Dedicated to enhancing knowledge of those who came before us,
enabling those who follow to enjoy and learn from our discoveries

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Willamette Valley Oregon is working with YAD VASHEM, The Holocaust Martyrs’ & Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, to help identify and remember every possible victim of the Holocaust. Click here for more information.

Our meetings are open to everyone. You are welcome to ask genealogy research questions, report success stories, and show old photos, reference books and family heirlooms. JGSWVO members can borrow books and newsletters from our library and list family names and towns on our website.

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Willamette Valley Oregon (JGSWVO) will be our members only Annual Potluck on Thursday, July 21, 6:30 PM. Please consider sharing your grandmother’s favorite recipe, something your ancestors might have enjoyed eating, or an Israeli dish. If someone in your family collected recipes and created a family cookbook, or if you know of one you can borrow, please bring it for show and tell.

Bill Sarnoff will provide special entertainment. Last year he told a marvelous story relating to his vaudeville days with Louis Armstrong, complete with song and dance. If you missed hearing it, you can read about it in his book “Around the Samovar, A Memoir”. There are rumors of a new book.

Independent Genealogy Research
(use Ancestry at the public library, visit your relatives, invite your relatives to visit you. Call your cousin and ask for information on grandparents, organize and label old photos, get genealogy software, use your genealogy software, write up your family history, etc.)

August 7-12 - 36th Annual IAJGS Conference - Seattle
See below for information.

September 8, Thursday evening 7-9 PM
Hap Ponedel will describe “Changing Borders in Eastern Europe and the Effect on Our Ancestors”

October 6, Thursday evening 7-9 PM
Members will give short presentations on a city/town/shtetl/dorf where one of their ancestors lived. Photos, maps and slide shows welcome.

November 6, Sunday afternoon 1-3 PM
Film “Echoes That Remain” a warm and rich documentary portrait of Eastern European Jewry before the Holocaust. It combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The film’s production team spent over a year of research in archives around the world collecting film footage and photographs to help dramatize the folk stories, parables, and anecdotes.

Playing an important role in the film are a series of evocative images from the famed photo biographer of Eastern European shtetl life, the late Roman Vishniac. “Echoes That Remain” has been screened in theaters and film festivals in North and South America, Europe, and Asia and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

December 11, Sunday afternoon 1-3 PM
Election of officers for 2017, Hanukkah treats, genealogy success stories and sticking points. Who and what did you discover this year? What questions are still unanswered?

January 8, 2017, Sunday afternoon 1-3 PM
Hap Ponedel will discuss and analyze information in the book “Golden Age Shtetl.”

JGSWVO is a member of International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

36th Annual IAJGS Conference
August 7-12, 2016 - Seattle, Washington
The conference theme is “The Wandering Jew”. Details about the conference focus, FAQs and other information can be found on the website. More details will be available as programming evolves.

Under the News/Blog tab you will find instructions on how to get blog posts and how to join the conference discussion group. This year’s discussion group is moderated, and moderators will read every submission for suitability.

It is anticipated that the call for proposals will go out around September 1, 2015, and registration will open January 4, 2016. Registration at the hotel will be tied to conference registration. It is planned to have all add-ons (trips, meals, etc.) available at the time conference registration goes live.

Contact information for committee members is available under the contact tab on the website.

Email for more information about JGSWVO
—Become a JGSWVO member
—Download JGSWVO information handout

Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
Click here for information

Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe
JGSWVO member Hap Ponedel is building a website with the primary goal of gathering the widest possible variety of historical maps for Jewish genealogists and researchers interested in the Jews of Eastern Europe. Maps from libraries around the world, as well as online sources, are offered along with links to Jewish encyclopedias to create a historical atlas. Check-in periodically as maps and links are continuously added.

Jews of Eugene, Oregon,” by Robert Levinson. Dr. Levinson interviewed several people with knowledge of the early Jewish community in Eugene.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
Meets on the second Monday of each month from September through June
Most meetings are held at the LDS Factoria Building in Bellevue, 4200 124th Ave. SE
Free admission

Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Meetings normally held September through June
Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland

Oregon Jewish Museum
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 12:00–4:00 p.m.

1953 NW Kearney St., Portland.
For information: (503) 226-3600

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