Current Projects

Seeking Kin – The Jewish Advocate

One of our JGSGB members found many ads “Seeking Kin” in The Jewish Advocate from 1916 to 1980.  These ads were placed by agencies assisting recent Jewish immigrants in finding family and friends.

People are needed to take the information from these ads and enter it onto a prepared Excel spreadsheet. The information includes names of people, dates and places. Everything is in English.

To help, email  jaffer @

Cemetery Project

The objective of this project is to list all burials in Massachusetts Jewish cemeteries on the Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) sponsored by JewishGen.  Photographs of many headstones have been taken and the images put on CDs.
We need transcribers to take the information from the CDs and enter it into the prepared Excel spreadsheet. “How-to” directions have been prepared by JOWBR.  You don’t need to know Hebrew.

We are also looking for photographers if you prefer working outdoors and taking photos of headstones.

If interested in any part of the Cemetery project write to: cemetery @

Yahrzeit Memorial Plaque Project

On the walls of synagogues throughout Massachusetts, there are thousands of Yahrzeit memorial plaques in memory of deceased loved ones. Currently, JGSGB volunteers have completed photographing and transcribing over 20,000 of these Yahrzeit plaques from 36 synagogues/institutions in Massachusetts. However, there are thousands more that still need to be photographed and/or transcribed.

The information from these plaques will be published on JewishGen where the database will be searchable by everyone for free.

Transcribers are needed to enter data from the plaques, such as the name and date of death in English, name and date of death in Hebrew (if able to translate), and the ID number of the photograph.

Read the story of JGSGB’s Memorial Plaques Project

If you would like to participate in the Yahrzeit memorial plaque project, write to: Rosen @

Landsmanshaftn Research Project

JGSGB is starting a project to gather information on the Landsmanshaftn that existed in the Greater Boston area. Landsmanshaftn were mutual aid and social organizations organized by immigrants who came from a common hometown, city or region in Europe. The designated town often included the surrounding villages.  Landsmanshaftn engaged in various services such as organizing free loan funds, buying cemetery lots, writing Yizkor books to commemorate their hometowns, and raising funds for their landsleit (compatriots) in Europe at times of need.

We are hoping that many of our members with Boston-area roots have memories and knowledge of the Landsmanshaftn that their parents, grandparents or neighbors belonged to, or that were active in their neighborhoods.

Deanna Mirsky would like to speak with you about your recollections. We’re betting that there’s a wealth of knowledge among our members whose ancestors belonged to local Landsmanshaftn!

We will also be doing archival research to identify and gather information on local Landsmanshaftn.

If you would like to share your recollections or help with research, contact landsmanshaftn @