In Memoriam


It is with a sad heart that JGSTB mourns the passing of Hugo Freudenthal. We knew knew Hugo as an member of JGSTB and the loving husband of Anita. We also knew Hugo as a pilot, speaker, inventor and engineer for NASA, member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Squadron, and a mentor to our daughter Michelle in her quest to become a Marine Biologist. Click here to read more about Mr. Fredenthal's accomplishments.



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. 


About Us


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.