JewishGen's JOWBR Project receives IAJGS Outstanding Resource Award #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

Earlier today, we were honored to learn that JewishGen’s JOWBR project (which stands for the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry) was the recipient of the IAJGS “Outstanding Resource” Award. JOWBR is a project with a long name, but one that has tremendous impact.

Under the tireless and devoted leadership of Nolan Altman, JOWBR (this very week) has now surpassed 4.1 million records in total. A truly remarkable accomplishment which is a testament to Nolan and his entire team of volunteers who have devoted so much of themselves toward this important project.

JOWBR is not an Ashkenazic database, nor is it a Sephardic database - it is a Jewish database. Our goal is to create one centralized location whereby people can search Jewish burial records from around the world. And to date, we have collected information from more than 9,000 cemeteries in more than 135 countries. 

So what can you do? 

First, use the database! Visit and search through our collection. A complete listing of all cemeteries included in the database can be accessed here: 

Second, share this information with family, friends and leadership of Jewish institutions and schools and synagogues. Let them know that JOWBR is a treasure trove available to them at no cost (as with everything at JewishGen).

And finally, get involved!  Either as an individual or as a member of your Jewish genealogical society, YOU can make an impact. You can join our team of volunteers who are spread around the world, and who are contributing towards this project. To learn more about volunteering, and what’s involved with submitting cemetery information, please visit:

We thank IAJGS for this award, and wish a Mazal Tov to Nolan Altman and his team upon this wonderful recognition of their work.

Avraham Groll

Executive Director