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 programs here. JGSLI_Programs_Sept.2015-June2016


Sunday, Feb. 21, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road

“A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth”
with Rita Gabis

Poet and reporter Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. Five years ago, she discovered that her Lithuanian grandfather was the Chief of Security under the Gestapo in Svencionys, Lithuania, near the killing field where 8,000 Jews were murdered in the fall of 1941. Gabis will describe the research and interviews she did in four countries to learn the truth about the grandfather she thought she knew. She will also read passages from her new memoir, A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet

Sunday, March 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)

Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road

“45 Years as a Jewish Genealogist: A Cranky Critique”
Speaker: Arthur Kurzweil

Based on his four and a half decades in the field, Arthur Kurzweil, author of From Generation to Generation, will explore the underbelly of the world of Jewish genealogy — our mistakes, our misbehavior, our sins of omission and our sins of commission — and he will offer some strong suggestions for the future.

Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots
JGSLI’s Annual Family History Workshop
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview

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.
Click here for more information!

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