Fishbein Associates, Inc.
The Board of Governors of JewishGen is pleased to announce that Sarina
Roffé, a respected family historian and journalist with a background in
communications and nonprofit management, has been elected unanimously
to a position on its Board. JewishGen is an affiliate of the Museum of
Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City.
Following her election, Rand Fishbein, Ph.D., a member of the Board's
search committee, commented, "The Board could not be more delighted to
welcome Sarina onto the JewishGen team. We will be looking to her for
fresh ideas on how to expand our programming and online resources to
include Jewish communities that, up until now, have been under-
represented in our work. Her knowledge and experience are sure to prove
invaluable as we look to expand our outreach activities."
Ms. Roffé is a member of Brooklyn's Syrian Jewish community and an
active member of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (of New York)
(JGSNY). She has published widely on themes connected with Sephardic
and Mizrahi Jewish genealogy and is a recognized authority on the
history and culture of Aleppan Jewry.
Ms. Roffé comes to JewishGen with wide experience as a writer and speaker
in the fields of marketing, fundraising, deaf education and public
relations. She served as President of the National Cued Speech Association
from 2002-2008 and as the Director of Public Affairs for the New York CityDepartment of Juvenile Justice >from 1996-2002. Currently, Ms. Roffé is the
Executive Director of the Shehebar Sephardic Center in New York, NY, a
nonprofit organization that fundraises for its rabbinical training program
in Israel, and support for schools and outreach centers in more than sixty
When asked how she felt about joining the JewishGen Board, Ms. Roffé said,
"It is both a great honor and opportunity to be asked to help guide this
important organization. I believe deeply in the richness and diversity of
our Jewish heritage and in the role family history can play in illuminating
our collective past. By providing our children with documentary proof of
their roots, we are grounding them for the future. I hope those who are
not working yet with JewishGen will consider doing so."
Observed Dr. Fishbein, "When we speak of 'Am Yisrael' we speak of one
worldwide Jewish community. It is the mission of JewishGen to strengthen
our community by providing family history researchers with easy access to a
wealth of online Jewish genealogical information. Jewish tradition teaches
that when we honor our ancestors we honor ourselves. By working together we
can achieve what none of us can do alone, the collection, preservation and
dissemination of Jewish family history. Having Sarina on our leadership
team brings us another step closer to realizing this important goal."
JewishGen, www.jewishgen.org, became an affiliate of the Museum in 2003. An
Internet pioneer, JewishGen was founded in 1987 and has grown >from a
bulletin board with only 150 users to a major grass roots effort bringing
together hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide in a virtual
community centered on discovering Jewish ancestral roots and history.
Researchers use JewishGen to share genealogical information, techniques, and
case studies. With a growing database of more than 18 million records, the
website is a forum for the exchange of information about Jewish life and
family history, and has enabled thousands of families to connect and
re-connect in a way never before possible. JewishGen is also the largest
provider of Jewish content to Ancestry.com.
About the Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Museum's three-floor Core Exhibition educates people of all ages and
backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past
century?before, during, and after the Holocaust. Special exhibitions have
included The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service, and Beyond Swastika and Jim
Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges. The Museum offers visitors
a vibrant public program schedule in its Edmond J. Safra Hall. It also is
home to Keeping History Center, an interactive visitor experience, and Andy
Goldsworthy's memorial Garden of Stones. The Museum receives general
operating support >from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.