25th Anniversary Celebration of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal

Andreas Schwab

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal jgs-montreal.org is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. The first meetings leading to the formation of the JGS of Montreal took place in late 1994, and the new Society was officially announced February 5th, 1995 (posted message).


Our Society is proud of its many accomplishments, and the 25th anniversary celebration will be a wonderful occasion to recognize all those who have played such an important role over the years.


The Society's founding executive was elected on February 2nd, 1995 under the leadership of President, Stanley Diamond. Our anniversary will be an opportunity to publicly acknowledge founding members who are still associated with the Society:

Stanley and Ruth Diamond

Merle Kastner

David Rinzler

Leonard Roth

Ray Whitzman


We also commemorate founding member and editor of the Montreal Forum journal, Anne Joseph Z"L who passed away in February 2020.


The JGS-Montreal serves a city with one of the oldest Jewish communities in North America. Since its founding, the Society has held more than 200 public meetings and regular workshops where members and the general public have been welcomed.


The JGS-Montreal has been able access an array of unique sources for genealogical research, not available in other provinces, states and most countries.  They include the only full extractions of the 1841 to 1942 Jewish vital records of Quebec (the only province/state where Jewish records were kept separately from civil records), Quebec Government marriage registrations and death indices up to 1996, several Jewish Who's Who volumes, Montreal Circuit Court naturalization records, the Keneder Adler Yiddish newspaper death notices, searchable on the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network and JewishGen, and the remarkable Canadian Jewish Review social announcements with highly detailed family information. These resources - many indexed by our volunteers - have enabled members of JGS-Montreal to provide a genealogical research service to family historians around the world with roots or ties to Montreal.


Through the dedication of our volunteers, especially Merle Kastner, Gary Perlman and Alan Greenberg, a database of  more than 60,000 Montreal area gravestones has been made available worldwide on, including 50,000 with photographs.


Ruth Diamond single-handedly indexed 600,000 Canadian Naturalization Records from 1914 to 1951. This data was transformed into a searchable database by Alan Greenberg and is an invaluable resource accessible by all researchers around the world through the Library and Archives Canada website.


The JGS-Montreal website features a Dashboard, created by Gary Perlman,  that vastly simplifies and expedites the search of a wide variety of data sources.


For information on these and other achievements of our Society please see  JGS-Montreal.org/link/Projects.


Our Society's 25th anniversary celebration will take place on:


Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

at the

Gelber Conference Centre

5151 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine,

Montreal, QC H3W 1M6.



Details of the celebration will be announced in the coming weeks. A dedicated web page will be available at JGS-Montreal.org/link/25th (under construction). 

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