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


December 15, 2022 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
Tales for the Telling (Zoom)
Please join JGSWVO members for an assortment of short topics, helpful hints and discussion including:
Your Hanukkah menorah — Show and tell us about a favorite or unusual menorah or some other family heirloom. We’d love to hear the backstory!
DeepStory (aka LiveStory)Edward Winter will show you how this feature on MyHeritage can animate and give voice to your ancestor’s photo.
Out on a Limb — What have you discovered for your family tree? What are you looking for? Members help each other make new discoveries.
Coming in 2023! — Tell us your interests and ideas for programs next year.

January 19, 2023 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
Review of Genealogy Software for Your Computer, presented by Hap Ponedel, Reeva Kimble, Michael Sussman and other volunteers from our membership.

Future Meeting Dates – Program details will be added as available
February 16, 2023 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
March 16, 2023 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
April 20, 2023 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
May 18, 2023 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
June 15, 2023 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
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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...

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.
(Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Information: 503.226.3600 or email

The Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center For Humanity
2045 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121.
(Hours: Sundays, 10:00am - 4:00pm - Reservations Required)

Information: 206.582.3000 or email

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