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Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia
JGSGP was founded in 1979 by a small group of individuals interested in researching their Jewish heritage. Since then, the membership of the society has grown to approximately 250 people. While the majority of the membership resides in the greater Philadelphia area, a considerable number of members are from across the USA, Europe and Israel.
The Eighth National Seminar on Jewish Genealogy was held in Philadelphia in 1989, sponsored by JGSGP. Since then, the society has also been an active participant in many local genealogical seminars and workshops.
General Meetings of JGSGP usually occur on the second Monday of each month, unless there is a Jewish holiday. The Winter meetings (December and February) are usually held on the second Sunday in the afternoon. No meetings are held during January, July and August. The meetings are held at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road (US Route 611 and PA Route 73), Elkins Park, PA 19027 beginning at 7:30 PM. These well attended meetings are usually addressed by outstanding speakers in the field of Jewish Genealogy.
JGSGP is a non-profit organization and functions through the voluntary efforts of its members, all of whom are encouraged to participate. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, in accordance with the By-Laws of JGSGP.
The objectives of JGSGP are:
To collect, preserve and disseminate Jewish genealogical information and knowledge
To promote interest in Jewish genealogical research
To stimulate and provide instruction in the use of research methodology and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness
To foster careful documentation and to promote scholarly writing and publication
To promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources
To hold meetings for the instruction and education of its members and the general public