Welcome to the
Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

The SCJGS is a nonprofit organization which functions through the voluntary efforts of its membersOur purpose is to share and promote the preservation of genealogical information, techniques, and research tools with people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. 

Lectures and Events

We host monthly ZOOM lectures and presentations  with excellent speakers and  professional genealogists. The SCJGS  is a place to gain information and skills and to meet others who are interested in Jewish family research.

Programs are free for members, and $5.00 for guests. Guests are always welcome to attend our presentations by registering for an individual event. View our upcoming program HERE.


Anyone interested in Jewish genealogy is welcome to become a member regardless of skill level or geographic location. We welcome all members of all geographic areas as well as all research levels.

The SCJGS is committed to building a strong research member community.  We often host  additional meetings focusing on member research progress, hands-on mentoring for beginners, community meetings focusing on individual brick wall assistance, video watching with discussions and strategies that worked, research tips presented by our experienced members. 

To join SCJGS and learn more about membership benefits and how to become a member; please visit our Membership page HERE.

Member-Only Access

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Mailing List

Join Our Mailing List HERE to receive events and educational announcements.


Shorashim, the SCJGS newsletter, is published electronically three times per year and is free to SCJGS members. Click here for information on how to join the SCJGS. 

For questions or to submit ideas or articles, please email editor@scjgs.org.

Upcoming Events

December 18, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speakers: David Feldman and Paul Zoglin

Jewish Genealogical Records for Ancestral Towns in Belarus

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January 08, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Michael Morganstern

Using the “Forverts” (Jewish Daily Forward-) for Family Histor

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January 22nd, 2023 at 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz, Genealogist

“Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Records” 

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February 12, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Emily Garber, Genealogist

 Become an Expert: Create a Resource Guide

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February 19, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Lori Barnett

 Introduction to Jewish Genealogy: Where do I begin?

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March 12, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Janice Sellers, Genealogist

 Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree

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