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.


The SCJGS is the recipient of the IAJGS 2023 Member of the Year Award. This Award recognizes outstanding efforts to create a society that is accessible to members around the world. SCJGS embraced technology during the height of the pandemic and was able to thrive. The breadth of programming, as well as personalized mentoring and additional resources, give their geographically diverse membership resources to help improve members’ research abilities, regardless of skill level.

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

Login to our SCJGS Member-Only Page for access to:

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

October 15, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Ellie Vance, Genealogist

 Navigating Russian Records for the Non-Russian Speaker

Click here for the full program  

November 12, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Gary Pokrassa and Joel Spector

 The Alex Krakovsky Project: Navigating the Wiki

Click here for the full program  

November 19, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks

 GenealogyIndexer: Searching Historical Directories, Yizkor Books, and More

Click here for the full program  

December 17, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Lisa Alzo, Genealogist Specializing in Eastern Europe

 Finding Immigration and Naturalization Records: Advanced Strategies and Techniques

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