Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia and The Museum of the Jewish People Announce A Strategic Partnership #galicia

Groll, Avraham

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL / NEW YORK, NY -- and The Museum of
the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot announced a strategic partnership
today, bringing together two of the Jewish world's most iconic names for
innovation in advancing online genealogy and identity exploration. The
partnership envisions the that the family tree collections held by both
parties, accounting for nearly 20,000 trees in total, will be completely
accessible to visitors of both and The Museum of the
Jewish People. Beginning in the late Fall 2018, researchers will be
provided with unprecedented access to vital Jewish family history
information that is available in no other facility. This new search platform
will dramatically increase the likelihood that researchers will find
information they are seeking.

Avraham Groll, Director of, stated, "JewishGen is
committed to doing everything we can to provide the highest quality of
access to records, information, and tools that researchers can utilize in
their quest to connect with relatives, discover their unique family history,
and understand what it means to be part of the Jewish people. Our new
partnership with The Museum of the Jewish People will help us achieve
this goal, by eliminating the need to spend time or financial resources
searching multiple facilities. For JewishGen, connecting with the Museum
of the Jewish People comes during a stage of significant growth >from
both an archival and technological perspective, and as we set ambitious
strategic priorities for the years to come, I believe that this new
relationship will herald continued opportunities for our organizations to
collaborate on behalf of the entirety of the Jewish people."

"Too often we see organizations cajoling for space and prominence, when
they should be aligning. The treasures that JewishGen and the Museum
of the Jewish People have each built up over the decades are invaluable
and irreplaceable, and it’s a privilege to be able to re-make that
connection, through technology and partnership building," said Dan
Tadmor, CEO of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.

For the Museum, connecting its Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy
Center with JewishGen comes during the final development stages of its
new "Open Databases Project," due for launch later this year. The system
will integrate each of the Museum’s five separate databases together
with outside archives >from partners such as JewishGen, allowing users to
curate their own personalized library of Jewish life, drawing on genealogy,
community, photography, music and film.

What's more, through an open API and an enhanced data upload function,
both developers and personal users can further enrich the archives at any
point, by uploading their own institutional, personal and family content,
creating a shared, online repository for centuries of Jewish life and


About JewishGen, a member of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living
Memorial to the Holocaust family, is the largest digital repository for
Jewish family history information in the world. Utilizing cutting edge
technology, it provides access to tens of millions of records, and has
developed an online community of nearly one million people. With an
extensive knowledge center of unparalleled scope, JewishGen continues
to focus on its core mission of preserving Jewish family history and
heritage for future generations.

About The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Established nearly forty years ago, Beit Hatfutsot remains the sole
institution anywhere in the world devoted to sharing the complete story
of the Jewish people with millions of visitors >from all walks of life. Today,
reimagined as the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, the
museum works on-site, online and around the world to build connections
across the Jewish people through a diverse, innovative celebration of
4,000 years of Jewish life, culture and history, engaging to those of any
age, background or lifestyle. Major supporters include The Nadav
Foundation, The Government of Israel, The Koret Foundation,
Ambassador Alfred H. Moses and Family, The Milton and Tamar Maltz
Family Foundation, Tad Taube, Ann and Andrew Tisch and others.
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
15 Klausner Street • Tel Aviv 6139202 • Israel

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