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

October 23, 2022, 11am Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Dr. Leon Gershovich, PhD

Jews of Belarus: History and Culture

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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.

November 20, 2022, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Yefim Kogan

Advance Your Research in Bessarabia (Former Russian Empire, Moldova, Romania & Parts of Ukraine)

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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.

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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Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.
 January 22nd, 2023 at 1pm Pacific Time Zone Speaker: Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz, Genealogist  “Locating Vital Records in Poland Using Online Records”  Click here for the full program 
Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

 February 12, 2023, 1pm Pacific Time Zone

Speaker: Emily Garber, Genealogist

 Become an Expert: Create a 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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