Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County
Trace your Jewish roots and discover your family's unique history

JGSBC Mission Statement

To educate, to promote and to preserve Jewish genealogical and family history knowledge and information.  To encourage the preservation of our Jewish heritage through an understanding of Jewish history and the Jewish family.  To achieve these goals by providing interesting and informative programs.
  1. To educate our members and the community about Jewish history, Jewish geography, genealogical research methods and information about related current developments.
  2. To provide opportunities for our members and the community to join together in an enjoyable way their mutual interest in Jewish genealogy.
  3. To assist our members and the community in their pursuit of their personal family genealogy.
  4. To collect, preserve, disseminate and publish knowledge and information on Jewish genealogy.
  5. To encourage the study of Jewish genealogy.

Operating Year: January - December 2024

Board of Directors
President: Nancy Wyman
Vice President: Deena Moss
Secretary: Rosa Pinsky
Treasurer: Bracha Susan Steinfeld
Director: Gilda Saul
Director: Susan Martin
Director: Vacant
Immediate Past President: Joyce Ben Ezra
Past President: Nancy Wyman
Past President: Brenda Feuer
Past President: Bob Koltnow
Past President: Michael Sofman


Founded in 1988 by Bernard Israelite Kouchel Z"l, JGSBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating genealogical information, techniques and research tools among people interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

In 2002, the organization was incorporated in the State of Florida as a Non-Profit by longtime member, H. Robert Koltnow, Esq. (Bob) and for many years our Board of Directors met monthly in the conference room of his law office.  

JGSBC is an integral part of a
global network of 75+ societies, all members of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Inc. (IAJGS), with 10,000+ individual members who are actively researching their Jewish roots.

MEETINGS:  Our meetings are held at the Diecke Auditorium at 5701 Cypress Road in Plantation, FL, or at the Stirling Road Library in Hollywood.  Meetings are generally on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month, if at Diecke, and on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month, if at Stirling Road Library.  We break for the summer.  Please review our Calendar of Events for current information.  Our society is very congenial and we are always enthusiastic about having new members with whom to share genealogical information.  Our meetings almost always feature an outside speaker, and we take great pride in the quality of our programming.  

OUR BIG WHY?  Genealogical research offers pleasures and insights which are unique. The desire which drives it is simple and undeniable: It is the curiosity of the child who asks, "Where did I come from?"

JGSBC is open to all interested in genealogy. While we do not do research for members, we show them how to explore the history of their family, and then dig deeper.