Jewish Special Interest Group
|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.|
Upcoming Meetings for 2023
Jewish SIG meetings this year will all be a combination of in-person, hybrid, and via Zoom so please note the instructions for each meeting.
Click here for the 2023 J-SIG meeting flyer.
All Jewish SIG meetings are free and open to the public; however it is necessary to register, if you want to join a Zoom webinar. You do NOT need to register for any in-person meetings or to view the digital recordings that will be posted on this page. All meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Sunday, 11 May 2023
Introduction to the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum Research Center
We invite you to explore the new Archives and Research Center at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. Archivist Diane Everman will give a brief overview of the process of creating and moving items into the space and will then offer a tour of the facilities. Due to space restrictions, this meeting will be in-person only; there will be no Zoom recording.
Featured Speaker: Diane Everman, archivist, Jewish Archives and Research Center
Registration for this meeting will open soon.
Additional Meetings for 2023
Sunday, 27 August 2023
East Side Mishpachah: Jewish History and Family in Southwestern Illinois
Learn about the Jewish communities in East St. Louis and Belleville in this new presentation. You’ll also get tips and resources on researching your family’s roots in southwestern Illinois. Location for this meeting will be announced later.
Featured Speaker: Will Shannon, executive director of the St. Clair County Historical Society
Sunday, 3 December 2023
Exploring Genealogical Resources at Washington University’s Libraries
Join interim Jewish Studies librarian, A. J. Robinson, for a glimpse at resources for Jewish genealogy research at Washington University’s libraries. This will include an overview of the yizkor books at Olin Library, information on how to search and access the collections, and a demonstration of HathiTrust Digital Libraries search strategies for identifying relevant sources in libraries across North America. This meeting will be Zoom only.
Featured Speaker: A. J. Robinson, interim Jewish Studies librarian at Washington University
Recorded Meeting from Sunday, 5 February 2023
Getting the Most from Revision Lists
Featured speaker: David Brill, manager, Rovno District Jewish Records Project for JewishGen and coordinator of the Russian Interest Group of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Recorded Meeting from Sunday, 4 December 2022
Placing Your Ancestors into Historical Context
Featured speaker: Diane Everman, archivist and Jewish SIG co-leader
Watch the recording here. Password for recording is $4r0Y3i4
Recorded Meeting from Sunday, 25 August 2021
Techniques to Determine Ancestral Origins
Featured speaker: Ilene Murray, StLGS publications director and Jewish SIG co-leader
Watch the recording here. Password for recording is d=s&M0*9
The handout for this meeting is here.
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
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.
Please address questions about Jewish research in St. Louis to J-SIG co-leader, Phyllis Faintich. You can reach her at .
Last modified: 07-Feb-2023 09:21