Pamela Weisberger, R.I.P.

pamela_weisbergerAcquaintances of Pamela Weisberger will be saddened to hear that she passed away this morning after a very brief illness.

Pam was a professional genealogist with a long list of accomplishments. She was the president of Gesher Galicia Inc. as well as 1st Vice-President & Program Chair of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, and was on the the Advisory Board of the Global Family Reunion.

She leaves her husband Ken, and her three children.


She was one of the first people I met when I started my genealogical research in 2006, and was very helpful. I’m just stunned. The world of Jewish genealogy has lost an intrepid friend.


JGSLA members have lost a great friend who helped many of us.


She was a bright light. She was knowledgeable, gracious, and happy to help anyone who approached her. We met because she was a Besser descendant and my cousins are too and she knew so much. Interacting with her was always a huge pleasure. I’m shocked and saddened and send condolences to her friends and family.


Dear Dick,

Thank you for posting this sad news.

Sorry to quibble, but Gesher Galicia ( is a not-for-profit organization. Pamela was the president, not the owner. Also, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies has no Vice-President of Programs. However, Pamela was program chair for an IAJGS conference in 2010.


Renee Steinig Board Member, Gesher Galicia


I had the pleasure of meeting Pamela for the first time this past June when she traveled to Seattle to address our JGS. She was an amazing, knowledgeable, fun speaker and it was obvious that she was an incredible resource to the Jewish genealogical community. We will feel her loss immensely.


So very, very sad. She helped me in more than one occasion in different ways. What a loss.
My condolences with her husband and children.


The Jewish genealogy community worldwide is in shock at the sudden passing of Pamela Weisberger, Gesher Galicia’s dynamic President & Research Coordinator for many years. We have lost an indefatigable researcher and lecturer, an esteemed leader and a cherished friend. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, September 30th, at 7:00 PM at the Bel Air Country Club, 10768 Bellagio Road in Los Angeles, California.


    Marcia D. Feinberg
    I am so very saddened to just learn of this news… Pam Weisberger was a wonderful President and a human dynamo and world-class ambassador, as far as I can fathom, for Genealogy in general…..oh wow….My sincere wishes for God’s Blessings on Pam Family, Colleagues and Friends and acquaintances, world-wide…I wish I could have met her in person….


This is a great loss. She was so helpful with my quest for answers, a bright and knowledgeable person. This is a great loss. My thoughts and prayers with her husband and kids.


She was such an upbeat person and made genealogy fun. I met her at the Boston and Salt Lake conferences at the Hungarian groups & we clicked right away. She was so curious about everything and invited me to fly from S.F. to L.A. to show my film “Budapest: An American Quest. A Family’s Journey to 1920s Hungary” to the group. I feel so sorry for her family and her many friends. RIP.


I am profoundly shocked and saddened at Pamela’s sudden passing. We were together at the IAJGS in Jerusalem where she encouraged me to present a short talk on Town Projects. Always generous with sharing her immense knowledge she will be a deep loss to the world of Jewish genealogy. My thoughts are with Ken and the kids.


I adored Pamela, and am terribly saddened to hear the news. She was among the very first people I met in the world of Jewish genealogy, and she was so special in so many ways. Her knowledge, her warmth, her graciousness, and what she gave to all of us are indelible gifts. I just saw her last month, and she was as vibrant as ever. My heart goes out to her husband, her children, and her entire family. She will be forever remembered and missed.


For more information on the celebration of life and how you can leave a message of remembrance, please visit


    I remember a line out of the movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, of “Cleopatra”…? when the character Marc Antony was killed, Octavius, nephew to Julius Caesar, announced……..Marc Antony is dead?…..this should be shouted out…..MARC ANTONY IS DEAD….all the world to know this…that is how I felt when my brother Andy Lind died in August 30, 1996… darling brother is dead and the world should know……he is someone to me and my Family…same with Pam Weisburger……..she was loved, as she did everything she could to announce/preserve/ground into Memory Jewish ancestry/existence in western Ukraine……no one will erase/efface this…..try as you will………


I am devastated on hearing of the passing of Pamela Weisberger. I met
Pamela only once, at The Genealogy Event in NYC in 2014. I was
fortunate to have had a private consultation with her. She was
extremely helpful to me in exposing me to Jewish Gen and JRI Poland
and getting me started on my search for my roots in Poland. My
condolences to her husband and children.


Pamela was beautiful inside and out, I met through my work at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People. We were dreaming about joint ventures and shared our vision of Jewish life. Our friendship was based on our love for the Jewish people. I am profoundly saddened to learn about her sudden death, I saw her last in Los Angeles about a month and a half ago. She was full of energy and plans for the future. Her vivid memory will be etched in my heart. My deep condolences are offered to her husband Ken and three children. May the light in her soul and her legacy continue to light our paths.

Shula Bahat
CEO, Beit Hatfutsot of America


I was totally shocked the other day when I opened my e-mail to see that Pam Weisberger had passed away. As secretary and a member of the program committee of JGSPBCI we had recently received an e-mail from her wanting to let us know that she would be in Florida in February, 2016, and offering to do another talk to our organization as she had done many times,
Also, through my cousin who is also a member of JGSLA Pam helped me to obtain information for my own research. She will be missed.
My condolences to her husband, children, and other family members. May she rest in peace.


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