Who are we?

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering of local Jewish family history and genealogical research.

Our regular meetings are free and open to the public. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at Menorah Park, except during the winter (December-March), when the meetings are usually held on the first Sunday of the month at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. We welcome guests and prospective members.


For our calendar of meetings and links to maps showing the locations, click here.

Our Mission

  • The objective of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, Inc. is to foster Jewish family history and genealogical research.

  • The Society educates the public and disseminates information on Jewish records, sources, techniques, archives and libraries, and has done so since its inception in 1982.

  • The Society maintains its own research library and encourages the collection of genealogical material and family histories. The research library , which is available to any researcher, is  housed in the Sam and Emma Miller Library of the Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. The Library is open when the building is open.

    • Hours the Library is staffed:
      Monday: 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Sunday: 9 a.m. to noon during Religious School

    • Summer Hours, end of May through Labor Day:
      Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • The Society also assists out-of-town researchers to locate their Cleveland roots. Our research committee members guide researchers to institutions, web sites, and other resources to find genealogical information. Before writing us with a question, please download and fill out a copy of our Research Request Form , and attach the completed form to your e-mail. Send the form and e-mail to our Research Chair at Research@ClevelandJGS.org In particular, the last two items "What resources have you used specific to what you already have/know?" and "What documented information do you already have?" are vital so that we do not duplicate the work you've already done.  Since the form is a word processor document, feel free to supply as much information as possible.  The spaces will expand as you type.

  • The Society has a large collection of genealogy materials available for researchers,

A copy of the Bylaws of the Society (as amended and restated on December 2, 2012) can be seen here.

Donations are also welcome. We are an I.R.S. 501(c)(3) organization, so your gifts may be deductible for income tax purposes. Donations may be made utilizing PayPal, by clicking on the button below.

Our Society is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, an independent non-profit umbrella organization of the more than 75 national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world.


2018 Officers

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President   Sylvia Abrams
First Vice President-Program Stewart Hoicowitz
Second Vice President- Membership Don Goldenl
Secretary Pamela Turner
Treasurer Marilyn Baskin
Immediate Past President Amy Wachs
Previous Past President Chuck (Charles) Lissauer
(Term ending 12/31/2018) - Trustee Murray Davis
(Term ending 12/31/2019) - Trustee Jane Reidel
(Term ending 12/31/2020) - Trustee Jeff Morris
Other Past Presidents: Ken Bravo
Helen Wolf
Richard Spector
Programming Chair Stewart Hoicowitz
KOL (newsletter) Editor Sean Martin
Webmaster Paul Wolf

How to contact us

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Mail to the Society should be sent to:

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
27100 Cedar Road,
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

To learn about becoming a Society member,  click here.

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