Preserving the Past & Enhancing the Future

About Us
President's Message 

When I was a boy growing up in Miami, I was fortunate to be surrounded by family who shared their rich history. This sparked my lifelong interest in genealogy and Jewish history, leading me to become active in Memphis' Jewish Historical Society (JHS). I'm excited to take over as president from David Ross, who accomplished much during his tenure.

 As president, my priorities include continuing our in-depth, enriching programs. We'll maintain live programming with great speakers and continue to include Zoom programs, a successful approach we discovered during Covid.

 I'm also committed to enhancing Jewish genealogy within JHS. Plans are underway to establish a permanent genealogy committee and join the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, benefiting all JHS members.

 Modernizing JHS' technology is another focus. We've implemented a new online membership management software program, making it easier for members to engage with us, renew memberships, make donations, and register for programs.

 We're also working on digitizing our multi-decade oral history project, using artificial intelligence tools to make the content searchable.

 Lastly, I'm enthusiastic about working with our wonderful volunteers, who have dedicated themselves to our organization's projects. Their efforts are invaluable, and I look forward to collaborating with them

Greg Siskind

President of the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South