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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 Web site.

Arnold Ismach, a long-time member of this organization, died unexpectedly in Eugene on January 14, 2015. His intelligence, wit and comraderie made him a loved and valuable member of JGSWVO, and his contributions to our meetings will be greatly missed. Eugene’s Register-Guard posted a fine article profiling his life.

Sunday, March 1 - 1:00 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Bring research questions or solutions. Our members will make suggestions to help you get started or break through those brick walls between you and the history of your ancestors. Progress reports and success stories welcome.

Hap Ponedel will be available to show you the location of the shtetl your ancestor lived in. He likely can tell you which country that town was in when your grandfather’s grandfather was born.

Michael Sussman will debut the new JGSWVO online library catalog and show how to access our book list and use its basic features.

Sunday, April 12 - 1:00 PM
Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Robert Weiss, who came to a JGSWVO meeting last year to ask for advice on locating his birthparents, will tell his remarkable success story and outline the research steps involved.

We will show and discuss the film “The Return of the Violin.” It is the story of European Jewish musicians before and after WWII, especially the world’s leading violinist, Bronislaw Huberman, of Czestochowa, Poland. He saved 70 Jewish musicians and their families (over 700 people) by relocating them to Palestine, and founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, now the Israeli Philharmonic.

JGSWVO is a member of International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

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. - 8:00 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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