International Jewish Genealogy Month

by: Marcia Hirsch from JGS of Illinois

Learn how Marcia Hirsch came to design the winning poster for 2014 through her story in JGS of Illinois’ Newsletter, Morasha.

Mission Statement: The International Jewish Genealogy Month (IJGM) honors our Jewish ancestors through the pursuit of Jewish family history research.

From 1999 through 2006, Avotaynu, Inc. promoted Jewish Genealogy Month. In 2007, IAJGS took over the promotion of this special month. It is our hope that our member organizations will take advantage of the International Jewish Genealogy Month to promote Jewish genealogy and publicize their organization and its activities all over the world.

The International Jewish Genealogy month is celebrated during the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. For 2014, the civil dates were October 25 to November 22. 

IJGM Poster Competition
IAJGS sponsors and supports IJGM and offers an annual poster contest which promotes the IJGM.
The IJGM Poster submissions are due by June 20th each year.
See the previous winners.

IJGM Committee

The IAJGS board has appointed an International Jewish Genealogy Month Committee.

Chairs: Mark Nicholls and Jeanette Rosenberg (Edgware, Middlesex, UK)


  • Bruno Bloch (Paris, France)
  • Catherine Youngren (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

IJGM Additional Resources

This PowerPoint presentation (including notes) is an introduction to Jewish genealogy. It has been developed for use by IAJGS member societies to promote Jewish genealogy during International Jewish Genealogy Month.

We thank the following people for developing the presentation and for sharing it: Myra Rothenberg and Phyllis Grossman with the assistance from Brad Fanta, Nancy Adelson, and Deb Freedman of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State.

It is also available for download and viewing at Scribd.

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies