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


All meetings for the remainder of 2021 will be via Zoom, Thursday nights at 7 PM, except as noted.

Thursday, March 11 - Roots of Jews from Eastern Europe: Names, Language, and History with Alexander Beider — A JewishGen video presentation.

Dr. Alexander Beider has a PhD in applied mathematics, and a second PhD in the domain of Jewish studies. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools allowing to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.

Thursday, April 15 - Memories of Migration: Between the Personal and the Collective Experience. — A JewishGen video presentation.

The large-scale migration of Jews across continents and oceans is one of the most characteristic features of the modern Jewish narrative. What do we now know about the reasons and the circumstances that guided millions of Jewish migrants around the globe? What has been the role of the United States, its Jewish community, and other countries around the world in these migrations?

American Friends of the Hebrew University presents Memories of Migration: Between the Personal and the Collective with Professor Eli Lederhendler, the Stephen S. Wise Professor of American Jewish History and Institutions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and chair of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry. JewishGen video presentation

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Mail memberships and renewals to: Michael Sussman, 308 Hunington Ave. Eugene, OR 97405


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...

Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe
JGSWVO member Hap Ponedel is building a comprehensive 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.
Thursday—Saturday 11:00-3:00
Sunday—Wednesday: Closed
Information: 503.226.3600 or email

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