Sunday, March 17, 2019
Research Help and Registration: 1:00-1:30PM
Lecture: 1:30PM
Location: Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Speaker: Ira Poliakoff, author of Synagogues of Philadelphia


Ira Poliakoff was born in Manhattan in 1945 just as his father returned from 4 years of service as a Ship’s Doctor during WW2. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Rockville Centre, Long Island. He is a retired business owner and has lived with his wife, Judy, in Wynnewood for almost 40 years. They have 2 children and two grandchildren. Ira’s first book, published in 2017, “Synagogues of Long Island”, was awarded first place in the category “Religion, General,” at the 2018 Best Book Awards at Book Fest.
Topic: Looking at the History of Philadelphia’s Jewish Community through the eyes of more than 500 Synagogues
Ira will discuss interesting stories and facts about some of the more than 500 Synagogues that exist or have existed in Philadelphia and it’s PA suburbs. Ira has conducted many interviews and done extensive research for this book.
Autographed copies of this book will be for sale after Ira’s talk.

Admission is free for members.  Non-members are charged $5.00.


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”


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

To directly access a list of our holdings at the library, Click here.


“Genealogy on the Road”

Fred Blum, our President will give a lecture ” How to Locate Individuals Through Genealogy” on February 13, 2019 at Lower Merion Synagogue.  On March 13, 2019 he will present the lecture at Gratz College.