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 2024

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 2024 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)

Next Meeting

Sunday, 2 June 2024


J-SIG Meet and Greet

Come spend some time at the StLGS office. Get acquainted with the facility, meet with the other participants and SIG leaders to ask your questions, check out the StLGS website, and see what’s for sale at the Trading Post. This meeting will be in-person only. No registration will be necessary for this meeting, but more information and directions to the StLGS office will be posted in April.

J-SIG Leaders: Phyllis Faintich, Ilene Murray, and Carol Waggoner


Remaining Meetings

Sunday, 25 August 2024

St. Louis Jewish Newspapers

Did you know that there once were more than a dozen newspapers in St. Louis that had direct relevance to the Jewish community? We’ll explore the history of St. Louis Jewish newspapers, learn more about their contents, and most importantly, let you know where they are and how to access them. This meeting will be hybrid.

Featured Speaker: Ilene Murray


Sunday, 1 December 2024

Jewish Genealogy Resources at the St. Louis County Library

Discover the resources available for tracing your Jewish family in the History & Genealogy Department at the St. Louis County Library, including books, periodicals, newspapers, local history indexes, and more. This meeting will be hybrid.

Featured Speaker: Robin McDonough

Recorded Meeting from Sunday, 4 February 2024

Jewish Foodways, 1870–1930

Featured speaker: Margi Lenga Kahn, culinary arts educator and food columnist

Watch the recording here. Password for the recording is q4y&UV5B

The handout for this meeting is here.


Recorded Meeting from Sunday, 3 December 2023

Exploring Genealogical Resources at Washington University’s Libraries

Featured speaker: AJ Robinson, interim Jewish Studies librarian

Watch the recording here.  Password for the recording is   nfNP%j39

There was no handout for this meeting.


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 the recording is d=s&M0*9

The handout for this 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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