Category Archives: Member

New Member: Western North Carolina Jewish Genealogical Society

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the Western North Carolina Jewish Genealogical Society as the newest member of our growing family of IAJGS organizations.  For more information about the Asheville based group, please contact their president, Barbara Weitz (weitzb@fiu.edu) or Vice-President Barbara Newman (newman.barbara49@yahoo.com).

The group’s next meeting will be held Sunday, September 23rd at 4:00 PM at the Asheville JCC (236 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC). Speaker Sharon Fahrer will present “Meeting Your Ancestors”.  Sharon is the owner of History@Handit and specializes in applied history, collecting people’s stories and putting research into usable forms such as interpretive panels, exhibits and books.  Sharon has done extensive work creating an archive on Jewish Life in Western North Carolina at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Most recently she chaired the 37th annual meeting of the Southern Jewish Historical Society in Asheville.

If you are interested in more information on the group or this program, please contact either Barbara at the email address above or see their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Western-North-Carolina-Jewish-Genealogical-Society-1742784945774673/

New Member: Sociedade de Genealogia Judaica do Rio de Janeiro (SGJRJ)

IAJGS welcomes its newest member, Sociedade de Genealogia Judaica do Rio de Janeiro (SGJRJ).

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome Sociedade de Genealogia Judaica do Rio de Janeiro (SGJRJ) as the newest member of our growing family of IAJGS organizations.  For more information about the Brazilian group, please contact their president, Charles Goldenzon at charlesgoldenzon@hotmail.com

The group is still in the process of arranging their meeting schedule but will probably hold their next meeting at the end of September.  In addition, SGJRJ will also be considering projects to index records of all kinds from local Rio de Janeiro sources.  If you are interested in joining the group and/or helping with their local projects, please contact Charles at the email address above.

New Member: Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society as the newest member of our growing family of IAJGS organizations. For more information about the Fort Wayne, Indiana group, please see their website (https://neindianajgs.wordpress.com/) their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NEIndianaJGS/) or contact Betsy Gephart at NEIndianaJGS@gmail.com.

The group’s next meeting will be Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 PM in the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library (900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne). November’s meeting will feature Avrami Groll, JewishGen’s Director. Avrami will give an overview of the JewishGen site including new and underused features and updated databases. Additional meetings have been scheduled, program details to be announced.

New Member: MyHeritage, Ltd.

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome MyHeritage, Ltd. as the first company to become an Associate Member of our growing family of IAJGS organizations.

MyHeritage, one of the world’s preeminent genealogical database and genealogy service companies, is based in Israel, and was founded in 2003 by Gilad Japhet.  As an avid genealogist, Gilad took special care presenting Jewish and Israeli research sources by understanding their difficulties.  Some of the accomplishments that MyHeritage is most proud of are their internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies, its long-time partnership with JewishGen and Beith Hatfutsot to update family trees, digitizing and indexing Israeli cemeteries and Sephardic Converso records from Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean, and the growth and importance of MyHeritage DNA. MyHeritage is user friendly worldwide since they are the only genealogy site available in Hebrew and 40 other languages.  For more information about MyHeritage, please visit their website at http://myheritage.com.

New Member: JGS of Northeast Florida

On behalf of the IAJGS Board and our current membership, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast Florida as the newest member of our growing family of IAJGS organizations.  For more information about the Jacksonville, Florida society, please see their website at https://jgsofneflorida.wordpress.com/ or their Facebook group “Jewish Genealogy Society of Northeast Florida” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1711798505498114/)

The group meets monthly in the Auditorium at River Garden Senior Services, 11401 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, Florida.   Some of the groups’ upcoming meetings will include discussions of the first Jewish families in Jacksonville and the possibility that that some of the early settlers in 1565 St. Augustine were conversos. Additionally, later this summer they plan to screen some documentary films with Jewish genealogy content.

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JGS of Brooklyn New Member

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) welcomes new member, JGS of Brooklyn (JGSOB). The JGSOB is dedicated to encouraging members with all aspects related to the research of Jewish genealogy. One focus the Society is emphasizing is the research of Biblical & Rabbinical ancestry. The Society can advise members regarding the documentation of Holocaust victims. The Society will post unique information from Yiddish and Hebrew web-based resources. The JGSOB publishes the “Yichus” newsletter several times a year. “Yichus” is available at http://www.jgsob.org/newsletter.html. The board members of the JGSOB are: Moishe Miller, President; Daniel Miller, Secretary; Dovid Koschitzki, Treasurer; and Geilean Grant, Member-at-Large. You can learn more about the JGSOB at www.jgsob.org.