About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon (JGSO) is devoted to developing, preserving, and distributing Jewish genealogical knowledge and materials to others who may be searching their Jewish roots.  We use print and electronic resources, as well as our ties with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). One of JGSO's aims is to share resources, techniques, and data for researching family histories, both locally and worldwide, with other individuals and genealogical organizations.  Click here to read the JGSO Bylaws.

JGSO maintains an e-mail distribution list to which we post meeting notices, notices about JGSO activities, and other information of interest to Jewish genealogy researchers. Send e-mail to jgsoregon@gmail.com for a free subscription to the distribution list.

JGSO maintains a library at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, Oregon 97201. The holdings include more than fifty basic works about finding Jewish ancestors, newsletters from around the world, microfiche data published by Avotaynu, The International Journal of Jewish Genealogy, and back issues of Avotaynu.  Access to the Library's resources is free to all.  There are also 128 Yizkor books that can be accessed through the Portland State University library,

The JGSO Board is elected by the membership each year. 

President, Programs
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Barry Kast, Treasurer
Secretary and Shalshelet (newsletter) Editor


Membership and Board Member
Julie Welch, At Large Board Member
Rochelle Silver, At Large Board Member
Nancy Tauman, Librarian


For additional information,  e-mail JGSOregon@gmail.com  or write to Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon, P.O. Box 19736, Portland, Oregon 97280.  You may also call 971-266-0005 and leave a message.

To become a member or find out more about membership, go to our membership page.