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About the JGSI


The By-Laws of Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) require the President of the organization to present a "State of the Society" at the last general meeting of the fiscal year. In lieu of any presentation, you can read about the state of the society here.

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.


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

Board Members

JGSI Board of Directors 2023 - 2025:

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

Board meetings

JGSI Board meetings are open to members. They are not always on the same day of the month, but they are typically held over Zoom at 7:00 pm during the first week of the month. Contact president@jgsi.org to verify date, time, and Zoom link.

Past Presidents

Our thanks to past presidents and co-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)
  • Wendy Hauser (Co-President)
  • Debbie Kroopkin (Co-President and President)
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JGSI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.