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

September 13, 2017 - Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E 29th Ave, Eugene, OR
Program: Major Features of JewishGen, the best genealogy website for researching Jewish ancestors. Board members of JGSWVO will describe numerous JewishGen components including Family Finder, SIGs, Yizkor Books, View Mate, Databases, FAQs.

October 1, 2017 - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Program: JRI-Poland and Litvak SIG exposed and explained by Reeva Kimble and Hap Ponedel.

November 5, 2017 - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Program: Film: Everything is Illuminated

With the help of an eccentric local, a young Jewish-American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village that was ultimately razed by the Nazis.

December 3, 2017 - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Program: Hanukkah celebration and Genealogy “brainstorming.”
Submit your genealogy question, brick wall or conundrum and perhaps it will be chosen for live problem solving by a team of experts.

January 7, 2018 - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Program: Introduction to Yizkor Books

February 4, 2018 - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Program: TBA

March 4, 2018 - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Program: TBA

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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