Sunday, September 22, 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: Sarina Roffe

Sarina Roffé is a career journalist and holds a masters in Jewish Studies. She is the editor of Dorot for JGS of NY, the author of Branching Out from Sepharad, and has researched numerous genealogies including the Kassin and Labaton rabbinic dynasties and is considered an expert in Syrian Jewry. She is a member of the IAJGS board, co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. She is a member of Brooklyn’s Syrian Jewish community.

Topic: “Solving a Converso Mystery” — Traces Jews from Spain to Syria to the Americas; with information on Chief Rabbi Jacob Kassin and his lineage from Spain. Solves the issue of missing years from 1492 – 1540.

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!

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