The Jewish Special Interest Group (J-SIG) of St. Louis Genealogical Society began in June 2005 as a revival of the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis, formerly associated with United Hebrew Congregation. It took a hiatus for 2016 through 2018 but returned as an active SIG in 2019, assisted by the Center for Jewish Learning/Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The St. Louis Genealogical Society’s Jewish SIG continues to be a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.


Upcoming Meetings for 2023

Jewish SIG meetings this year will all be a combination of in-person, hybrid, and via Zoom so please note the instructions for each meeting.

Click here for the 2023 J-SIG meeting flyer.

All Jewish SIG meetings are free and open to the public; however it is necessary to register, if you want to join a Zoom webinar. You do NOT need to register for any in-person meetings or to view the digital recordings that will be posted on this page. All meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. (Central)

Last Meeting for 2023


Sunday, 3 December 2023

Exploring Genealogical Resources at Washington University’s Libraries

Join interim Jewish Studies librarian, A. J. Robinson, for a glimpse at resources for Jewish genealogy research at Washington University’s libraries. This will include an overview of the yizkor books at Olin Library, information on how to search and access the collections, and a demonstration of HathiTrust Digital Libraries search strategies for identifying relevant sources in libraries across North America. This meeting will be Zoom only.

Featured Speaker: AJ Robinson, interim Jewish Studies librarian at Washington University

Registration for this meeting will open soon; please check back.

Recorded Meeting from Sunday, 27 August 2023

East Side Mishpachah: Jewish History and Family in Southwestern Illinois

Featured speaker: William Shannon, executive director of the St. Clair County Historical Society

Watch the recording here. Password for the recording is   4.=57Hj8

The handout for this meeting is here.


Recorded Meeting from Sunday, 25 August 2021

Techniques to Determine Ancestral Origins

Featured speaker: Ilene Murray, StLGS publications director and Jewish SIG co-leader

Watch the recording here. Password for the recording is d=s&M0*9

The handout for this meeting is here.

Jewish Newsletter

During its existence, the JGS of St. Louis had a monthly newsletter called Generations. Its first editors were founders, Art and Sylvia Jaffe. Then, for a brief time, it was edited by Gene Schneider, followed by Jerry Goldberg. In late 2000, Ilene Murray began her tenure as editor and remained in that position until the last issue, July 2005.

A complete set of all of the issues is available at St. Louis County Library Headquarters in the History and Genealogy Department and at the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center.

Electronic copies of issues from November 2000 until July 2005 can be found on this site. They are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format and can be downloaded, saved, and/or printed. To do so, click here for Jewish Genealogical Society Newsletters

Jewish Community

Click here for more information on the Jewish community in St. Louis.

Click here to go to the Jewish congregations page on this website, where you will find information about specific congregations and a growing set of marriage and death records.

Research Queries

Please address questions about Jewish research in St. Louis to J-SIG co-leader, Phyllis Faintich. You can reach her at .


Last modified: 28-Aug-2023 00:00