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.


Click here for the 2019 J-SIG meeting flyer.

Meetings for the Jewish-SIG in 2019

Meetings are co-sponsored by the St. Louis County Library and the Center for Jewish Learning, Saul Brodsky Library, and are held four times a year, two at each location.

Sunday, 3 February 2019St. Louis Stories: The Jewish-Americans
1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Room 123, Jewish Federation Building, 12 Millstone Campus Dr. 63146

View an important film telling the stories of some Jewish St. Louisans. Stay for discussion afterward.

Moderated by Diane Everman, archivist at the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives

Wednesday, 29 May 2019Treasures Found in Legal Documents
7:00 p.m till 8:30 p.m., St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvid., 63131

Explore the valuable information about Jewish genealogy you can find in circuit and probate courts and in naturalization records.

Featured Speaker: Michael Everman, archivist, Misouri State Archives, St. Louis

Wednesday, 28 August 2019Interpreting and Caring for Jewish Tombstones
7:00 p.m till 8:30 p.m., St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvid., 63131

Learn how to interpret the dates and abbreviations often found on Jewish tombstones, how to understand the meaning of the shapes and artwork you may see on the stones, and how to best care for crumbling and aging stones.

Featured Speakers: Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman, Diane Everman, and Ilene Murray

Sunday, 8 December 2019Identifying and Preserving Photographs
10:00 a.m. till noon, Jewish Federation Building, 12 Millstone Campus Dr. 63146

Join us as noted expert on identifying and preserving photos, Maureen Taylor, comes into town to assist in pinning down clues in clothing, hair styles, backgrounds, etc. You are sure to pick up valuable tips from this noted genealogist.

Featured Speaker: Maureen Taylor, “The Photo Detective”

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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