JRI-Poland takes special pride in Hadassah Lipsius and Robinn Magid receiving the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Stanley Diamond

It was with a great sense of pride that the board of JRI-Poland learned yesterday
that two of our long-time colleagues, Hadassah Lipsius and Robinn Magid were 
named co-winners of the 2020 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Awards. 
Both Hadassah and Robin have contributed to the world of Jewish family history
in countless ways and for more than 20 years and have been valuable members 
of the JRI-Poland family
I cannot improve on the IAJGS press release announcing the awards to Hadassah
and Robinn so I am including excerpts of the text below.
The 2020 award to Hadassah and Robin has additional significance for the entire
JRI-Poland family. With their nomination, we are proud to say that every current
and former member of the JRI-Poland executive committee has now received the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the IAJGS.  They are as follows:
2003 - Stanley Diamond
2011 - Michael Tobias
2015 - Judy Baston
2018 - Mark Halpern
2020 - Hadassah Lipsius & Robinn Magid
We believe that this recognition individually and collectively is a testament to the
devotion and leadership they have provided JRI-Poland as well as their respective
JGS societies to which they have contributed in countless way and the various roles 
they have played in participating in numerous IAJGS conferences and activities
over the years.
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Hadassah Lipsius, a Kew Gardens Hills resident, has been awarded the
2020 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to
Jewish Genealogy.  The award was presented Aug. 12 at the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 40th International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy, at its first virtual conference.
Hadassah has been a board member of Jewish Records Indexing- Poland
from 1997 to present, a member of the JRI-Poland Executive Committee,
data coordinator, Warsaw coordinator and town leader, Shtetl CO-OP
Initiative Coordinator.
Among her achievements with the Jewish Genealogy Society Inc. (New York),
she has been a member of the Executive Council, Board and Administrator
of the JGS, Inc. Facebook Group.
She was a member of the JewishGen Board of Governors from 2009 – 2016
anddata manager of JewishGen’s Warszawa Research Group.
Her IAJGS involvement has included being co-chair of the 2006 IAJGS
New York Conference, a member of the Conference program committee in
2006, 2018 and 2020, SIG (Special Interest Group) coordinator, 1999
NY IAJGS Conference and a Conference speaker 1999-present.
Ms. Lipsius is a Metallurgical Engineer and works as a Supplier Quality
Manager for a major Defense Contractor.
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Robinn Magid, a Berkeley resident, has been awarded the 2020 IAJGS
Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to Jewish
Genealogy.  The award was presented Aug. 12 at the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 40th International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy at its first virtual conference.
Among many achievements in her 30 years of experience in Jewish
genealogical research is Robinn’s involvement with JRI-Poland.org
(Jewish Records Indexing- Poland).  She recently was elected to the
new position of assistant director and took over as the project manager
of JRI-Poland’s NextGen relational database, search engine and website,
its first major overall in 25 years.
Robinn’s leadership as a board member for JRI-Poland earned her a city
medal in 2017 for inspiring the cultural identity of her family’s hometown
of Lublin, Poland as part of the 700th birthday celebration of that city. 
Robinn had served as Lublin Archives Project Coordinator for JRI-Poland
since 1998 and coordinated the JRI-Poland activities for 100 towns in the
Lublin area.
She served as chair of the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference, the first
IAJGS conference in Eastern Europe and established the IAJGS
Conference Discussion Facebook Group.  She also worked on the
committee that recently updated the  IAJGS Conference Planning Manual.
She chairs this year’s IAJGS Conference which initially was scheduled to
be in-person in San Diego.  When it had to be cancelled due to Covid-19,
she created and chaired a financially successful new IAJGS 2020 Virtual
Conference with just a few months to arrange it.
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

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