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Researching Jewish Families in America: Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource

June 25, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Join us for a primer on how to find synagogue records and what genealogical material they include. See examples and hear about JewishGen’s new Shul Records America: the first-of-its-kind inventory of American synagogue records.

Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time-consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. To make it easier, and in one place, JewishGen starts the search for you with Shul Records America. This new finding aid points to the location of American synagogue records. Launched in fall 2022 with over 500 collections held at 50 repositories or websites, about 20% include URLs for digitized materials. Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America also encourages congregations to preserve records with genealogical value. See

This one-hour program, conducted over Zoom, is free for members. This is one of the many activities that are a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.) Nonmembers may register to attend for a fee of $5.

Speaker: Ellen Kowitt is the Director of JewishGen’s USA Research Division and National Vice Chair of the DAR Jewish Specialty Research Team. She is past president of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Colorado and Greater Washington, DC, and she served for three years on the IAJGS board of directors. Ellen has published articles in Family Tree Magazine and Avotaynu: The International Journal on Jewish Genealogy. She has completed the ProGen Study Group, attends genealogy institute programs, and is a member of the Colorado Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists. For upcoming lecture dates or more information, visit


June 25, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
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Bethesda, MD 20816 United States
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