The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Invites you, your family and friends to its upcoming Program.
February 24, 2019 @ 10:30 AM


Election:  Part of the recent JGSO revitalization includes infusing our organization with new leadership.  A slate of candidates was chosen by a nominating committee named by the Board. It is now time for the membership to vote on these nominations.  Only members in good standing (members who have paid their dues prior to the start of this meeting) are eligible to vote.  Those who have not yet paid their dues should come in by 10:00 AM with cash, a check, or the ability to pay from their PayPal account to allow the Treasurer time to process the membership list prior to the election.  Dues remain a bargain at $23 a year for individuals and $30 a year for families.  You can also pay in advance at the PayPal website and entering jgsoregon@gmail.com in the Email or Name field.

Program:   Elinor Gollay will report on the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Conference she attended in Warsaw this past August and on her own genealogical travel experiences.  She will discuss how the conference brought her to a broader understanding of the many ways we can deepen our understanding not only of our personal family stories, but of Jewish history, through genealogy.   The conference offered a wide array of sessions on everything from how to use various tools to track your personal genealogy to sobering discussions of the impact of war, anti-Semitism and governance on our Jewish history.  The conference took place in Warsaw soon after Poland had passed a law constraining the way people there can discuss the role Poles played during the Holocaust.  This was a factor in many discussions.  In addition, there were many positive stories about the role that Poles played both during WWII to save Jews.  Today many actively assist in preserving Jewish heritage, including restoration and care of cemeteries and synagogues. Non-Jewish Polish people also have developed several educational organizations designed to inform the populace about the place of Jews in Polish history.  The world that was revealed during the conference was complex, disheartening, and uplifting.  It was, in short, life changing.

The program begins at 10:30AM. 
Doors open at 10:00 PM.  
We will have a Genealogy Help Desk available ½ hour before the program and also after the program to assist attendees with any questions you may have, so come prepared.  Linda Kelly and other JGSO members will staff the help desk.  This will be an ongoing feature based on requests from the survey many of you completed.

Cost: The program is free to JGSO members. We request a $5 contribution from non-members. That fee can be applied to a membership should you decide to join JGSO at this meeting.
Location: Congregation Ahavath Achim 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
JGSO President: Barbara Hershey
Contact JGSO: jgsoregon@gmail.com
Website: https://sites.rootsweb.com/~orjgs/
Phone: 971-266-0005

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We have a new webpage full of pictures!
 Check out Pictorial Oregon Jewish History

It currently has three sections - Jewish Businesses in Oregon, Jewish Activities in Oregon and Oregon Jewish History: South Portland. More photos will be added at a later date.

You may discover some of your relatives here.  The webpage can be accessed by the above link or from any JGSO webpage by clicking on the link in the Stories sidebar.

Photos are courtesy of Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
Feel free to comment on these photos at JGSOregon@gmail.com.

(Click on each photo for a larger image)

Recent Events

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