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L’Shana Tova, best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year!


JGS Cleveland is a recognized leader in genealogy research and provides world-class programs, resources, and support to those interested in learning more about Old Jewish Cleveland and family heritage.  This year, we are proud to celebrate our 40th Anniversary and invite you to meet our honorary co-chairs, Russ Maurer and Amy Wachs, congratulate our inaugural Hall of Fame honorees, and enjoy our official Hall of Fame and Friends photo taken at Western Reserve Historical Society on June 9, 2023 program and open house.  Interested in learning more?  Please meet our members and check out our new 40th anniversary brochure.  We hope you will join us as we celebrate the past and plan for the future!

3rd Row, L-R: Janet Ghiandoni, Ken Bravo, Barry Goloboff, Stewart Hoicowitz, Nate Arnold, Jeff Morris

2nd Row, L-R: Phyllis Bravo, Fran Golden, Noreen Goldstein, Sylvia Abrams, Amy Wachs, Marlene Englander, Sherri Routman, Arnie Berger

1st Row, L-R: Donald Golden, Barbara Davis, Charles Lissauer, Deborah Katz, Marilyn Perkul, Natalie Landy

New Members

Getting to Know: Old Jewish Cleveland

Do you remember family cousin clubs? the Glenville and Kinsman neighborhoods? the Jewish Orphanage? Mt. Sinai Hospital? the Alsbacher Document? Simson Thorman? In the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: Jews and JudaismSean Martin, PhD, JGSC Board member and Associate Curator for Jewish History, Western Reserve Historical Society provides a good starting point for your Cleveland research. 

World Class Programs

JGSC offers free monthly educational programs currently open to members and non-members on a variety of topics applicable to Jewish genealogy and research.  Please check the program listings for time, location and format.  Advance registration is required and must be posted by noon on the day of the program. We hope you will join us.

Next Featured Program:

Wed, October 4, 2023 at 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET

Why did our Jewish Ancestors Leave a Great Place Like the Pale? with Hal Bookbinder

Jews were welcomed into the Polish principalities in the 1200s, most notably, by the Duke of Greater Poland, Bolesław the Pious. Thousands fleeing persecution and expulsions across Western Europe came. As Poland expanded to the east and south, Jews moved into Lithuanian, Belarusian, and Ukrainian lands. By 1800 there were more than a million Jews in the Pale. By 1900, they would number nearly five million. Jews flourished in the Pale...

 Wednesday, October 4th Event Details

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