Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Inc.
Resource Center / Library General Info


The JGSGW genealogy library and resource center is located at the B'nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland 20852. It is co-located with the Chod Media Center on the second floor.

The collection consists of 3-ring binders, books, CDs/DVDs, fiche, maps, and periodicals (magazines and newsletters).  Additionally a few computers are available for you to do online genealogy research, although we do not have subscriptions.

Resource Center Hours

For Weekday access, please make prior arrangements with the Librarian to schedule time; we are closed Jewish and Federal holidays.  After most JGSGW meetings at B'nai Israel, the Library will be open 3 PM - 4:30 PM 
The Library is non-circulating -- for reference only, and is open to members of JGSGW and B'nai Israel members with a B'nai Israel library card.
Included in the collection are about 300 recorded lectures on subjects of particular interest to Jewish genealogists. Most of the lectures are about one-hour in length and may be listened to at one of the computer workstations located in the Chod Media Center.
Special appointments may be possible to arrange; to request an appointment, contact the JGSGW Librarian.


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Check out some of our great member only resources, like our DNA Boot Camp and our Surname Research sections. Don’t forget the member only files, which includes handouts from our recent speaker presentation. More to come soon!
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One of new features of the Resource Center will be providing our members with links to helpful web sites organized by research topics. Keep an eye out for this new feature, coming soon. In the meantime, if you have any web site suggestions, please feel free to reach out directly to our JGSGW librarian.
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Our Physical collection index is currently being updated. Our members can check out what has currently been added on the Physical Collection Tab. On the new index you will find entries and/or links for some of holdings to help you find copies of our holdings elsewhere in the case you can not physically access our library collections. If you need assistance finding a certain resource, please do not hesitate to contact our JGSGW librarian via email
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We are currently updating our “Library” to become a Resource Center to better serve our members with their genealogical resource needs.
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