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 general public regarding the “how to” of finding one’s roots. Please refer to our Program List Sept. 2014-June 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road

SPEAKER: Hadassah Lipsius“Jewish Records Indexing – Poland: Small Miracles Continue”
The Jewish Records Indexing - Poland online searchable database of indices to more than four million records has enabled researchers to trace their families' growth and migration inside Poland. Last year, JRI-Poland entered into a new agreement with the Polish State Archives that will have far-ranging benefits for tracing Jewish roots to Poland. Hadassah will outline recent developments in the PSA/JRI relationship, current indexing activity, online availability of actual images of records, newly discovered resources, and plans for the future. She’ll also describe new techniques for searching the database and how to navigate and utilize other features on the JRI-Poland website.

Sunday, April 26 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Mavens 1:30 p.m.)
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road

SPEAKER: 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.

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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