Some of our ancestors Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
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JGSCO Officers

Debbie Schwartz - President
Debbie Schwartz HeadshotDebbie grew up in the midwest US with a single mom and three siblings, but no extended relatives.  From an early age, she was determined to find out who were those relatives that called occasionally but rarely visited; why one grandmother had six babies, but only one lived; and why certain topics were forbidden.  Debbie knew relatively little about her ancestry until 2010.  Since then, she's been able to acquire abundant evidence to about 1800 for most of her eight great grandparents, all of whom were born in Lithuania, Poland, or Belarus.  She moved from Boston to Boulder in 2011, taking her educational-publishing career with her.

Open - Vice-President Programs




Sue Millward - VP Membership


Arlene Baldwin - Secretary
Arlene Baldwin
Arlene is a native of Burbank, California.  She moved to Nederland. Colorado, in 1994 and now lives in Niwot, CO.  She has been interested in learning about her parents and their families since she was a child.  Knowing there were family secrets, Arlene quietly began digging for pieces of information in her early twenties.  In the winter of 2000, Arlene's maternal uncle located her and her older sister Bonnie and traveled to Colorado and Arkansas to bring the three of them together.  That was the first time Arlene saw a picture of her mother.
Since then, she has discovered her paternal family surname, her grandfather's name and place of birth and her great grandparent's names.  She is currently focused on researching her German, Polish and Russian ancestors.
Arlene retired from Human Resources management and administration and is the owner of Arlene's Glorious Alpacas, located in Loveland, CO.  She is planning on attending the IAJGS Conference in Warsaw, Poland in the summer of 2018.

Debbie Harris Johnson - Treasurer
Gail Marcus - Past President
Gail Marcus HeadshotGail is a retired French teacher who keeps her foot in the classroom door by substituting by request only and tutoring struggling students. She enjoys playing with her cat Fanny, traveling, doing crossword puzzles, reading, attending theater and the cinema and being politically active. She is relatively new to genealogy and began tracing her family just a few years ago.

Gail's Colorado roots began in 1882 when her maternal great-uncle, Charles Prezant, settled in Cotapaxi Colorado with around 60 other Jewish immigrants. The Cotapaxi Colony lasted only 2 years so Charles and his family moved to Denver. Twenty years later he sponsored his sister and brother-in-law, Yetta and Shea Levitt, and their very young family. Gail's bubbie and zadie came from Kovel, Ukraine and lived at 1528 Dale Ct., off of lower W. Colfax.

Gail's paternal grand-parents Celia and Charles Marcus came to Denver in 1905. They were early members of Temple Emanuel and owned a tailor shop at 925 E. 11th Avenue in Denver. Celia's brother, Morris Barmatz, was a patient at JCRS, which is why she and her new husband moved to Denver from the sweatshops of N.Y. The rest of her siblings weren't far behind! Celia's family is from Brest Litovsk, Belarus.