.ogs.org/2024-conference/.


    • 04/14/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122


    Genealogy Discussion Group

    and Coffee Talk


    Join JGSC in-person to kibbutz and discuss your genealogy research. Whether it’s a “how-to” question, a recent discovery, or a brick wall conundrum, you are welcome to share with members and learn from each other. And, you can browse our JGSC genealogy collection now located in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library. Use The Temple’s computers or bring your own laptop. No need to register! We welcome your Old Jewish Cleveland questions and personal stories.

    Who: New and Old Members

    What: Genealogy Discussion Group

    Where: The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood 44122

    When: Second Sunday of the month through June,1:00-2:30 PM

    Dates: April 14, May 12, and June 9

    Co-Hosts: Jane Rothstein, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Librarian and Archivist and Sylvia Abrams, JGSC Past President

    Questions: jrothstein@ttti.org


    • 04/22/2024
    • 04/30/2024

    Passover

    Begins sunset of Monday, April 22, 2024

    Ends nightfall of Tuesday, April 30, 2024


    • 05/01/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Comparing and Choosing Genealogy Software with Chuck Weinstein

    Date Wed, May 1, 7-8:30 pm ET

    Location Zoom


    • 05/06/2024

    Holocaust Remembrance Day / Yom Hashoah

    • 05/12/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122


    Genealogy Discussion Group and Coffee Talk


    Join JGSC in-person to kibbutz and discuss your genealogy research. Whether it’s a “how-to” question, a recent discovery, or a brick wall conundrum, you are welcome to share with members and learn from each other. And, you can browse our JGSC genealogy collection now located in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library. Use The Temple’s computers or bring your own laptop. No need to register! We welcome your Old Jewish Cleveland questions and personal stories.

    Who: New and Old Members

    What: Genealogy Discussion Group

    Where: The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood 44122

    When: Second Sunday of the month through June,1:00-2:30 PM

    Dates: May 12 and June 9

    Co-Hosts: Jane Rothstein, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Librarian and Archivist and Sylvia Abrams, JGSC Past President

    Questions: jrothstein@ttti.org


    • 06/05/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    JewishGen: The Online Home for Jewish Genealogy with Avraham Groll

    Date & Time: Wed, Jun 5, 2024 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET

    Location: Zoom

    Program:  

    Speaker:  Avraham Groll, Executive Director, JewishGen

    Registration:  All participants must register.  Members free.  Non-members $5.  A zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.  Registration ends at midnight on Tuesday, June 4th. 

    A recording of this program will be available in the Member section of our website. For information on membership, click HERE.


    • 06/09/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122


    Genealogy Discussion Group and Coffee Talk


    Join JGSC in-person to kibbutz and discuss your genealogy research. Whether it’s a “how-to” question, a recent discovery, or a brick wall conundrum, you are welcome to share with members and learn from each other. And, you can browse our JGSC genealogy collection now located in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library. Use The Temple’s computers or bring your own laptop. No need to register! We welcome your Old Jewish Cleveland questions and personal stories.

    Who: New and Old Members

    What: Genealogy Discussion Group

    Where: The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood 44122

    When: Sunday, June 9,1:00-2:30 PM

    Co-Hosts: Jane Rothstein, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Librarian and Archivist and Sylvia Abrams, JGSC Past President

    Questions: jrothstein@ttti.org


    • 06/11/2024
    • 06/13/2024

    Shavuot

    Begins sunset of Tuesday, June 11, 2024

    Ends nightfall of Thursday, June 13, 2024

    • 07/14/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Temple-Tifereth Israel Hartzmark Library, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122


    • 08/18/2024
    • 08/22/2024
    • Philadelphia, PA

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    More information available at:  https://iajgs2024.org

    • 08/22/2024
    • 5:00 AM
    • 08/24/2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

    Bus & Research Trip to the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library

    The African-American Genealogy Society - Cleveland, Ohio is planning and making arrangements for this trip to the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library under the direction Dr. Deborah Abbott, a long-time JGS Cleveland member.  The group is inviting local genealogy groups to join them.  More details will be posted here as they become available.  Save the date.

