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Saturday, April 7, 2018
1:00 PM: Film, "Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews"

Sunday, April 8, 2018
10:00 AM "Using DNA in Your Genealogical Research" with speaker Jim Brewster, FamilyTreeDNA
1:00 PM
Schmooze and Maven Tables – nosh and ask questions of our JGSGW experts.

1:30 PM
"Tracing Crypto-Jewish Heritage" with speaker Daniel Diaz-Huerta

Click here for program information

Click for the Howard County schedule: April     May

Non-members wishing to join should go to our membership page and may pay via PayPal or check.
Renewing members who wish to pay via PayPal should go directly to the payment page.


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.)

  • In 2017, a Howard County chapter was established; meetings are held in Columbia, MD


Meeting Calendar 2017 - 2018  


April 7-8, 2018, Bender JCC, Rockville, MD
April 8 program - more detail
May 6, 2018, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, D.C.
May 7,2018, Library of Congress, D.C. (This event is free and open to the public)
June 3, 2018, Members Luncheon, Potomac Community Center, Potomac MD


  • Howard County Chapter:

          Monday, April 16, 2018      12:30 -1:30 PM
Eunice Scherr Blecker, "From my Grandmother's Lips"

          Monday, May 14, 2018      12:30 -1:30 PM
 Dr. Jeffrey Malka, "The Spanish Inquisition: Its History and Records"

            Instructor: Marlene Katz Bishow



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.


On September 10, 2017, Dr. Janette Silverman of AncestryProGrenalogists gave a presentation entitled “Ancestry.com: Tips and Tricks from a Professional Genealogist.”  Click here for the handout containing copies of her slides for reference.

JGSGW has established  a Howard County, MD, chapter. Click here for more information.

The 7th edition of Capital Collections is now available.

The JGSGW genealogy library 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 Library is non-circulating for reference only and is open to members of JGSGW and B'nai Israel. It includes access to Ancestry World edition, approximately 600 books, and 100 maps. A printer, copier, scanner is available. 

The library will be open from 3-4:30 following all meetings at B’nai Israel.  Hours prior to the meeting may also be possible. Please check with the

The library is open Wednesdays from 10:30 to 2 by appointment only. Other midday openings may also be possible.  To request an appointment, contact the

The library is closed on Jewish and federal holidays.  

The Donations page has been updated to include information on the IRA Charitable Rollover (Qualified Charitable Distribution).


JGSGW members at IAJGS-2014 Conference, Salt Lake City
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Many back issues of Mishpacha, our quarterly newsletter, are now available online. See the Mishpacha page for more information.

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