On behalf of the Executive Committee and Board of Jewish
Records Indexing - Poland and all JRI-Poland volunteers, it is
with sincere pleasure we extend heartiest congratulations to
our colleague and friend, Mark Halpern on receiving the 2018
Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association
of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
Mark has been been an integral part of JRI-Poland leadership
for almost twenty years as a member of the JRI-Poland executive
committee and board. He has played in indispensable role as
Coordinator of the AGAD and Bialystok Archives Projects and
the JRI-Poland online order system.
In addition, Mark was president of the JGS of Philadelphia from
2003 to 2007, following which he became editor of Chronicles,
the JGS of Philadelphia journal. In 2009, Mark was Co-Chair of
the IAJGS conference in Philadelphia and Program Chair of the 2013
conference in Boston. He has filled every role with dedication,
wisdom and tireless effort.
It is certainly fitting that Mark was presented with the award in
Warsaw given his decades long leadership and contributions to
the indexing of the Jewish records of Poland as part of the
In recognizing and honoring Mark's lifetime of achievement, the
IAJGS has selected a most deserving member of the Jewish
genealogical community. We are beyond proud of Mark.
On behalf of the board of JRI-Poland