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From the chairman...

The current pandemic has focused all our minds on how to protect the health of our members whilst keeping you engaged with Jewish genealogy.

Whilst social distancing and isolation prevent us providing our usual calendar of physical events, the Society is offering members online opportunities so that you may watch, listen, learn and participate in our regular activities as well as useful additions. We have already provided talks and workshops which have been joined by members - both our regulars and those who are not normally able to come to meetings. Recordings of these are available in the members’ area of the website.

We have also prepared a document “Hints and tips for Jewish genealogy research during coronavirus restrictions” which contains links to a wide selection of databases, websites, webinars, genealogy services and activities which can still be accessed.

The Society has a paid Zoom subscription for virtual meetings. A guide to using Zoom can be found HERE. As we all become more familiar with its operation, we will aim to provide a greater variety of activities and offer guidance to increase members’ learning experience. Check the Current Programme to see what we are offering.

We will send out an e-mail notice of our events to all members to allow you to register. To join a meeting on your computer, tablet or smartphone, click the “Join the Zoom meeting” link in the email confirmation of your registration. You can even join by phone if your computer does not have a video camera or microphone using one of the numbers listed in the notice. Please contact if you think that you are not receiving these e-mails.

We are also looking ahead to the easing of restrictions when we will be able to re-open our library and meet together again. We hope that we will be able to continue to stream our meetings so that a wider group of members can continue to attend them.


Leigh Dworkin

Chairman, JGSGB




Please refer to the Current Programme Page for latest information. Fantastic programme available.

Sale extended on All JGSGB Jewish Ancestors? Guides now £2.50 each
Other Books are also available to buy from the JGSGB Shopping Website. Visit the Bookshop to order your copy of the latest edition of the JGSGB Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Latvia & Estonia by Arlene Beare. The Guide is available (we are awaiting new stocks of the printed version) as a downloadable file, complete with clickable links to many, many websites.

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