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About the JGSI

Society History


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1981 as a society dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors, and as a resource for the worldwide community to research their Chicago-area Jewish roots.

Our first newsletter, which later became the society’s journal, Search, can be seen here: Vol. 1, Number 1, Fall 1981

An article about the JGSI’s first decade can be found in the Fall 2011 issue of Morasha, the JGSI newsletter.


JGSI is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), the umbrella organization coordinating the activities of the many national and local Jewish Genealogical Societies (JGS) around the world.

Board Members

JGSI Board of Directors 2021 - 2023:

Your Board of Directors are elected for a two-year term: July 1st through June 30th

2021 Board meetings

JGSI Board meetings are open to members and are held at 6:45pm and are typically held at the Niles-Maine District Library in Niles, Illinois (in pre- and post-pandemic times. Zoom meetings, for now).

  • Contact info@jgsi.org to verify date, time, and location (or Zoom link).

Past Presidents

Our thanks to past presidents who laid the foundation and grew our organization.

  • Stuart Feiler z"l (Founding President)
  • Freya Maslov z'"l
  • Judith R. Frazin
  • Scott E. Meyer
  • Harriet Rudnit
  • Mike Karsen
  • Robin Seidenberg z"l (Co-President)
© 2023 JGSI | P.O. Box 515, Northbrook, IL 60065-0515 | 312.666.0100 | info@jgsi.org
JGSI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.