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
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.
Meetings of JGSGP
usually occur 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.
JGSGP is a non-profit
organization and functions through the voluntary efforts of its members,
all of whom are encouraged to participate. The Society is governed by a
Board of Directors,
in accordance with the
By-Laws of JGSGP.
The objectives of JGSGP are:
To collect, preserve and
disseminate Jewish genealogical information and knowledge
To promote interest in
Jewish genealogical research
To stimulate and provide
instruction in the use of research methodology and adherence to
standards of accuracy and thoroughness
To foster careful
documentation and to promote scholarly writing and publication
To promote the preservation
of Jewish genealogical records and resources
To hold meetings for the
instruction and education of its members and the general public
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
International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies [IAJGS] Member Organization in recognition of
an outstanding journal, newsletter, or other publication that furthers
Jewish genealogical research.
All regular members of JGSGP
receive a copy of the Monthly Bulletin. This document describes the
speaker and topic of the next meeting as well as the same information for
meetings of Special Interest Groups of JGSGP. In addition, other important
information of interest to members are included in the Monthly Bulletin.
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.
The Catalog of the Society
Library is included in the
online catalog of the
Tuttleman Jewish Public Library. To access the
online catalog, you will
have to register, which can be done at no cost. The JGSGP library call
letters are preceded by "JGSP" or "JGSGP."
A JGSGP Delaware County /
Main Line Affiliate meets four times a year at
Martins Run Lifecare
Community, 11 Martins Run, Media, PA 19063 (Telephone 610-353-7660).
These meetings are usually held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM. The topics
are varied and related to researching your Jewish roots. For a schedule of
upcoming meetings, please refer to the
JGSGP Calendar of
Events. For more information, contact Affiliate Coordinator,
The Newly reorganized South
Jersey affiliate meets periodically at
Congregation Beth Tikvah,
115 Evesboro-Medford Road, Marlton, NJ. For more information about future
programs, please contact Affiliate Coordinator
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. For a schedule of upcoming meetings,
please refer to the
JGSGP Calendar of Events. For more information, contact RIG
Coordinator, David Brill.
Membership is open to anyone interested in their Jewish roots. To join,
please complete the
Membership Application Form and mail it along with your dues. For more
information, contact the membership office:
PO Box 335
Exton, PA 19341-0335
JGSGP is a member Society of the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).
The IAJGS is an
independent non-profit umbrella organization coordinating the activities
and annual conference of more than
75 national and local
Jewish genealogical societies around the world.
It was formed in the late 1980's to provide a common voice for issues of
significance to its members, to advance our genealogical avocation, and to
coordinate items such as the annual Jewish Genealogy Conference.
the more significant activities of the IAJGS include:
1) Routinely providing new and potential societies with organizational
2) Presenting achievement awards recognizing excellence in various aspects
of Jewish Genealogy
3) Providing monetary awards to facilitate activities that provide
resources for Jewish Genealogists
4) Ensuring the continuity and effectiveness of the annual Jewish
5) Gathering and making available data to support the research of Jewish
Genealogists (including the Family Tree of the Jewish People, Cemetery and
Burial information, and Jewish Records at the FHL)
6) Providing list services to facilitate e-mail communication between
member society presidents, program chairs, and newsletter editors