The mission of the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society (TJGS)  is to share genealogical information, techniques, and research tools with people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

While the majority of its members reside in the greater Chapel Hill/Durham/Raleigh area, the TJGS welcomes members from anywhere in North Carolina, the region, or the U.S.  All members are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the operation of the Society. Anyone interested in Jewish genealogy, regardless of religion or heritage, is welcome to become a member.

TJGS is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies worldwide. TJGS is also a member of the North Carolina Genealogical Society.

TJGS includes members with a broad-range of genealogical skills and knowledge who are willing to share information with both the beginning and experienced researcher.  We welcome you to join us and other members of the TJGS on this incredible journey of finding family origins and history as well as new friends.

Deborah H. Long
President, TJGS, 2012-2014

Why Jewish Genealogy?

Arthur Kurzweil, a noted scholar and Jewish genealogist, once wrote:

 “The Talmud says that when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, the survivors of that cataclysm had to say to themselves, "What are we going to do? Is this the end, or do we rebuild?" The Talmud says that when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, then the Jews did their family trees. ….Sometimes if you want to go forward, you first have to go backward. You see where you are coming from, and you know where you are going. Thank God we are here today as Jews, because our ancestors who survived that cataclysm did their family trees....

I think we genealogists have found out what to do with the Holocaust. We remember names. When the Nazis rounded us up, they took away our names and they gave us numbers. What we are involved with doing is taking away the numbers and giving them back their names. And I believe that in the same way that the Talmud says that when the Temple was destroyed, they rebuilt by doing their family trees, in our generation we have the same task. As a rebuilding generation, we are doing our family trees to rebuild, to put the pieces back together again, to take that shattered people and to bring them back together again. Our work is mitzvah work.”

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