Our Founders

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.

JGSPBCI Mission Statement & Objectives

  • Assist and promote the research of Jewish family history
  • Elevate the status and role in the Jewish and academic community
  • Encourage interested persons to pursue & preserve genealogical data
  • Engage in activities permitted as non-profit 501(c)(3)
  • Establish a scholarly organization preserving Jewish family histories
  • Provide opportunities for the sharing of Jewish genealogical information
  • Publish in the field of Jewish Genealogy

Partnership with IAJGS

JGSPBC is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. IAJGS is an independent non-profit umbrella organization coordinating the activities and annual conference of more than 75 national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world.

In 2001, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies presented us with

Copies of our workbooks are available at all branches of the Palm Beach County Library system.

National Recognition

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. (JGSPBC),  is a dynamic organization which has received national and international awards in recognition of its outstanding achievements in the advancement of genealogy.

Today, our award-winning society, with an active membership of over 300, is among the ten largest Jewish Genealogical Societies in the United States.

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