JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from September through June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. Our meeting location, since September 2013, is the LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 (in Factoria, just off I-90 and I-405). Occasional meetings will be held at the JCC on Mercer Island. Admission is free.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, June 12, 2017
at the LDS Factoria Building

  • Presentation starts at 7:15 PM
  • Doors open at 6:30 PM
  • Free admission and refreshments
  • Free Wi-Fi

Come early to use our extensive JGSWS library and network with other attendees. (Free access to pay-per-view websites is no longer available.)

"The American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee’s Archives and
What They Have to Offer Jewish Genealogists,"
presented by Linda Levi, Vice President of the JDC


Since its inception in 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC, popularly known as “the Joint”) has borne witness to the most pivotal events of 20th-century Jewish history. The holdings of the JDC Archives document the organization’s operations and activities overseas and serve as a record of life in Jewish communities around the world – including eyewitness accounts, correspondence, reports, logs, passenger lists, emigration cards, an astonishing collection of approximately 100,000 photographs, and much more.

Linda Levi will present examples of rich genealogical records, documents and photos of interest to Jewish genealogists with a focus on Jewish migration. She will show how to conduct research at the Archives and online, illustrate the new Archives website, and talk about the treasures that await researchers as records become more widely available.

As an aside, the JDC also provides rescue, relief, and rehabilitation services to Jewish communities and individuals in need worldwide



Linda Levi is Assistant Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, where she directs the JDC Archives, one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Ms. Levi is a graduate of New York University and received her MA in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. She has lectured extensively about the JDC Archives around the world, including at previous IAJGS conferences.

For more information about this month's program, e-mail


Download handouts from the April meeting:
The Julian Calendar and Why We Need to Know It
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman

Download handout from the March meeting.

Download handouts from past meetings.

September 11: Marcia Fine
October 9: Joel Weintraub


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