Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)

The purpose of this organization 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.

Mark your calendars. As soon as programs are finalized they will be added to this list, the website, and Venturing Into Our Past. Programs are subject to change – check JGSCV website www.jgscv.org.

Upcoming Events

Sunday afternoons starting at 1:30 p.m. Monday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m.
Programs co-sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim

CANCELLED – Sepharad Video (2019)  Portuguese with English subtitles 
*Due to COVID-19*
Monday, April 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
1 hour 30 minutes

In 1496, King D. Manuel prohibited Judaism. 400 years later, Barros Basto, a Portuguese army captain converted to Judaism, and about twenty Jewish merchants founded the Jewish Community of Oporto, in the north of Portugal. Soon this community was shaken by news that there were descendants of 15th-century Jews in a number of Portuguese villages.

A Survivor’s Story: Surviving 5 Concentration Camps and the Death March
Sunday, May 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Annual Yom Hashoah Program

Speaker: Michael Mark is a survivor of 5 concentration camps during World War ll and the death march. He has been married to his wife Sally for 65 years.

Michael Mark was 17 when his family was forcibly separated before being taken to concentration camps in Germany. He’d never see his mom again. Mark lived in the village of Norschaping with his family when the Nazi-aligned Hungarian government took control of portions of Czechoslovakia. Mark hid his family’s jewelry and money in a jar in their backyard before his family was taken to smaller camps in nearby cities, transported in cattle cars by train—to Auschwitz. He was skin and bones when the American soldiers found him. Mark now 94 will tell his story for JGSCV’s commemoration of Yom Hashoah.

TBA   
Sunday, June 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m.