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 Web site.

Arnold Ismach, a long-time member of this organization, died unexpectedly in Eugene on January 14. 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 February 1 1:00 PM Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene OR
Program: Changing Borders of Eastern Europe 
Have you ever wondered why the country of your ancestors origin was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia? What exactly was the Pale of Settlement and did your ancestor live there? In this talk JGSWVO member Hap Ponedel will discuss the changing borders of Eastern Europe featured in both large and small scale maps. In addition, members of the JGSWVO and guests will be treated to interpretations of large scale images of the towns and shtetls of their ancestors found on military maps that are 100-150 years old. Come find out more about maps and shtetls as we explore the contents of Hap's project to catalog many different historical maps and map systems of Eastern Europe.

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.

JGSWVO is a member of International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

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Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
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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  •  Mercer Island
Meetings are held on the second Monday, September through June, at 7 p.m. at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island, unless noted otherwise.
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Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon  •  Portland
Meetings normally held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June
7:00 p.m. • Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland
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Oregon Jewish Museum
The Oregon Jewish Museum is open in a new expanded location.

Tuesday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

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

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