Established in 1985 as a registered charitable organization, JGS Toronto provides a forum for the exchange of genealogical knowledge and information through this website and also via its newsletter, Shem Tov, its collection of books at the Toronto Reference Library, regular monthly presentations, workshops and Special Interest Groups.

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Have no fear! Just go to www.jgstoronto.ca, log in with your username and password and then select Past Presentations and Workshops from the column at the right.  It’s that easy!  

See the note and link to the calendar page at the top of the past events page.  You can search by date.




Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE) https://ukrainianjewishencounter.org/en/

Ukrainians and Jews have lived as neighbours for centuries, creating and sharing enduring cultures that continue to inform their identities today. The Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE) is a Toronto-based privately organized, multinational initiative launched in 2008 as a collaborative project involving Ukrainians of Jewish and Christian heritages and others, in Ukraine, Israel, and the diasporas. Its work engages scholars, civic leaders, artists, governments, and the broader public in an effort to strengthen mutual comprehension and solidarity between Ukrainians and Jews.

Of particular interest to genealogists is UJE’s work to develop a “shared historical narrative” that provides an insightful historical account of the Ukrainian-Jewish relationship over the centuries. They produce resources, podcasts, educational materials, documentary films and other tools to provide an understanding of the history of Ukrainians and Jewish in the Jewish lands from antiquity to the present.

Check out Part 1 of a historical timeline from antiquity to 1914, that contains an integrated narrative of these two peoples in the belief that there is much to be gained by viewing their historical experience together, in all its complexity. https://ujetimeline.org/


Shem Tov

Our award winning quarterly newsletter has been published since our inception in 1985.  Past Issues are accessible to all our visitors.  Current Issues are only available to the members of JGS Toronto.

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