Next Meeting - Sunday May 16, 2021
The next JGSTB meeting will be Deciphering Jewish Tombstones: A presentation that will focus on building skills in understanding an inscription's context, determining the accuracy of the information presented, Jewish naming conventions, recognizing Kohain and Levite status and symbols, identifying rabbinic status, interpreting honorifics, and understanding Hebrew calendar dates and abbreviations by Robin Metzler. Click Here for More Information
Long-time JGSTB members Bill and Sally Israel have been honored as Lightning Community Heroes by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation. This honor was bestowed upon Bill and Sally on April 4, 2021. Click here to read more. They donated their award of $50,000 to Gulf Coast Jewish Community and Family Services Food Pantry, which now bears their name. Watch a video posted by GCJFCS that features Bill and Sally.
Due to the COVID-19 response, JGSTB in-person gatherings are on hold. But that doesn't mean we have to put our genealogy research on hold. We are currently holding online gatherings via ZOOM. Please reference our Upcoming Events on our home page for dates and times.
Beyond our Zoom meetings, please stay in touch with us by visiting our website frequently. Become a member and have access to members-only research resources. Click here to become a member.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay (JGSTB), founded in 1999 by a group of interested individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area, brings together those who have an interest in learning how to research their Jewish family roots.
Our mission is very simple. We're here to help YOU accurately identify and document members of your family.
We are a member society of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, an umbrella group of more than 70 organizations representing more than 9,000 members worldwide. We are a non-profit 501(3)(c) educational organization under the Internal Revenue Code.
Our activities include the following:
Facilitating exchange of research information
Encouraging and coordinating research activities
Educating members to help themselves and others
Acquiring and organizing research materials
Arranging genealogical programs and meetings
- Arranging genealogical tours
We meet once a month (excluding July and August) at the offices of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services in Clearwater. Please feel free to join us at our next meeting to learn more about our society.