Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

Between April and November, unless noted otherwise, we meet at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month in the Miller Board Room on the second floor of Menorah Park, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. For a MapQuest map, click here.

Between December and March, we will normally meet at 1:30 pm on the first Sunday of each month in the Men's Club Lounge at Park Synagogue East, 27500 Shaker Blvd, Pepper Pike. For a MapQuest map, click here.

Meetings are free and open to members, their guests and other interested persons.

Upcoming programs

September 6, 2017
7:30 PM
Menorah Park

Jewish marriage and divorce documents:
their use to genealogists

Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
B’nai Jeshurun Congregation

Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria

Rabbi Rudin-Luria will share the differences between what is found on a civil marriage license and in a ketubah, a Jewish marriage document and in a public divorce record and a get, a Jewish divorce record.

An expert in the laws of Jewish divorce, Rabbi Rudin-Luria will explain how a get, a Jewish divorce, shows all the various names a person used and how this facilitates genealogical research.

Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria joined B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in 2001. He is a certified Mesader Gittin. officiant of Jewish divorce. Raised on the Jersey Shore, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001. Before joining B’nai Jeshurun, Rabbi Rudin-Luria served as a student rabbi in Huntsville, Alabama and New York City, chaplain at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, the US Navy, the New York Jewish Healing Center as a grief counselor, and in Los Angeles in a Jewish home for recovering addicts.

October 22, 2017
at 2:00 pm
Laurel School-Lyman Campus
1 Lyman Circle
Shaker Hts.

NOTE the DATE, TIME, and Location for this special meeting, which will replace our regular October meeting.

Searching for Individuals in the International Tracing Service at the USHMM

Dr. Diane Afoumado
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Diane Afoumado

Learn about one of the largest Holocaust archives in the world, the International Tracing Service (ITS). Dr. Diane F. Afoumado, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will share how to use the ITS digital collection.  Forms to request ITS searches will be available.

ITS, located in Bad Arolsen, Germany, was the largest closed Holocaust archive in the world. The archive was established by the Allied powers after World War II to help reunite separated families and trace missing family members. The Allies placed in the ITS millions of pages of documentation captured during the war. Opened in 2007, the ITS collection contains about 200 million digital images of documentation, such as camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications/questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs.

Dr. Afoumado is chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Formerly assistant professor of contemporary history at the University of Paris 10-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, she worked for the two French commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a historian for the archival division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine - Mémorial de la Shoah. She has written several books and more than 20 articles related to the Holocaust.

For more information and to register for the event, contact the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at or 216-368-2091. Information can also be found on the website: Advance registration is preferred.

Dr. Afoumado’s appearance is sponsored by
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
The Kol Israel Foundation
Siegal Life Long Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University
Laurel School
and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

JGSC and CWRU logos Laurel - USHMM - Kol Israel logos

November 8, 2017
1:30 PM
Menorah Park

How a SIG can further genealogy research

Amy Wachs, JGSC president
Russ Maurer
 Litvak SIG board members and district coordinators

December 3, 2017
1:30 PM
Park East

ANNUAL MEETING - Election of Officers
Report on the 2017 IAJGS Orlando conference.

change as we switch to our winter schedule


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