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1979-2008 TIMELINE

1979

Jewish Genealogical Society of Philadelphia is founded. Harry D. Boonin is elected first President

1979

First outside speaker, Stephanie Morris addresses the group on Indexing Ship Arrival Records for the Port of New York

1979

Average meeting attendance between 9 and 15

1980

Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern speaks at the National Museum of American Jewish History at the invitation of JGSP and the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center

1982

First Newsletter is published

1984

Jon E. Stein is elected president of JGSP

1985

Monthly Bulletins are mailed to members in advance of each meeting

1985

Meeting time is changed from 1 p.m. on occasional Sundays to 7:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each month with the exception of the summer months and January and February

1985

Meeting place is changed from private homes and Society Hill Synagogue to National Museum of American Jewish History

1985

Newsletter is named CHRONICLES

1985

Share-the-Ride Book listing members by zip code to facilitate car pooling is compiled and made available.

1985

Library is created. A wheeled cage which can be locked is donated to contain growing collection

1985

“Genealogy-in-the-Round” program is introduced to permit members to share personal experiences

1986

Meetings are taped on audio cassettes which are stored in Library and available to be borrowed by members

1989

JGSP becomes a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation with IRS tax-exempt status

1989

Average meeting attendance between 50 and 75

1989

JGSP hosts 8th National Seminar on Jewish Genealogy June 25 - 29. A syllabus, “Guide to Resources in Philadelphia Area” is produced.

1989

JGSP is now financially able to make modest cash contributions to related Philadelphia institutions

1989

Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern, Leon E. Brown and Miriam Weiner are named Lifetime Members of JGSP

1991

Russian and German Interest Groups and Computer Users’ Group are created to encourage exchange of ideas

1991

JGSP “Register of Roots” is published listing surnames and locations being researched by JGSP members

1992

JGSP stages its first Beginners’ Workshop on Genealogy at Balch Institute. A 110 page “Jewish Genealogy Beginners Guide” is produced

1993

Walking Tour of Immigrant Jewish Philadelphia is held

1993

List of Library Holdings is compiled, published and sent to each member

1993

JGSP participates in Cemetery Records Project of the Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies to create a worldwide listing of cemeteries where Jews are buried

1993

Position established for Orientation of New Members

1994

Worldwide membership reaches close to 350

1994

Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern, Dean of Jewish Genealogy, dies suddenly on January 5th.

1994

The Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Award is created to be presented annually to a member of the JGSP for Distinguished Service in the Field of Jewish Genealogy. Harry Boonin is named the first recipient

1994

Jon E. Stein completes 10th year as JGSP president

1994

JGSP celebrates its 15th Anniversary on Sunday, June 5, with a Luncheon at the Adam’s Mark Hotel

1995

Elaine (Bunny) Kolinsky is named second recipient of the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern award presented on May 8 by Harry Boonin.

1995

Jon E. Stein steps down after eleven successful and productive years as President.

1995

JGSP Member, Leonard Markowitz starts the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project.

1996

Leonard Markowitz elected the third President of JGSP, succeeding Jon Stein.

1996

Jon E. Stein is named the third recipient of the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern award presented by Elaine Kolinsky at a Luncheon in Jon’s honor on May 19. Karen Spiegel Franklin is the keynote speaker.

1996

JGSP website inaugurated with the hard work of Bill Firestone, Howard Rosen and many other members.

1996

Harry Boonin steps down as Editor of Chronicles. New Editor is Elaine (Bunny) Kolinsky.

1997

JGSP General Meetings and Library are moved to Gratz College from the National Museum of American Jewish History. This provides a permanent home for the Library.

1997

Chad Gottschlich takes over as Webmaster and expands the JGSP Website.

1998

Dan Rottenberg is named the fourth recipient of the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern award presented by Leonard Markowitz at a Luncheon on May 17. Sallyann Amdur Sack is the keynote speaker.

1998

Leonard Markowitz steps down as President after three years at the helm. Membership is at nearly 400.

1999

Joel Spector elected the fourth President of JGSGP, succeeding Len Markowitz.

1999

Founding President Harry Boonin publishes his book The Jewish Quarter of Philadelphia – A History and Guide 1881-1930.

2000

Elaine Kolinsky steps down as Editor of Chronicles. New Editor is Chad Gottschlich.

2000

Two affiliates of JGSP are established. South Jersey affiliate meets at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Marlton. Delaware County affiliate meets at Martins Run in Media.

2001

Society name changed to Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia.

