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 2016 - June 2017 programs here.

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.


Sunday, February 26, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

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

Lithuania, Galicia, Ukraine: Research Sites and Sources
Speakers: Rhoda Miller, Renee Steinig, Chuck Weinstein

Back by popular demand, our trio of JGSLI past presidents will provide an overview of Jewish genealogical sources for three major areas of Jewish settlement – Lithuania, Galicia (now southeast Poland and western Ukraine), and Russian Ukraine – and will highlight the newest developments in records access for these regions. In addition to researching their own families in Lithuania (Rhoda), Galicia (Renee), and Ukraine (Chuck), the speakers are active in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and other projects for the regions. Rhoda is LitvakSIG’s Svencionys District Research Coordinator and manager of a Svencionys DNA group; Renee is a board member of Gesher Galicia, moderator of its JewishGen email discussion group, and its Family Finder editor; Chuck is a Ukraine SIG board member, its Towns and Districts Director, and a moderator of its discussion group.

Sunday, March 19, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

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

Sousa Mendes’s List: The Search for Survivors
Speakers: Olivia Mattis

Dr. Olivia Mattis is president and co-founder of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, which works to identify families who received lifesaving visas from the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Spring 1940. Sousa Mendes, stationed in Bordeaux, France, rescued thousands from the Holocaust -- including 12 members of Dr. Mattis’s family -- by providing them visas to Portugal, a neutral country with a port to the free world. Dr. Mattis will describe Sousa Mendes's heroic efforts, which defied his government’s strict orders and for which he paid steep personal price, and she’ll explain the process of learning more about the refugees.

Sunday, November 6, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.

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. 30): $45. After Oct. 30 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 2017 membership dues.

Click here for the 2015 Jewish Genealogy 101 Brochure

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.
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