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, March 14, 2016
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!

"Genealogical Research in Israel: The Records and Databases of the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA)," presented by Garri Regev


Whether we know it or not, many of us have ancestors who immigrated to Israel and ancestors who emigrated from Israel to other countries. Please join us in welcoming Garri Regev, who will tell us about Genealogical Research in Israel, with particular emphasis on the records and databases contained in the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

Formed by a group of long-time Israeli genealogists, IGRA is a genealogy society that seeks to help Israelis, and people world-wide who are interested in Israeli genealogy and resources uniquely available in Israel, to further their research. Records in their database include early censuses, burials, government employees, and organizational members. You will also find numerous links to research in other countries such as South and Central America.

IGRA is bringing new technology, new energy and new excitement to genealogical research pertaining to Israel. You can access information, databases, connect with others, etc., by going to its website at: If you register for this site, you’ll receive increased access to IGRA’s databases and stay informed on the society's activities. Registration is free and doesn’t obligate you in any way. You can also join IGRA online and receive full membership benefits.



Garri Regev has lived in Israel since 1978, where she taught elementary education for more than 20 years. Garri has been doing genealogical research for over 20 years. She has lectured on genealogy to many adult groups including AACI, Hadassah, Touro College, the Central Zionist Archives (CZA), the National Library of Israel (NLI), EVA/MINERVA and IAJGS Conferences. Garri currently volunteers at the Israel Museum, at the CZA and also at the NLI Genealogy Center.

Garri is the founding president of Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) and is Past President of the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS). She currently serves as a Director-at-Large for the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and was the Vice-Chair of the 2015 IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem and co-chair of the program committee for that Conference. In addition, Garri volunteers at the Genealogy Center at the National Library of Israel and the Central Zionist Archives.

For more information, please e-mail


Download handout for February 8 meeting

Download handouts from past meetings.

April 11: Vivian Kahn
May 9: Ashley Bobman and Isaac Asoze
June 6: TBD


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