Schedule of 2021 Events

There are 10 monthly meetings: January-June; September-December 2021.  

Please note: Meeting times, dates, locations and speakers are subject to change.

Information is regularly updated. 

Due to the Corona virus situation, our meetings this year will be conducted on the Zoom until it is safe to meet as a group.

Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 1:30 pm Via Zoom

Producer: Ron Arons, Author and Genealogy



Ron has presented at 14 of the past 18 IAJGS conferences on a wide variety of subjects and has also been behind the scenes at 4 IAJGS conferences to help produce “Game Show Night/Jewish Genealogy Jeopardy”. Ron has traced his roots to Lithuania, Poland, Romania, England, Belarus, and the Ukraine. In 2006 Ron appeared on the PBS TV series The Jewish Americans. He has published three books including The Jews of Sing Sing and, most recently, Mind Maps for Genealogy. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from the Univ. of Chicago.


Show: Game Show Night – “Who Wants to Be A Rothchild?”

Game Show Night is almost a tradition at the IAJGS Conference. Specifically, ‘JewPardy’ (Jewish Genealogy Jeoprady) has been conducted at six previous IAJGS conferences to much acclaim. JewPardy is a takeoff of the standard game of ‘Jeopardy’ with certain twists to make more germain for Jewish genealogy audiences. Today, we will play “Who Wants to Be A Rothchild,” Ron’s spin-off of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?. The result is an evening of education, jokes, mishaps, and LOTS of laughter. Not to be missed.


Our Past 2021 Meetings

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm Via Zoom

Speaker: Sharon Taylor, JGAGSP Member


Sharon Taylor graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. For ten years, Taylor worked for the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a Professional Research Assistant.


Taylor and her husband live outside of Philadelphia where Taylor continues writing and researching her family and the Jews of Galicia. She is a member of Gesher Galicia, and the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia. Her articles have been published in their journals, on The National Library of Israel Blog, and in Jewish newspapers in Philadelphia and Arizona.


Topic: Extra! Extra! Read All About it: Using to Research Family History


Sharon Taylor’s roots lay in Mariampol, a typical small town in eastern Galicia (today western Ukraine), and in Philadelphia. No vital records are known to exist for the time Taylor’s family lived in Mariampol. In Philadelphia, it was rumored that Taylor’s family was involved in organized crime, an activity that strives to leave no trace. Turning to Taylor explored the tale of her great-uncle’s kidnapping by the Russian Army. She’ll share her results and methodology as she tracks the struggles of Mariampol during the First World War, and finds evidence of her family’s colorful life in Philadelphia in the 1930’s.