The Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society is a non-profit volunteer organization established in 2021. SCJGS is a member of the IAJGS, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies affiliated with over eighty other Jewish genealogical societies.  Anyone interested in Jewish genealogy is welcome to become a member regardless of skill level or geographic location . We encourage our members to volunteer their skills and time to sustain and improve the organization.  

The objectives of the SCJGS are:

  • Host monthly presentation by excellent speakers and professional genealogists.
  • To share and increase awareness of genealogical information, techniques, and research tools with people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. 
  • To promote interest and personal engagement in genealogical research.
  • To provide instruction in research methodology, the utilization of resources and adherence to high standards of accuracy and thoroughness.
  • To foster careful documentation and scholarly genealogical writing and publication.
  • To promote the preservation of genealogical records and resources.
  • To hold meetings for the instruction and education of its members and the general public.
  • To build a member community, provide a forum.”genichat”, for member discussion and provide  hands-on mentoring, and brick-wall discussions and assistance.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time

Speaker: Gil Bardige

Updated: Help! I Just Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 11am Pacific Time Zone

Speaker:  Serafima Velkovich

The Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names and Other Sources at Yad Vashem

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Sunday, July 17, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time

Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider, PhD

Jewish Surnames from Eastern Europe

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Sunday, July 31st, 2022 at 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker:  Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

 “I Found My Village! Now What?” Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Resources 

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Sunday, August 14th, 2022 at 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Karen Franklin

 New Strategies in German Jewish Research

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 2pm Pacific Time and 5pm Eastern Time

Center for Jewish History’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Preserving your Family Photos and Documents: Resource Guide

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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.
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