“I don’t believe my eyes!.. “this is u #poland #ciechanow

Stanley Diamond

Dear friends of JRI-Poland:
On December 7th, we asked you - our researchers and supporters =E2=80=93=20
to remember JRI-Poland in your year-end giving plans.=20

The response has been very generous and we thank you for your=20
continued support to enable JRI-Poland to expand its database=20
with additional record entries for your town(s).=20

Many of you have also supported our General Funds request as=20
well as our Next Generation website and data management=20
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=20
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=E2=80=99s=20
database and tireless volunteers have helped them in their=20
research. Those messages are certainly not unusual. =20

But sometimes, these emails and phone calls are so powerful that
you can almost see the tears between the lines and most=20
certainly hear the sobs on the other end of the line. All=20
because of the unknown that was uncovered, the details of family=20
who perished =E2=80=93 hidden by the researcher=E2=80=99s survivor parents=
come to light and with it the understanding of why their parents=20
thought it better that they never learn the truth. =20

Then there are the screams of joy of finding a close relative=20
when they heard all their lives that everyone had perished. =20

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: =20

=E2=80=9CI awoke at 4 am unable to stop the images in my head.=20
That=E2=80=99s when I found your new message (with the specific details). =
Once again, I=E2=80=99m moved beyond words.=20

from thinking myself a solitary leaf fluttering in the wind,=20
I=E2=80=99m now picturing roots.=20

Thank you >from the bottom of my heart. =E2=80=9C=20

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

=E2=80=9COh, my G/d, this is beyond my wildest expectation.=20
I=E2=80=99m in an emotional tailspin. Do you know how I feel=20
going >from nothing to discovering that I can actually=20
be rooted to a living tree? This is earthshaking for me.=E2=80=9D
Five days ago, AF >from Massachusetts wrote:

=E2=80=9CI simply cannot thank you enough for making this=20
unbelievable treasure trove of information available=20
to me and my family.=E2=80=9D

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=20
research and for some, reminding us as to how in the past=20
JRI-Poland has resulted in life-changing discoveries.=20

As I wrote at the very end of last year, =E2=80=9Cno 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.=E2=80=9D

To all of you who have generously supported us this month and=20
in the past, we thank you again. To researchers who have not yet=20
made a donation to JRI-Poland, please take a moment to consider=20
doing so before the year end. No donation is too small.=20

The JRI-Poland online donations page can be found at:=20

Please note: Jewish Records Indexing - Poland is an independent=20
non-profit organization with its own administration, volunteers=20
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=20
health for you and your families and continued success in=20
all your endeavors.

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director
On behalf of the Board of JRI-Poland =20

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