Announcing the New Director of Special Projects-Yizkor Books #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is pleased to announce the appointment of Lance Ackerfeld as the new Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books. 

In this position, Lance will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and will manage the entirety of the Yizkor Book project - which includes serving as the main contact, initiating new projects, overseeing current projects (and ensuring project coordinators have what they need), expanding our editor and HTML teams, increasing operational efficiencies, and playing a leading role in the development of a new, and modernized web experience.

Many of us are already familiar with Lance’s devotion and dedication, as he brings more than twenty years of experience with JewishGen and the Yizkor Book project. He originally volunteered under the direction of Joyce Field (retired VP of Research for JewishGen), before assuming the mantle of leadership of the project between 2009-2019. Most recently, he served as an editor and HTML coordinator for the project. 

In his professional life, Lance is a Senior Database and Software Developer, and lives in the North of Israel.

Lance is re-joining the leadership team after Binny Lewis’ departure, who is leaving to pursue his graduate studies. We thank him very much for his efforts and hard work over the past year, which in addition to stewarding the project, focused on improving operational efficiencies and strategic planning. Binny has offered to stay on as a volunteer to help when needed, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Lance back to the team. He can be reached via email at: lackerfeld@....

Avraham Groll
Executive Director