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The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent Obituary Database

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This database is an index of more than 63,500 obituary notices which appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, compiled by volunteers from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGSGP).

Upon completion of the project, data spanning from April 1887 to the present will be available.
Data is currently available in the database for the following dates: 1887-1911, 1914-1936, 1946, Jul-Dec 1947, 1948, Sep-Dec 1950, 1951-1953, 1955-1957, (Jan-Jun 1958 not available), Jul-Dec 1958, 1959-1966, Jan-June 1967, Jan-Sep 1970, 1973, 1979, 1992-1994, Mar-Dec 2003, 2004, Sep-Nov 2005, Mar-Dec 2006, and 2007-2013.

Database Contents

For each entry, this database index contains the following information:

  • Name — The deceased's surname and given name.  The maiden name (if given) is added in parenthesis.
  • Age — The age at death, in years, as listed in the obituary notice.
  • Birthplace — The deceased's birthplace: City / State / Country.  This information is rarely present.
  • Other Surnames — Surnames of related family members, which are mentioned in the obituary.
  • Issue Date — The date of the issue of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent in which the obituary appeared, in month/day/year format.
  • Page — The page number within the issue.
    Note: The notation "Nerc'y" appears in the Page column in a number of early-year entries (circa 1915-1936).  These were were provided to us by a volunteer without an issue page number.  This indicates that the obituary came from a necrology entry.  For a period of time, the Jewish Exponent published the obituaries as an inclusive list, once a month.  If one scrolls thru the microfilm, it is fairly easy to find the desired obituary based on the date of issue.

The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent is published weekly, by the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia.

Viewing the Obituaries

To view the actual obituaries which this database indexes, consult back issues of the Jewish Exponent in hardcopy or on microfilm, at the following locations:

  • Special Collections Research Center
    Paley Library, Temple University, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122.  Contact Information: Call or (215) 204-8257 or email them by clicking here.
    Holdings: Bound copies of the Jewish Exponent April 1887-August 1888, April 1889-April 1890, March 1897-March 1898, March 1900-March 1902, October 1902-October 1903, 1911, 1914, 1916, 1926, 1928, 1945-1957, July 1958- 1999; copies of individual issues 2000-present. Repository subscribes to ProQuest database of digitized version of the Jewish Exponent. Contact repository for details on accessing the database.

  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    Albert M. Greenfield Microform and Media Center, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  Tel.: (215) 732-2680.
    Has: Microfilm of the Jewish Exponent, v. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 15, 1887) – v. 125, no. 47 (June 24, 1955).

  • Free Library of Philadelphia – Logan Circle
    1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  Tel.: (215) 686-5322.  Newspaper & Microfilm Center: Tel.: (215) 686-5431 or -5432
    Has: Microfilm of the Jewish Exponent:
    4/15/1887 - 3/31/1891, 4/18/1895 - 12/31/1912, 1/1/1914 - 12/31/1922, 1/1/1924 - 12/26/1969, 8/5/1977 - 12/31/1979, 1/2/1981 - 4/30/1982, 7/1/1982 -12/31/1982, 6/3/1983 - to present.
    and six months of current issues.

  • University of Pennsylvania – Center for Judaic Studies
    420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.  Tel.: (215) 238-1290.
    Has: Microfilms: Call Number: AP2.J4952 (microfilm).
    v.1:no.1 (1887:Apr.15) - v.1:no.26; v.7:no.1 (1890:Apr.10) - v.125:no.47 (1955:Jun.24); v.147:no.18 (1970:May.1) - v.204:no.27 (1998:Dec.31).
    Note: They do not have a microfilm reader.  Our volunteer requested that the microfilm be sent over to the main campus library, Van Pelt Library.  Patrons interested in the microfilm should contact the Center for Jewish Studies for a similar request.

  • Jewish Exponent
    2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  Tel: (215) 832-0700.
    Has: Hardcopy, depending on age of paper, which can be viewed and/or copied in person.  This is a working newspaper.

Other library locations also exist.  Check with your local librarian.


Current Project coordinator: James Gross.  Past Project coordinator: Leonard Duboff.
Special thanks to: Selma Neubauer, Co-president JGSGP.

Data input was done by the following volunteers:
Steve Bolef, David Brill, Bernard Cedar, Lenard Duboff, Al First, Joan Gross, Helen Gusoff, Martin Gusoff, Ruth Kuschner, Michael Levin, David Mink, Tracey Rich, Joan Rosen, Steve Schecter (deceased), and Harold Waitsman.

The data was checked by James Gross, JEOIP Project Coordinator, for duplications and errors.

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