Sunday, October 27, 2019

Research Help and Registration: 1:00 PM-1:30PM

Lecture: 1:30 PM

Location: Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Speaker: Jordan Auslander, Forensic Genealogist

Jordan Auslander, is a New York based forensic genealogist, title and real estate historian; He has pursued cases across the United States, Europe and Israel; published, an index to Jewish records in Slovakia, and a genealogical gazetteer of Greater Hungary; Jordan is a former board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York.  In addition, he is known as “Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogist”. Jordan is an Telly award winner for RootsTelevision.com and the ‘reliably inappropriate’ host of IAJGS conference Gameshow Night.

Topic: Researching New York City Resources Remotely
Between 1820 and 1920 over 82 percent of immigrants to the United States came through the port of New York. Learn how to trace your New York ancestors, whether they were passing through or called it home as well as resources to help you reconnect with family that remained elsewhere. While on-site research is the optimal approach to research, this is not always convenient or feasible. Nevertheless, much can be accomplished in advance or in lieu of physical travel. Components of New York City family history can be identified without setting foot on Broadway using a broad array of free and subscription internet sites as well as some conventional sources. These resources will be evaluated in the context of the questions and needs of lecture participants.

Free admission for members.  Non-members are charged $5.00.


From Marilyn Golden, VP Membership


May 3, 2020
40th Anniversary celebration of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP)

Featuring the history of our organization with a special and very entertaining guest speaker, Daniel Goldmark, discussing the History of Jews in Rock!
Kosher brunch will be served. Location:  National Museum of American Jewish History

As plans are worked you will be kept informed. Hoping that many of you will volunteer to help out in many ways this year!

From Fred Blum, President

I am pleased to report that after many months of work, we have joined with the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center to form a new organization.
Our new name is the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia.

The new society’s objectives include the following:

• To collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information about Jewish genealogy.
• To promote and encourage interested persons to engage in genealogical research.
• To stimulate and provide instruction in research methodology, the utilization of resources and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness.
• To foster careful documentation and to promote scholarly genealogical writing and publication.
• To promote the preservation of genealogical records and resources.
• To hold meetings for the instruction and education of its members and the general public.
• To provide continuous assistance and follow up to prospective members and current members.
• To increase awareness of all the genealogical sources that are available for research.
• To continue the mission of the former Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC)

The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center was formed through the efforts of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia many years ago. Its’ mission was to collect, preserve, facilitate research and share the story of the Jewish communities of the Greater Philadelphia area. In 2009 the holdings of PJAC were transferred to the Special Records Collection at Temple University Libraries. With the support of many philanthropic individuals, an archivist position was endowed by PJAC. With our new name and mission we will continue the great work of PJAC.

We encourage you to support the archives with donations and archival material. Donations may be made to the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection Endowment at:
Temple University Libraries
PO Box 71340
Philadelphia, PA 19176-9780

If you wish to discuss archival donations or have archival questions, Please contact:

Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center

Email: msly@temple.edu

Website: https://library.temple.edu/scrc.

Please note:

Our society website will still remain at: https://jgsgp.org

We will continue to have outstanding speakers at our monthly meetings from September to June.


What’s New On Our Site!

September 2019 Meeting
A handout from Sarina Roffe’s Lecture can be found on our website under menu item “Archives”, then click “Meeting Summaries and Handouts”

Rabbi Shalom Bronstein’s reflections of Congregation Beth Am Israel during the 1940’s to the 1960’s can be found under the menu item “Resources”.The synagogue was originally located in SW Philadelphia.  In 1973, the congregation moved to Penn Valley.

W. Todd Knowles’ Power Point Presentation on “Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research” can be found by going to the menu item “Archives” and clicking the “Meeting Summaries and Handouts” button.

Check out “An Ongoing History of Beth Emeth-B,nai Yitzhok Congegation” by Al Feldman. The synagogue was located in NE Philadelphia.  You can find this document under the menu item “Resources”


“A Service to the Jewish Community Award” was given to JGSGP on May 2, 2019 by the B’nai Brith Educators Unit Charter 5290.

For information on the JGSGP (JGASGP) Library at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) Click here.

To go directly to the our library collection at the  HSP, click here.