Posted by Ann Rabinowitz
Recently, I was contacted by Dr. Neville Yosef Lamdan, Director, International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and the Paul Jacobi Center. He wanted to let me know about the latest news from the Institute which is located at the National Library of Israel, Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
For those not familiar with the Institute, some of its goals are to engage in research and teaching of Jewish Genealogy at the university level and to make Jewish Genealogy a recognized field of academic investigation. In this regard, what follows are several things relating to the Institute and its programs which will be of interest to many genealogical researchers worldwide:
First, the Institute's Webpage has been greatly expanded. Among other things, you will find four papers that were presented by our scholars at the 9th Congress of the European Association of Jewish Studies (Ravenna, Italy - July, 2010) and two solid final reports from our research grant recipients, Profs. Ruth Kark and Joseph Glass; and Maria Jose Surribas.
The latter work by Ms. Surribas is particularly impressive. Not because the narrative runs to almost 100 pages, followed by another 650 of documentation, but because Ms. Surribas has overwhelmingly demonstrated that the archives of provincial towns such as Cervera in Catalonia, contain vast resources for the illumination of the lives and lineages of the Jews in pre-Expulsion Spain in the 13th-15th centuries. This is of great relevance to Sephardic and other families still living today. She has effectively opened up a rich new area of previously unrecognized research for Jewish genealogy.
Second, the Institute has just issued its annual "Call for Research Proposals" (CFRP), for original research in the field of Jewish Genealogy, to be carried out in the academic year of 2011-12. Successful applicants will be awarded grants of up to $10,000 for original research. Proposals are requested by May 31, 2011. Those meeting strict standards of academic excellence will be judged by the extent to which they broaden the horizons of Jewish genealogical research and/or create innovative tools or technologies to assist Jewish genealogists and family historians in their work.
The CFRP and “Instructions to Applicants” are to be found on the Institute’s website - under “RESEARCH”/ “Research Grants”. These Instructions should be followed carefully, as only applications in correct form will be considered. Successful applicants will be announced on September 1, 2011.
For those wishing to learn more about the Institute, its programs and how to support it, you may write to the following address:
International Institute for Jewish Genealogy,
c/o National Library of Israel,
Edmond J. Safra Campus,
Other means of contacting the Institute are:
You may also contact Dr. Neville Yosef Lamdan, the Director, via his e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the future, you will be hearing more about breaking news, announcements, and other items relating to the IIJG from Dr. Lamdan, right here on the Blog. So, stay tuned! Your comments regarding the IIJG are welcomed as well.