The IAJGS and the JGSGP

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)
The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) was created in the late 1980s to advance our genealogical avocation, to provide a common voice for issues of significance to its members, and to ensure an annual Jewish Genealogy Conference. Approximately 75 Jewish Genealogical Societies (JGSs) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are members of the IAJGS. Member societies are located in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and Venezuela.  IAJGS is led by an 11-person board of directors elected by the membership. 

Key activities of the IAJGS include:

Presenting the annual Achievement Awards: Lifetime Achievement; Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet, Print, or Electronic Product; Outstanding Programming or Project that Advances the Objectives of Jewish Genealogy; and Outstanding Publication by a Member Organization of IAJGS.

Awarding a monetary grant to institutions to encourage the creation of new resources for Jewish genealogists. This grant honors the late Rabbi Malcolm Stern, who provided unique leadership in the establishment of modern Jewish genealogy.
Maintaining a website with information on IAJGS member societies, legislative alerts, past and future conference information, Chat Room with periodic scheduled Chats for IAJGS Leadership, a link to the IAJGS Cemetery Project that includes a growing catalogue of Jewish cemeteries worldwide,  a calendar of programs being held by our member organizations, and more. 
Issuing  various publications of value to the overall Jewish genealogical community. These include a How to Create a JGS in Your Hometown, a JGS brochure template, a conference manual and the Jewish Genealogical Yearbook.
Ensuring that there is an annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.
Coordinating efforts to ensure continued availability of governmental records worldwide through its Public Records Access Monitoring Committee (PRAMC). 
Maintaining an ongoing agreement with the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles to make its film library available to IAJGS member organizations at no cost. 
Sponsoring Jewish Genealogy Month with a poster competition. 
Enhancing Jewish genealogical professionalism by providing ethical guidance. 
Providing access to non-profit status and to pre-arranged liability insurance for its US-based member organizations.

The IAJGS is a non-profit organization. 

To learn more about the IAJGS, please visit our website at

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGSGP)
The JGSGP was founded in 1979 by a small group of individuals interested in researching their Jewish heritage. Since then, the membership of the society has grown to approximately 250 people. While the majority of the membership resides in the greater Philadelphia area, a considerable number of members are from across the USA, Europe and Israel.

Key activities of the JGSGP include:

The Eighth National Seminar on Jewish Genealogy was held in Philadelphia in 1989, sponsored by JGSGP. Since then, the society has also been an active participant in many local genealogical seminars and workshops.

General Meetings of JGSGP are held on the second Monday of each month, unless there is a Jewish holiday. The Winter meetings (December and February) are usually held on the second Sunday in the afternoon. No meetings are held during January, July and August. The meetings are held at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road (US Route 611 and PA Route 73), Elkins Park, PA 19027 beginning at 7:30 PM. These well attended meetings are usually addressed by outstanding speakers in the field of Jewish Genealogy.

Publications: Chronicles is the quarterly newsletter of JGSGP and has received worldwide acclaim. In 2005, Chronicles was honored with The Outstanding Publication Award, which is presented to an IAJGS member organization in recognition of an outstanding journal, newsletter, or other publication that furthers Jewish genealogical research.

Library: JGSGP has an excellent library which contains many of the more important reference and descriptive works in the field of Jewish Genealogy. Also included in the library is a large selection of pamphlets, the newsletters from other Jewish Genealogical Societies and a large and varied selection of audio tapes of various lectures about specific aspects of Jewish Genealogy. The JGSGP library collection now occupies a dedicated area in the Tuttleman Jewish Public Library on the second floor of the Newman Building at Gratz College, 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027. Ask the Librarian to direct you to the dedicated area for the Genealogical Society Library.

Area Affiliate Groups: A JGSGP Delaware County / Main Line Affiliate meets four times a year at Martins Run Lifecare Community.

Russian Special Interest Group: JGSGP sponsors ancillary group meetings and activities which meet the specific needs of many members. The Russian Special Interest Group is comprised of JGSGP members who wish to research their ancestors who lived in territories once governed by Czarist Russia. Meetings of this group are held four times a year at convenient locations in the Delaware Valley. Often, these meetings are addressed by speakers who discuss the various aspects of researching Jewish ancestors who resided in lands owned by Russia.

Membership: Membership is open to anyone interested in their Jewish roots.

JGSGP is a non-profit organization and is a member Society of the IAJGS.

To learn more about the JGSGP (including meeting schedule and how to join), please visit our website at: