The Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo typically meets monthly. Please contact us at JewishGenBuffalo (at) to receive notices of upcoming meetings and events.

Upcoming events:

March 6 and 13, 2016: Hadassah Workshop. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo will beholding a workshop for Hadassah members on getting started with genealogy.:


April 17, 2016: Visit of Henry Wellisch:

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo (JGSB) in conjunction with the Holocaust Resource Center is delighted to announce that renowned speaker, Henry Wellisch will be coming to speak at Temple Beth Zion’s Broder Building, 700 Sweethome Road, Amherst, NY on Sunday, April 17th at 2:00 PM. His presentation will be “Henry’s Escape from Europe in 1940.”
Heinrich (now Henry) Wellisch was born in Vienna in1922. Following the German invasion of Austria in 1939, the Wellisch’s were unable to leave after the severe restrictions placed on Jews were enacted. Threatened with deportation, his family joined the last "illegal" transports to Palestine. The British would not allow the passengers to enter Palestine. Henry was interned on the island nation of Mauritius, west of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean.

Henry's story is one of narrow escape and valor. Despite the danger, Henry joined the British forces in the Jewish Brigade and returned to Europe to assist trapped Jews to flee the Nazis. After the War, Henry fought with the Israeli Army in the War of Independence.

Since 1951, he has lived in Canada, employed as a civil engineering technologist. Henry began researching his family background more than twenty five years ago. He was able to trace his family back into the middle of the 18th century and has since established contact with long-lost relatives in many countries.  
Henry joined the Jewish Genealogical Society of (Toronto) Canada in 1989.  He was the Editor of the JGSC’s newsletter, Shem Tov, for several years and then President from 1993 until 1998. Henry has published numerous articles on Jewish family research, has lectured on various genealogical and historical subjects, and has contributed to several websites.

For more information you may contact Suzette Stringer at


Past events:

September 27, 2015

Open House. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo is holding a Meet and Greet on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 10 AM at the home of Suzette Stringer. Materials from the traveling library will be available for examination. Members of the group will be present to answer your questions. A light brunch will be served. All are welcome.




Cantor Gerald DeBruin explains the symbols of the Passover Seder table. Temple Beth El, 1950s. Courtesy, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo