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JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen New Genealogy Society Formed in Israel #general
Daniel Hanoch Wagner
Some of the top genealogists in Israel have formed a new genealogical
society called the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). They
* Esther Ramon, founding president of the Israel Genealogical Society
* Mathilde Tagger, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS),
member of Founding Committee of International Institute for Jewish
Genealogy, author and lecturer on Sephardic genealogy.
* Martha Lev-Zion, past member of the IAJGS Board of Directors,
founder and president of the Negev Genealogical Society and past
president of the Latvia SIG of JewishGen.
* Jean-Pierre Stroweis, past president of the Israel Genealogical
Society, member of the academic committee of the International
Institute for Jewish Genealogy, and co-chair of the 2004 IAJGS
conference held in Jerusalem.
* Daniel Horowitz, chief genealogist of MyHeritage.com and member
of the IAJGS Board of Directors.
* H. Daniel Wagner, co-chair of the 2004 IAJGS conference held in
Jerusalem, member of Academic Committee of International Institute
for Jewish Genealogy.
* Rose Lerer Cohen, professional family history researcher and
co-author of The Holocaust in Lithuania 1941-1945: A Book of
* Rose Feldman, past webmistress of the Israel Genealogical
Society for nine years. She has lectured at a number of IAJGS
conferences, annual seminars of the Israel Genealogical Society
and their branch meetings. She will be responsible for developing
databases for the new society.
The center of the organization will be a website located at
http://www.genealogy.org.il. The website is presented in English,
but the home page provides the option to display the pages in French,
German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Russian Spanish and Yiddish. The
site will host videos, webinars, articles on genealogy, research
guides, and the calendar of events for the society. There are already
three research guides: Latin America by Daniel Horowitz, Poland by
Jean-Pierre Stroweis and United Kingdom by Rosemary Eshel. Guides for
Latvia, South Africa and Sephardic research will be available in the
Lectures are planned throughout Israel. The new society has already
given four lectures and three planned for the near future are noted
on their home page.
The website states the society is "dedicated to being completely open
to all groups within Israel and outside of Israel. We welcome everyone
interested in genealogy, no matter what country they were born in or
what language they speak."
H Daniel Wagner