Welcome to the Jewish Genealogy Society
of Long Island (JGSLI)!

JGSLI was founded in 1985 to encourage and assist the pursuit of Jewish family history. Our goal is to bring together people interested in tracing their Jewish family roots.

We are a non-profit organization, operating through member efforts. We work to educate members and the public regarding the “how to” of finding one’s roots. Please see our full listing of September 2017 - June 2018 programs here.

Current members can now access our 2009 - 2017 LIneage newsletter issues, featured lectures and speaker handouts. Visit our members-only section to find out more.


JGSLI's Genealogy 101 is presented by our group's immediate past president,Nolan Altman, and airs on PATV Great Neck North Share (Cablevision channel 20) at 12:30 pm on Thursdays. Alternatively, tune into their live stream. The program also airs throughout Long Island on Cablevision channel 20 on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.


CoverImageNEW BOOK - Jewish Community of Long Island, a publication in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, is available from major online booksellers and in many Long Island bookstores. For further information, click YouTube Overview to see how this book can help your genealogy research, a name-index supplement to the book, and a Press Release.

JGSLI Board Member Rhoda Miller was recently interviewed by Radio Sefarad. Listen here.

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2 - 4 p.m. (Mavens at 1:30 p.m.)

Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
Plainview, NY

Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero by Susan Rubenstein DeMasi

The years following World War I brought unbearable suffering to Eastern European Jews. Henry Alsberg, a foreign correspondent and aid worker, wrote about the terrors he witnessed and risked his life to assist his co-religionists. As a volunteer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, he helped set up orphanages, farming cooperatives, and schools, and he arranged for the safe emigration of thousands of Jews to the Americas. Later, he brought his prized adaptation of the Yiddish classic, The Dybbuk, to the English-speaking stage and directed the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project.

Sue DeMasi, a librarian and writer, is the author of Henry Alsberg: The Driving Force of the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project -- the first biography of this long forgotten hero.

All meetings are held at the Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview  www.miyjcc.org

Remaining 2017-2018 Meetings (Sundays, 2 - 4 p.m.) - For descriptions and speaker biographies, see the full 2017-2018 program

11/5/2017 Beginner’s Workshop
11/19/2017 Susan Rubenstein DeMasi: Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero
12/10/2017 Nina Talbot: Faces of Dynow: Portraits, Stories of Family, Friends and Rabbis from An Ancestral Town in Galicia
1/28/2018 Ira Poliakoff: Synagogues of Long Island
2/25/2017: Susan R. Miller: New York's Genealogy "Textbook": The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer
3/25/2017: Dr. Andrew Zalewski: Galician Globetrotters, Barber Surgeons and Persistent Women
4/29/2017: Daniel Horowitz: Finding Relatives with MyHeritage DNA Matching
5/24/2017 (*Thursday*) Ron Arons: Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape
6/24/2017: Judi Langer-Surinamer Caplan: My Hashava Experience

Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island!

Membership Benefits Include:

Free Admission to monthly meetings
Receive periodic Lineage Newsletter
Receive JGSLI Online. A Monthly digital publication with tips and links to online resources
Opportunity to Network with other people and experts in Jewish Genealogy
Advanced notice of our Family Workshop and other special events.
Click here for more information!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots
JGSLI’s Annual Family History Workshop

Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview

A review of the fundamentals of Jewish genealogy. Topics include interviewing relatives; identifying ancestral towns; Holocaust research; using censuses, city directories, ship's manifests, naturalizations, vital records, and other U.S. sources; European records; and internet resources. Early-bird rate (through Oct. 29): $45. After Oct. 29 and at the door: $55. Additional family member: $15. Fee includes a workbook (one per family, on a flash drive), a copy of Avotaynu’s Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy, a light lunch, and 2018 membership dues.

Click here for the 2017 Jewish Genealogy 101 Brochure

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