I have had the pleasure of volunteering for Joyce on many projects over the last eight years, the most consistent being the Yizkor Book Project. I have had a hard time saying "No" to Joyce. I had the pleasure of spending time with her in Chicago during the IAJGS Conference last August. I will surely miss the frequent interactions we have had over the years. Thanks, Joyce!
The most outstanding recollection I have of working with Joyce is her assistance and patience during a JOWBR project. Thank you, Joyce, for your support.Carole Glick Feinberg
Once upon a time, a wonderful woman sat down with me at lunch in a little deli adjacent to the Century Plaza Hotel and asked me to consider becoming Project Manager for JewishGen's ShtetLinks Project. She shared with mne her vision of ShtetLinks and spent the next 6 years encouraging me to make it better. She helped me build a bigger and better ShtetLinks, and when I had to give it up in 2004, she accepted my resignation, I felt, with true regret. And now, we must accept hers with regret and gratitude for all she has done for JewishGen and its projects. Joyce, you are one of a kind. Best of luck in whatever you take on next.
Sorry to see Joyce leaving her post. It was wonderful to work with her, very professional.Yosef Sa'arElat on the Red Sea
Dear Joyce:It is an honour to be the first to post on this forum.It is difficult to express my sentiments at this significant milestone. Aside from being a dear relative, to me you have become a mentor and a source of inspiration, and the driving force in getting me started at what has now become my 'second career' as a Yizkor Book translator.We wish you and Les continued good health and fulfilment during this new phase of your life. We will remain in touch.Jerrold Landau
Joyce, i will miss you very much. It was a pleasure working with you; your take on so many things was 'right on' and you have a wonderful sense of humor. Best of luck with everything.phyllis
joyce...i will miss you. It was a pleasure working with you; your take on everything was 'right on' and your sense of humor was always 'there'. best of luck with everything. phyllis
Dear Joyce,I have not met you, but am so very aware of your great effort on behalf of Jewish Gen. Through the years I have read with interest your comments in the Digest and seen the results of your work on our behalf. I know you will be missed, but your legacy will live on.On behalf of the JGS of Sacramento, I wish you the best in your next adventure.Mort RumbergPresident, JGS Sacramento
Thank you, Joyce, for your guidance and friendship over the years in my role as co-coordinator of LITA. Your professionalism, wide knowledge, hard work, and dedication to the goals of JewishGen have my total admiration. I will miss working with you. This hard-bitten old Litvak salutes you, my Galitzianer Guru, with a tear in her eye.
Dear Joyce,I met you years ago at an ALA symposium in Del Ray. You were already working your magic in Jewishgen. You have been an inspiration to me as well as a trusted facilitator during the past dozen years, when I began translating yizkor books. You have done wonderful, important work. You are my hero. I wish you only the best in the next part of your life.Love,Hannah (Berliner Fischthal)
Dear Joyce,For 12 years we have collaborated, sometimes disagreed :), but I always had enormous admiration for the work you have done for JewishGen.Your dedication and commitment has been an inspiration to us all. You will be missed.Susana Leistner BlochVP, ShtetLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Dear Joyce,I just started working on a cemetery project in 2007 and had a short correspondence with you which helped me get going. Now it's almost ready to send and I don't know what to do next. I hope your successor can help.In the meantime all the best for your future and thanks for all you have done for Jewish Gen.It is a fabulous resource and without people like you who work so hard it wouldn't be nearly as good and useful.Daniela TorshSydney Australia
Dear Joyce,For so many years you have been my inspiration, guide, mentor, beloved friend - and fellow opera lover! You have given so much of yourself to make JewishGen the wonderful resource that is has been. Your wonderful diplomacy with archivists, the people at the USHMM, LDS and Yad Vashem have gained for JewishGen the many files that enable us to create the hundreds of databases that so many rely on in their research. We are all in your debt!Dear friend, your dedication will be sorely missed, and hard to replace! My eyes tear up at the thought of your not being there! Though I know we will have lots of opera to talk about!May you and Les enjoy a happy, healthy time together, and with your family, in your "leisure" time! Ave atque vale, Joyce!Rosanne Leeson
Dear Joyce,I want to thank you again for your help in posting information about Podhajce, including both the translation of the Podhajce Yizkor Book and the burial registry. As a novice genealogist, your expertise and guidance was what I needed to complete these projects.Jean Rosenbaum
