Sunday, February, 23, 2020
Research and Registration Help: 1:00PM-1:30PM
Lecture: 1:30PM
Location: Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Speaker: Ira Siegal, JGASGP Member

A JGASGP member for the past two years, Ira Siegal has been a CPA since 1980 and since 2010 has been a Revenue Agent at the IRS in the Global High Wealth group in the Large Business & International division which audits the wealthiest taxpayers. He used his audit and investigative skills to find and pull together distant branches of a family tree.

Topic: The Irish Torah
Ira Siegal will share the story of a family heirloom, a Sefer Torah, originally from the town of Oshmyany (now Belarus – near Vilna) that made its way to Dublin, Ireland and then to Philadelphia, carried by his grandfather Isaac Schreider in 1908.
Ira met with the last Schreider third cousin in Dublin in 2018 and more third cousins in Israel this summer in Israel. Research in the archives at Yad Vashem found information on Holocaust survivors.

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



From Marilyn Golden, VP Membership


May 3, 2020

40th Anniversary Celebration Update

Celebrate with us on May 3rd for our 40th Anniversary Celebration! The party will be at the National Museum of Jewish Heritage! Our special guest speaker will be Daniel Goldmark presenting “Jews in Rock”. Admission will include a kosher brunch by Barclay Caterers, discounted parking at the Bourse garage and entrance to the museum exhibits from 3-5.

Registration: 10:30AM

Event starts at 11:00AM

Cost: $50 @member
$75 @non-member (will include membership for 2020)

E-invites will go out the first week of March. Hard copies will be mailed to those who do not use e-mail.
Please make sure I have your correct e-mail address. 

Payment information will be forthcoming.

FYI: We are subsidizing more than 50% of the cost. We want to show our appreciation to everyone who has been a part of our growing organization!

Let’s try to carpool and offer rides to those who do not drive.

From Fred Blum, Past 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 19176-9761

Donations can also be made through the library website: https://library.temple.edu/policies/10

Those interested in offering a donation of books or archival material to the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection should send a description of those materials to:

Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center

Email: msly@temple.edu


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!

Miriam Weiner, our December meeting lecturer, was the subject of a recent article that appeared in the Jewish Exponent; “Genealogy Rock Star Discusses Digging Up Jewish Roots”.  The article can be found under menu item “Archives”, then click on “Newspaper Articles”.

January 2020 Meeting

For Frederic Blum’s Handout, “How to locate Holocaust Survivors Through Genealogy”, please go to the menu item, “Archives”, then click on “Meeting Summaries and Handouts”

November 2019 Meeting

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

October 2019 Meeting

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

September 2019 Meeting
Sarina Roffe’s Lecture Handout 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) look under the menu item, “Resources”.

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