Board of Governors: Update

The JewishGen Board of Governors is pleased to announce the addition of two members. These individuals, Michael Goldstein and Dr. Rand Fishbein, add valuable skills to the team.

Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein is President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). Born in Toronto, Ontario, Goldstein is a Jerusalem-based genealogist who researches, mentors, lectures, and conducts workshops. He carries out worldwide Jewish research and guides North Americans in locating and connecting with their Israeli family, facilitating the use of local Israeli research sources. In addition, he does extensive work on behalf of lawyers and estate search firms seeking out Israeli heirs.

Mr. Goldstein previously worked in both Montreal, Quebec and in Israel in Jewish communal services. His previous positions include Director of the Davis YMHA Montreal, Director of Program Management Jewish Family Services Social Centre in Montreal, and Executive Vice President of the Jewish National Fund of Canada.

Mr. Goldstein is President of the International Association of JewishGenealogical Societies (IAJGS), President of The Israel Genealogical Society, an incoming board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Montreal.

Mr. Goldstein has a BA from Concordia University and an MSW from YeshivaUniversity.

Dr. Rand Fishbein

Dr. Rand Fishbein is President of Fishbein Associates, Inc., a public-policyconsulting firm based in Potomac, Maryland. He has long been a leader inJewish political life. Among his many efforts related to Jewish issues andcultural preservation, he initiated efforts in the U.S. Senate that saved the ancient Jewish Bassatine Cemetery in Cairo from destruction, and contributed to the rescue of Ethiopian Jews in 1991 as well as the rescue of the last 400 Jews in Iraq that same year. Following a fire that ravaged the ancient archival collection in Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine, in 2003, Dr. Fishbein successfully arranged for the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to provide emergency financial assistance for the salvage and conservation of the surviving documents.

Prior to entering the private sector, Dr. Fishbein was a Professional Staff Member (Majority) of the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee. He also served as a Professional Staff Member (Majority) on the U.S. Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee responsible for preparing the annual U.S. foreign assistance budget. Dr. Fishbein was one of two Foreign Policy/Intelligence Analysts on the 1987 U.S. Senate Iran-Contra investigating committee and co-authored a portion of its final report. Later, he served as the Special Assistant for National Security Affairs toSenator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI).

According to Fishbein: "JewishGen seeks to accomplish in our modern age what our great sages, academies and traditions of the past have sought to do. That is, to build a bridge between generations that is personal, profound, and enduring. The survival of the Jewish people is one of the great and ennobling stories of mankind. Its illumination is both the mission and the challenge of JewishGen. I am honored and privileged to be asked to join such a visionary team."

Dr. Fishbein earned his Ph.D., with distinction, in InternationalRelations/Middle East Studies from The Johns Hopkins School of AdvancedInternational Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He was a fellow in Brussels at the North Atlantic Assembly, the inter-parliamentary forum of NATO, and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and another Fulbright to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), at the University of London.

The Board of Governors announces with great regret the resignation of Anne Feder Lee, past president of the IAJGS.

Karen S. Franklin
Gary Mokotoff
Co-Chairs, JewishGen Board of Governors

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