Re: JewishGen & Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) #general #JewishGenUpdates

Pierre HAHN

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 4:43 PM Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:

Dear JewishGen Community,

During these troubling times, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and hope that this crisis will pass quickly.

As a grass-roots organization fueled by volunteers who contribute so much of their time and resources, we are continuously monitoring the situation as it manifests throughout the world.

While we are not currently anticipating any significant operational disruptions, I would like to address two points that have been raised:

  1. With regard to our Future Scholars Fellowship Program ( scheduled to take place this summer in Poland, we are carefully monitoring the rapidly changing situation, and have extended the application process through April 1st. We will make an additional announcement at that time. 
  2. With regard to annual donations of $100+ that are due in the next few weeks, we encourage you to please renew online ( in order to continue your access to enhanced search features, and not via check. Should our corporate offices in NYC (based at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, of which JewishGen is an affiliate), be closed for any length of time, this will allow us to ensure accounts are updated in a timely fashion. Nevertheless, if checks are the preferred method, please email us at support@... so we can proactively update your account. 

What can you do in the meantime?

If you have not already done so, consider becoming more involved with JewishGen by joining our JewishGen Discussion Group ( 

  • If you are a beginner - the discussion groups give you an opportunity to seek information and guidance from thousands of JewishGen members throughout the world.
  • If you are a more experienced researcher - you can provide critical assistance to those in need.

We will be sending additional information should the need present itself. In the meantime, if we can ever be of help, please contact support@...

Thank you for being part of the JewishGen community, and helping so many people experience the richness of our shared Jewish heritage, and collective Jewish roots. Let us pray that this current pandemic will soon become a fading memory, and that all those affected will have a quick and easy recovery.

Avraham Groll
Executive Director

Pierre M Hahn, San Francisco

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