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

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.

JGSWVO is a member of International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

Sunday, November 11, 2018 – 1:00 p.m
1. Setting the Record Straight: The DNA and Yiddish Origins of Ashkenazi Jewry - video of a presentation by Harry Ostrer and Alexandre Beider, presented at the 2018 IAJGS Conference in Warsaw, Poland.
2. Breaking Down Brick Walls. Bring your genealogy problems. Using tools available on the Internet, JGSWVO members will try to help you find solutions.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.
Program: The DNA of the Jewish People - Bennett Greenspan
Celebrate Hanukkah with yummy treats

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.
Program: Reading Between the Lines: Discovering What is Not Said in Archival Documents - Michael J. Simonson

All meetings are held at:
Temple Beth Israel
1175 E. 29th Ave., Eugene, Oregon
Email for more information about JGSWVO
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Mail membership renewals to: Dave Jacobson, PO Box 71681, Springfield OR 97475


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. More information...

Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)

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.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis St.
Portland, Oregon 97209.
Tuesday-Friday, 11 am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-5pm; Closed Monday
Information: 503.226.3600

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