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Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History


Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History is a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.

The mission of JG&H is to collect, preserve, and put forth knowledge and information regarding Miami Valley Jewish genealogy and history, to assist with and promote research of Miami Valley Jewish genealogy and history, and to provide opportunities for sharing Miami Valley Jewish genealogical and historical information with the community.

Share your memories and images of Jewish life in Dayton and across Ohio’s Miami Valley at our popular Facebook group.

Upcoming Event

Jewish Dayton in the Roaring ’20s
A brunch discussion with Marshall Weiss 

Sunday, January 26
9:45 – 11AM @ Temple Israel

We made Kiddush during Prohibition. Americanized Judaism. Battled immigration restrictions. Debated Zionism. Fought prostitution and the Klan. And you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

Nosh on brunch as Marshall Weiss, editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer and author of Jewish Community of Dayton, shares stories he’s unearthed of how Dayton’s Jews navigated tradition and modernity in a decade with challenges surprisingly similar to those we face today.

$7 per person, payable at the door. RSVP to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton at (937) 610-1555 by January 22.

Presented by Temple Israel’s Ryterband Lecture Series, Beth Abraham Synagogue Sunday Brunch Speaker Series, in partnership with Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History.

This event is presented in memory of Marcia Jaffe.

We preserve and celebrate the history of the Dayton area Jewish community

  • Your clearinghouse for queries about local Jewish genealogy and history
  • Resources & programs to help you in your search
  • Acquisition, preservation, dissemination, promotion and overall celebration of the Jewish history of Ohio’s Miami Valley region
  • Oversight of Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Archives Collection at Wright State University
  • Referrals to genealogists for in-depth research
  • Jewish genealogy library at Jewish Federation office
  • Join our popular Facebook group, Growing Up Jewish In Miami Valley, Ohio

Advisory Committee
Samuel N. Dorf, Ph.D., Chair
Molly Blumer • Diana Nelson • Sandy Schoemann • Pamela Schwartz
Marshall Weiss, Project Director (mweiss@jfgd.net)

Upcoming Events

Thu 24

YAD Virtual Happy Hour

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 14

JFGD and Agencies LIFE & LEGACY Thank You Event

October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Oct 21

JFGD Board Meeting

October 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nov 08

Comparing Jewish Resources on the Genealogy Giants

November 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Beth Abraham Synagogue
305 Sugar Camp Cir.
Dayton OH

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