"I don't believe my eyes!..this is unbelievable...I am moved beyond words." #poland

Stanley Diamond

Dear friends of JRI-Poland:

On December 7th, we asked you - our researchers and supporters -
to remember JRI-Poland in your year-end giving plans.

The response has been very generous and we thank you for your
continued support to enable JRI-Poland to expand its database
with additional record entries for your town(s).

Many of you have also supported our General Funds request as
well as our Next Generation website and data management
development project. Thank you for that vital support as well.

But, my expression of appreciation does not really reflect the
content of the subject line of this post, words we have heard
so many times, in one form or another.

In the last weeks, we have received many notes of appreciation
from our fellow genealogists mentioning how JRI-Poland's
database and tireless volunteers have helped them in their
research. Those messages are certainly not unusual.

But sometimes, these emails and phone calls are so powerful that
you can almost see the tears between the lines and most
certainly hear the sobs on the other end of the line. All
because of the unknown that was uncovered, the details of family
who perished - hidden by the researcher's survivor parents
come to light and with it the understanding of why their parents
thought it better that they never learn the truth.

Then there are the screams of joy of finding a close relative
when they heard all their lives that everyone had perished.

I would like to mention just two of the emotional messages we
have received this month. Please share our nachas.

A few weeks ago, I received this email >from DR in Ontario:

"I awoke at 4 am unable to stop the images in my head.
That's when I found your new message (with the specific details).

Once again, I'm moved beyond words.

from thinking myself a solitary leaf fluttering in the wind,
I'm now picturing roots.

Thank you >from the bottom of my heart."

And then days later, as more was revealed, she added:

"Oh, my G/d, this is beyond my wildest expectation.
I'm in an emotional tailspin. Do you know how I feel
going >from nothing to discovering that I can actually
be rooted to a living tree? This is earthshaking for me."

Five days ago, AF >from Massachusetts wrote:

'I simply cannot thank you enough for making this
unbelievable treasure trove of information available
to me and my family.

To add to these meaningful messages, in the last few weeks when
making their year-end donations, many of you have sent separate
emails to let us know how important JRI-Poland has been to your
research and for some, reminding us as to how in the past
JRI-Poland has resulted in life-changing discoveries.

As I wrote at the very end of last year, "no matter how often we
receive such notes of appreciation, I know I speak for the entire
JRI-Poland leadership when I say we are always touched to know
that we have made a difference."

To all of you who have generously supported us this month and
in the past, we thank you again. To researchers who have not yet
made a donation to JRI-Poland, please take a moment to consider
doing so before the year end. No donation is too small.

The JRI-Poland online donations page can be found at:

Please note: Jewish Records Indexing - Poland is an independent
non-profit organization with its own administration, volunteers
and fundraising. As a courtesy to researchers, JRI-Poland allows
its data search results to be displayed on JewishGen's All=20
Poland Database.

Best wishes for 2020 to all our friends. May it be a year of
health for you and your families and continued success in
all your endeavors.

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director
On behalf of the Board of JRI-Poland

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