In response to the misleading post immediately below, I would like to clarify the possibility
of a misunderstanding as it applies to JRI-Poland membership (or subscriptions):
On January 7, 2021, the JRI-Poland board of directors voted to adopt an updated mission
statement and objectives. The new mission statement recognizes that researchers want
to identify as “belonging” to JRI-Poland and adopts “members” as a (new) core concept for
our organization. This does NOT mean that we are becoming restrictive and withholding
data to non-members! On the contrary – the very essence of JRI-Poland is to provide a
freely available database to the researcher. We remain committed to serving the public by
making our data available without requiring membership. However, membership in JRI-Poland
has its benefits - and whether you consider yourself a passionate researcher or someone
with only a passing interest – we are developing membership benefits specifically for you!
Note that "freely available data" also indicates data that has been funded by donations
from interested researchers in support of the indexing or extractions of the records for
the towns in question. Offline data to which I referred in my earlier post (repeated below)
refers to records that have not yet been funded and for which fundraising continues.
To learn about possible offline records for your town, contact the Town Leader through the
web form on the JRI-Poland Town Explorer pages. Click on "Your Town" on the navigation bar
on the https://jri-poland.org/ legacy website. When you click on the link for your town, you
will immediately be directed to the new Town Explorer card for your town on the JRI-Poland
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M. (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.