The Jewish Special Interest Group (J-SIG) of St. Louis Genealogical Society began in June 2005 as a revival of the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis, formerly associated with United Hebrew Congregation. It took a hiatus for 2016 through 2018 but returned as an active SIG in 2019, assisted by the Center for Jewish Learning/Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The St. Louis Genealogical Society’s Jewish SIG continues to be a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.


Meetings in 2021 for the Jewish SIG

Until it is safe for everyone to meet together in person, meetings for 2021 will be scheduled as online webinars. All meetings will be livestreamed and recorded. They are free and open to all. If you are on the Jewish SIG mailing list, you do not have to preregister for a livestreamed meeting. If you are not on the list and would like to be included, please send an email to at least four days prior to each meeting.


Sunday, 21 February 2021, 1:00 p.m. (Central)

Jewish Genealogy Questions and Answers

Our Jewish SIG leaders will be available to anyone with questions about doing their family history. If you have an unusual question, please send an email to by 15 February; otherwise, we encourage you to ask your questions and share your thoughts during the meeting.

Led by Jewish SIG leaders: Diane Everman, Phyllis Faintich, and Ilene Murray


Wednesday, 26 May, 7:00 p.m. (Central)

St. Louis Stories: Four Jewish Family History Case Studies

Former St. Louisan, Martin Fischer, will give a four-in-one presentation highlighting some fascinating anecdotes about his St. Louis family. You will meet Col. Abraham Slupsky, “The Most Famous Man in America;” Elda Slupsky Duke, accused of murdering her mother in the late 1930s; the Fischer family, owners of a dry goods store in Carondelet; and the Gogolinsky family of Warsaw, who became the Barney family of St. Louis. 

Featured Speaker: Martin Fischer, teacher, author, and editor


Wednesday, 25 August 2021, 7:00 p.m. (Central)

Techniques to Determine Ancestral Origins

(Rescheduled from 2020) Finding the shtetl or village from where your ancestors came is often challenging. The clues can sometimes be found in American records, and we will explore some options that can help in your quest.

Featured speaker: Ilene Murray, StLGS publications director and Jewish SIG co-leader


December 2020 Meeting Handout

Finding Your Ancestors at the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center

(This meeting was livestreamed only and not recorded. The handout will be available until mid-March 2021.)

The MHSLRC holds a wealth of resources that tell the stories of our St. Louis-area ancestors. Join us for an entertaining and informative look at the genealogical treasures stored at the Library and Research Center.

Featured Speaker: Dennis Northcott, associate archivist, MHSLRC

The handout for the December SIG meeting is here.

Jewish Newsletter

During its existence, the JGS of St. Louis had a monthly newsletter called Generations. Its first editors were founders, Art and Sylvia Jaffe. Then, for a brief time, it was edited by Gene Schneider, followed by Jerry Goldberg. In late 2000, Ilene Murray began her tenure as editor and remained in that position until the last issue, July 2005.

A complete set of all of the issues is available at St. Louis County Library Headquarters in the History and Genealogy Department and at the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center.

Electronic copies of issues from November 2000 until July 2005 can be found on this site. They are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format and can be downloaded, saved, and/or printed. To do so, click here for Jewish Genealogical Society Newsletters

Jewish Community

Click here for more information on the Jewish community in St. Louis.

Click here to go to the Jewish congregations page on this website, where you will find information about specific congregations and a growing set of marriage and death records.

Research Queries

Please address questions about Jewish research in St. Louis to J-SIG co-leader, Phyllis Faintich. You can reach her at .


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