    Curt Witcher, Director of Special Collections and Genealogy Center Manager, will host the group.  Please join us on Wednesday, March 6 for Curt's program on Making the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne Your Research Assistant with an Emphasis on Jewish Genealogical Research.  Register Here.  This zoom program will be a good preview for the bus trip and helpful preparation for the 2025 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)  annual conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    • 09/04/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Old Jewish Cleveland and its Cemeteries with Jeffrey Morris

    Details coming soon...

    • 10/02/2024
    • 10/04/2024

    Rosh Hashanah

    Begins sunset of Wednesday, October 2, 2024

    Ends nightfall of Friday, October 4, 2024


    • 10/11/2024
    • 10/12/2024

    Yom Kippur

    Begins sunset of Friday, October 11, 2024

    Ends nightfall of Saturday, October 12, 2024


    • 10/16/2024
    • 10/23/2024

    Sukkot

    Begins sunset of Wednesday, October 16, 2024

    Ends nightfall of Wednesday, October 23, 2024

    • 12/25/2024
    • 01/02/2025

    Chanukah

    Begins sunset of Wednesday, December 25, 2024

    Ends nightfall of Thursday, January 2, 2025


Past events

02/11/2024 Genealogy Discussion Group and Coffee Talk
02/07/2024 Family Secrets, Memory, and Faith with Heidi B. Neumark
01/27/2024 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
01/16/2024 Last Call: MyHeritage Offer for JGS Cleveland Members Only
01/14/2024 Genealogy Discussion Group and Coffee Talk
01/03/2024 Beyond the Myths: Adventures in Jewish Genealogy with Jennifer Mendelsohn
12/06/2023 Annual Membership and Board of Trustees Meetings: Help Us Kickoff 2024 Membership with a Program and Case Study “DNA Results for the Emerging Genealogist” with Dr. Robin Selinger
11/14/2023 From the Shtetl to Ellis Island: Discovering the Journey with Leah Kaplan
11/01/2023 Researching Jewish Families in America: Focus on Lake Erie Region Resources
10/28/2023 Family History Day at the Cleveland Public Library
10/19/2023 Discover Your Past: Becoming a Genealogical Thinker Instead of a Genealogical Collector
10/12/2023 Cleveland Jewish FilmFest
10/04/2023 Why did our Jewish Ancestors Leave a Great Place Like the Pale? with Hal Bookbinder
09/06/2023 Using FamilySearch for Jewish Research and Cleveland Connections with Todd Knowles
08/20/2023 Summer Cemetery Cleanup
08/09/2023 The ABC's of Vital Records: Birth, Marriage, & Death with Deborah Abbott, PhD
07/30/2023 2023 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
07/12/2023 JGSC Quarterly Board Meeting
07/09/2023 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
07/05/2023 U.S. Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource with Ellen Kowitt
06/18/2023 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
06/09/2023 JGSC 40th Anniversary Program and Open House
05/21/2023 Jewish Federation of Cleveland's Spring Cemetery Cleanup
05/03/2023 Moving Your Family Memories from Nostalgia to History with Samuel Gruber, PhD
04/26/2023 2023 OGS Conference: What Brought Them Here
04/23/2023 NEOGRT Series with Daniel Horowitz (Sunday)
04/22/2023 NEOGRT Series with Daniel Horowitz (Saturday)
04/05/2023 Passover
03/29/2023 JGSC Quarterly Board Meeting
03/02/2023 RootsTech 2023
03/01/2023 Finding and Understanding Bubbe and Zayde’s Galician Vital Records with Mark Halpern
02/08/2023 ICA Art Conservation: Caring for Paintings and Frames
02/01/2023 Gone Girl: DNA and Document Strategies for Finding a VERY Long Lost Female Cousin with Rhoda Miller
01/27/2023 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
01/18/2023 Finding Your Roots: Documenting Family History in the Digital Age
01/04/2023 Researching Criminal Ancestors with Ron Arons
12/18/2022 Chanukah
12/14/2022 DIY HANUKKAH PAPERCUTTING WITH JEANETTE KUVIN OREN
12/14/2022 ICA's Conservation Highlights 2022
12/07/2022 Annual Meeting: Help Us Kickoff our 2023 Membership Drive and Take a Quick Tour of Our Online Home
11/13/2022 Exploring DNA Testing for Genealogy Research
11/09/2022 Caring for Silver
10/12/2022 Tips and Tools to Explore Military History and Make Family Connections
09/07/2022 Secrets, Lies, and Families … Let’s Talk! with Julie Klam and Diane Cole

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