Dear Joyce,Though we've never met I have benefitted enormously from your efforts, well, not 'efforts' but apparently failure-proof enterprise! Thank you for the example you set, and the years you gave beyond the first time you said you had to call it a day. We are all way ahead because of you. Enjoy your coming 'retirement'.Michelle Frager
Dear Joyce,You were always supportive of H-SIG's efforts to build the All Hungary Database. I worked with you often during the five years I was the research coordinator. You were always there to answer questions and contact archives, and we never would have been able to build the database without your efforts. You will be missed. Good luck with future endeavors.Best regards,Carol Robinson
When thinking about everything Joyce has contributed to JewishGen and the Jewish genealogy world, it is mind-boggling. She has accomplished so much over the years by building relationships with people around the world based upon trust and mutual admiration and respect. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,Yad Vashem,and Landsmanshaften in Israel and elsewhere have permitted Joyce access to microfilms and other resources. They’ve granted permission to have her volunteers index their holdings, translate the Yizkor books and other materials, because they know she will handle these gifts with respect. She has the ability to motivate others to plod through cemeteries in order to photograph and record data from the matzevot. The Yizkor Book website and JOWBAR have been so successful because of all her hard work. It takes a great deal of effort and time to build the relationships that make this possible. I know I am not the only one sorry to see her go. Joyce, warmest wishes in all your future pursuits. I’m sure there will be another project, goal, endeavor that you will take on and devote yourself to in the future. Good luck with whatever you do next.I’ve enjoyed working with you. All the best,Roni
Joyce,You got me through the ups and downs of translating, editing and publishing 'Pinkus Krynki.' Multiply that by all the other Yiskor books at JewishGen! Quite an accomplishment. Thanks for everything you've done for us! Good luck on your retirement!!!!Michael Palmer
Dear Joyce,It's no secret that I worked very closely with you over a decade and found you to be a superb mixture of a very warm-heart, tireless energy, patience, meticulousness, continuous ideas and initiatives... and I could go on forever!Over this decade that we worked together you were responsible for turning the Yizkor Book project into the envy of other projects in the way it grew, in its quality and the attention it drew in all corners of the world... and I could go on forever! Had you only been involved in the YB project, we could have said "dayenu" ...however, your hands and ideas were in other sections of the JewishGen and your influence was clearly dominant. All this meaning that it was sad to hear that you were leaving the YB project and the JewishGen, in general. I live in hope that the last word has yet to be said and, in the meantime, I'll continue to seek out your advice and just enjoy hearing from you from time to time.Yours humbly and gratefully,Lance
Dear Joyce, It's no secret that I worked very closely with you over a decade and found you to be a superb mixture of a very warm-heart, tireless energy, patience, meticulousness, continuous ideas and initiatives... and I could go on forever! Over this decade that we worked together you were responsible for turning the Yizkor Book project into the envy of other projects in the way it grew, in its quality and the attention it drew in all corners of the world... and I could go on forever! Had you only been involved in the YB project, we could have said "dayenu" ...however, your hands and ideas were in other sections of the JewishGen and your influence was clearly dominant. All this meaning that it was sad to hear that you were leaving the YB project and the JewishGen, in general. I live in hope that the last word has yet to be said and, in the meantime, I'll continue to seek out your advice and just enjoy hearing from you from time to time. Yours humbly and gratefully,Lance
On behalf of JGS, Inc (NY), I want to thank Joyce for all her hard work on both JOWBR and the YB project. There are few volunteers who have worked as hard and accomplished so much. Joyce will be hard to replace and a hard act to follow. Linda Cantor
Dear Joyce,You have been an inspiration with you efficient and pleasant manner. No job was ever too small or insignificant; you always gave it your full attention.All the very best to you in the future and all of your endeavors.Carol Hoffman, Tel Aviv
Joyce was a tireless worker for Jewishgen & she intelligently & firmly guided me through the very difficult job of putting the GRODNO YISKOR BOOK online. Her attention to detail, her vast knowledge & her honesty in dealing with the people involved in this tricky negotiation, made her an outstanding Organiser. I pay warm tribute to her many kindnesses & sense of fun. She is truly irreplaceable.
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