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

Meetings are via Zoom at this time. Contact Reeva Kimble to receive a link to attend the meeting.

June 8, 2023 – Thursday, 7-9 PM
Selections from the film “Jews of the Wild West”
This PBS documentary focuses on Jews of the Wild West, and seeks to revive interest in Jewish contributions to frontier life. By 1912, more than 100,000 Jewish immigrants had moved to the West, according to the documentary, which notes that by 1900 most “notorious” Wild West towns had Jewish mayors.

— Group discussion about ancestors who lived in the West (or west or south of the Hudson River).
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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. 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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