2013-01-03 President Les Kelman Welcome Message

Since 1985, JGS Canada (Toronto) has been providing a friendly forum for persons with an interest in Jewish genealogy. The Society sponsors a regular monthly program (September through Jun) consisting of presentations on a broad range of topics of interest as well as workshops and seminars for groups of all ages in the Jewish communit

JGS Toronto also coordinates projects for the benefit of researchers here and abroad.  For example, the Toronto Jewish Cemetery Project has been instrumental in transcribing data and photographing headstones of Jewish cemeteries in the Greater Toronto Region and beyond.  The vast amount of information that has been collected (well over 100,000 entries) has been sent to the Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) and can be found at www.jewishgen.org.

In addition, the Society has its own Library Collection which includes important genealogical books, microfiches, magazines and journals from around the world.  The Collection is housed in the Gladys Allison Canadiana Room, on the 6th floor of the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto.  The Library Collection catalogue is available online here on our website.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto invites you to become a member so that you can participate with a wonderful group of like-minded researchers.  Please remember that there is always room for keen volunteers to make presentations, assist in the Cemetery Project, plan our programming etc.  We are presently seeking motivated individuals to sit on our board in positions such as Secretary and Treasurer.  Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in serving.

Les Kelman