The purpose of JGSCV is to provide a society for persons interested in Jewish genealogy; to encourage interest in Jewish genealogy; to provide educational genealogical programs; to develop and execute genealogical projects; to serve as a service and support group for genealogical libraries and historical associations; and to provide a center for the exchange of surnames and genealogical material.
The JGSCV meets 10 times a year, usually on a Sunday afternoon at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. The meetings provide a mix of lectures, workshops and films geared to assist genealogists in searching for their Jewish roots. One meeting a year is an exclusive to JGSCV members at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center where expereinced genealogists assist members with their research. All other meetings are open to the entire community.
Anyone may join the JGSCV. The meetings also provide the opportunity to network with others researching the same areas and history. We have a monthly electronic newsletter “Venturing into Our Past” covering genealogical hints, references, and future meeting notices.
JGSCV has two non-circulating libraries of Jewish genealogically relevant reference books, maps, and journals. One library is housed at the reference desk of the Agoura Hills Library a branch of the LA Co Public Library located at: 29901 Ladyface Ct, Agoura Hills. The traveling library comes to each meeting so that attendees may use the books 30 minutes before and after the meeting. A list of books, newsletters & journals for both libraries is located on the JGSCV website www.JGSCV.org.
Membership in JGSCV is $25 per calendar year per person or $30 for a family of two residing in the same location.