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Sunday, October 18, at Congregation Olam Tikvah, Fairfax, VA

Leon Taranto,
"History and Genealogy of the Jews of Rhodes and their Diaspora"

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Non-members/visitors are welcome to attend programs and we hope that you will join the society to receive all of the other benefits of membership.

  • Attend 8-10 monthly meetings in locations throughout the metro area (VA, MD and D.C.)
  • Participation in JGSGW workshops, including FREE Beginner's Workshops held twice annually.
  • Members receive a copy of the “JGSGW Membership Directory & Family Finder.”
  • Members-only use of the JGSGW genealogy library.
  • Members receive the JGSGW journal “Mishpacha” four times a year.
  • Discounts on JGSGW publications.
  • Participation in JGSGW trips, tours, and special events.

Meetings are held monthly in locations throughout the area (VA, MD and D.C.)


Meeting Calendar 2015-2016      


Sunday, October 18: Congregation Olam Tikvah - Fairfax, VA
Sunday, November 8: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Sunday, December 13: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Sunday, January 10, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Sunday, February 7, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Sunday, March 6, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Sunday, April 3. 2016: Beth El Hebrew Congregation - Alexandria, VA
Monday, May 9, 2016: Library of Congress (tentative)
Sunday, May 15, 2016: B'nai Israel - Rockville, MD
Sunday, June 5, 2016: Potomac Community Center - Potomac, MD


Guest Attendance Policy:  As of January 1, 2014, a non-member may attend the monthly JGSGW meeting as a Guest for a $5.00 fee payable at the sign-in table. The $5.00 Guest fee may be applied toward payment of annual JGSGW membership dues if dues are paid at the same meeting at which the guest fee was paid.  JGSGW members requiring personal assistance at a meeting due to a health condition or disability may bring someone to assist them free of charge.


The library will be open Wednesdays beginning in September from 11 AM - 2:30 PM by appointment and on Sunday, Oct 4 from 10 AM - noon. Will also be open Sunday Nov. 8 from 10 AM - noon prior to the JGSGW meeting.  We are open 3 PM - 4:30 PM after most JGSGW meetings at B'nai Israel. We are closed Jewish and Federal holidays. The Library is located in the Chod Media Center, B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville.

NARA held a Virtual Genealogy Fair in October 2014. Click here for details. NARA plans to have a Virtual Genealogy Fair in October 2015 - click here for details.


JGSGW members at IAJGS-2014 Conference, Salt Lake City
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Robin Meltzer, VP of Communications, has written an article on Sid Caesar and the name change at Ellis Island - that never happened. Read it here.

See Harold McClendon's regional genealogy event list for current information on regional conferences.

Many back issues of Mishpacha, our quarterly newsletter, are now available online. See the Mishpacha page for more information.

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