2001

An era ends. Jonathan Emanuel Stein, JGSP President for eleven years (1984-1995) passes away on May 28 at the age of 87.

2001

Joel Spector steps down as President after three years at the helm.

2002

Leonard Markowitz accepts a second term as President for one year.

2002

After a seven year period of inactivity, the German SIG is resurrected under the able leadership of Monica Leonards

2002

Jewish Historian and Genealogist Harry Boonin leads members on a walking tour of South Philadelphia.

2002

Harry Boonin is named lifetime member of JGSGP.

2003

Mark Halpern elected fifth President succeeding Len Markowitz.

2003

Lifetime member Miriam Weiner presented IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

2003

Helen Stein, widow of Jon Stein, is named lifetime member .

2003

JGSGP renews its partnership with the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC). A joint project to index the Immigrant/Ethnic Bank records commenced under the able leadership of Selma Neubauer.

2003

JGSGP purchases Laptop Computer for PJAC indexing projects.

2004

Number of JGSGP General Meetings expanded from 8 to 9 with the addition of a meeting in February. Winter meetings will be held on Sunday afternoons.

2004

First joint PJAC project – Blitzstein Bank records – is completed and searchable on JewishGen website. Lipshutz Bank indexing started. Project is under the able leadership of Selma Neubauer

2004

Karen Franklin is named lifetime member of JGSGP.

2004

JGSGP and PJAC jointly purchase digital projector enabling Society to attract speakers employing digital presentations.

2004

JGSGP project, in cooperation with PJAC, commenced to index Jewish Exponent obituaries and death notices from 1887 to present. Project is under the able leadership of Leonard Duboff.

2004

JGSGP becomes a member of the Kehilla of Old York Road. Alan Remstein is the JGSGP representative.

2004

JGSGP 25th Anniversary celebrated with luncheon on October 10. Speakers are Susan King, Hankus Netsky and Nan Beth Wallace.

2005

Second joint PJAC project – Lipshutz Bank records – is completed and searchable on JewishGen website. Rosenbaum Bank indexing started.

2005

"Register of Roots" discontinued and replaced by listing of member Surnames and towns in Chronicles

2005

Yale Reisner, Director of the Lauder Foundation Genealogy Project in Warsaw returns to Philadelphia to present "Genealogical Adventures in Poland." This meeting attracted over 120 members and guests. 

2005

Chronicles awarded Outstanding Publication by an IAJGS Society at 25th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Las Vegas 

2005

JGSGP Seminar - Jewish Family Heritage: Connecting to Your Past - attracts 40 participants

2006

"Genealogy in the Round" program is re-instituted and is a big hit.

2006

Chad Gottschlich, long-time editor of Chronicles and webmaster of the JGSGP Website retires.

2006

German SIG Coordinator and JGSGP  Board Member Monica Leonards passes away in April at age 49 after a battle with cancer.

2006

JGSGP project to index the Passage Order Book Records of Blitzstein, Lipshutz, Rosenbaum, and Rosenbluth Banks awarded Outstanding Programming or Project at 26th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in New York City.

2006

JGSGP General Meetings moved from Gratz College to Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel. JGSGP Library remains at Gratz.

2006

PJAC Executive Director Nan Beth Wallace and Chief Archivist Don Davis leave PJAC. Nan and Don were instrumental in creating a very active and successful partnership with JGSGP.

2007

Mark Halpern steps down as President after four years. Selma Neubauer and Fred Blum are elected sixth President. Having Co-Presidents is a first for JGSGP.  

2007

Mark Halpern takes over as editor of Chronicles 

2007

Len Duboff steps down as Coordinator of the Jewish Exponent Obituary indexing project after completing the indexing of 35,000 records. James Gross takes over as Coordinator

2007

Third joint PJAC project – Rosenbaum Bank records – is completed and searchable on JewishGen website.

JGSGP Jewish Exponent Obit/Death Notice Indexing Project's first 34,000 indices placed online and searchable on JewishGen website.

2007

Dan Rottenberg, longtime JGSGP member and author of Finding our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy, the first book (1977) on Jewish genealogy, is the keynote speaker at the IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City - 30 years after.

2007

JGSGP and IAJGS agree to co-host the 29th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Philadelphia, August 2-7, 2009.

2007

Marvin Brooks, former Recording Secretary and Webmaster passes away in December at age 62 after a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Helen Stein, widow of long-time JGSGP President Jon Stein and Life Member, passes away in December at age 87

2008

Fred Blum elected President. Selma Neubauer retires.

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