In 1990 Alfred M. Silberfeld formed the Delray Genealogy Club with 3 members. In 1991, Mona Freedman Morris arrived in Florida from New Jersey and formed the Jewish Genealogical Society. Armed with a list of names of subscribers from Avotaynu's Gary Mokotoff, Mona found Al. The first planning meeting took place at Mona's kitchen table. Included were 10 people (a minyan) and a good omen.
Under the energetic leadership of co-founders Morris and Silberfeld, the ten member society expanded rapidly.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. (JGSPBCI), now celebrating its 24th year, is a dynamic organization which has received national and international awards in recognition of its outstanding achievements in the advancement of genealogy. Membership is open to everyone regardless of religion.
JGSPBCI meets the second Wednesday of each month, September-May, 12:30 PM at the South County Civic Center, Delray Beach. Brick Wall Sessions begin at 12:30 PM. Special Interest Groups (SIGS) meet at 11:30 am.
Today, our award-winning society, with an active membership close to 300, is the fifth largest Jewish Genealogical Society in the United States.
In 2001, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies presented us with the Outstanding Programming Award; and, in 2003, we were awarded the Best Publication Award for our Beginners and Intermediate Genealogical Workbook, which is now available at several resource centers in the Palm Beach County Area. Copies of our workbooks are available at all branches of the Palm Beach County Library system.
Our mailing address is:
Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
P.O. Box #7796
Delray Beach, FL 33482-7796
JGSBPCI is a 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Organization under the U.S. IRS Code