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, December 14, 2015
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 the Family History Library computers and databases, as well as our extensive JGSWS library!

"Out on the Town: Are You from Mine?" A Social Event to Help Connect Cousins!


Our next meeting will be a fun social event and an opportunity for us all to mingle, compare surnames we are researching, and share information with others who may be researching the same geographical areas our ancestors came from. We will break up into smaller groups of these geographical areas to facilitate discussion and the sharing of research. Resources from our library and maps will also be provided for each of these regions. We’re hopeful that new cousins will be found!

To accomplish our goal for the meeting, we are asking that you fill out a brief survey selecting the countries that your Jewish ancestors came from. We will use the information to help us organize the evening.

The survey can be accessed through the link below. If clicking on the link doesn’t open the survey, please copy and paste it into your browser’s URL field. We would appreciate your response by Monday, November 30. The survey link is:

Please fill out and bring your "Surname & Locations List" handout from our last meeting to our December meeting to share. If you need a copy, please go to and Locations List.pdf and print it out: Bringing this information will make it easier for us all to compare surnames and specific geographical locations within countries.

We hope this meeting will be an initial step to a much larger project involving surnames, geographical interests and networking opportunities to connect members in 2016!

For more information, please e-mail


Download handout for November 9 meeting

Download handout for October 19 meeting.

Download handouts from past meetings.

January 11: TBD
February 8: Ron Arons


See the Events page.