Welcome to the website of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto (JGS Toronto) where you can read about many of the programmes and resources that we have to offer.
First of all, I must say that I am very honoured and pleased to have just taken on the role of President of JGS Toronto, one of the many societies under the umbrella of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. I would like to congratulate our new Executive and Board members and thank these individuals for assuming their roles of responsibility. Our Society, which was founded in 1985 as the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto), is a totally volunteer-run organization of about 160 keen genealogists. In fact, we exist by and for our members.
This website will show you what JGS Toronto has to offer to members and non-members, locals and those from afar, to help them research their family histories. Given our home location, we do try to present a Torontonian and Canadian focus.
Over my fifteen years as a JGS Toronto member, I have found that our members, a collegial group of people, are our biggest resource: many have become experts and are most delighted to assist others in their genealogical research.
Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly programmes and use many of the resources posted to this website, and everyone is also welcome to become a member. Those who join our Society do have the benefit of receiving Shem Tov (our quarterly newsletter), of joining our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and of viewing postings at the Members section of this website. Also, members can become involved by volunteering their talents to JGS Toronto to keep it perpetually relevant and vital for genealogists. Many thanks to those of you who have already stepped up to help out!
I look forward to meeting many of you at future events of JGS Toronto.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
President, Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto