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 refer to our Programs Sept. 2014 - June 2015 (Full Schedule)

Sunday, April 26 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
www.miyjcc.orgSPEAKER: Avraham Groll
“How Did Jews Get to Europe?”
With the decline of Babylonian Jewry in the ninth and tenth centuries, Jews immigrated to Europe in large numbers. Yet there is evidence of a Jewish presence in Europe more than 1,000 years earlier. This presentation will focus on early Jewish settlement in Spain, Germany, France and Italy, using maps, pictures, and documents to explore why Jews chose (or were forced) to live in these countries, where they settled, and under what conditions they lived. In addition, we will discuss the migration patterns of Jews in even earlier periods, including the division of Israel into two kingdoms, the beginnings of the Jewish Diaspora, the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE, and the transfer of the center of Jewish life to Babylon.
Sunday, May 31 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
www.miyjcc.orgJGSLIers Share Their Success Stories
Michael Chaplan’s interest in genealogy blossomed when he began to work five minutes from NYC's Municipal Archives. He will discuss his use of the Archives's resources to research his early 20th century immigrant ancestors.
Marilyn Gotkin will illustrate how snail mail, Facebook, Geni, JewishGen, the kindness of strangers, and serendipity have enabled her to explore family history and connect with living relatives in the USA, Europe, and Israel.
Andy Bader too has been very successful using Facebook to locate and maintain contact with family members. He’ll tell us more about the value of that social networking site to genealogists.
Allan Mallenbaum will provide guidance on maintaining and preserving for future generations the precious family records that we find.
Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots
JGSLI’s Annual Family History Workshop
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview
www.miyjcc.orgWatch for the 2015 Workshop usually held the first Sunday in November.
Click here for the 2014 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.
  • Click here for more information!

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