Board of Governers: New Member

Posted By: Karen S. Franklin

JewishGen announces the appointment of Max Polonovski to its Board of Governors. Max is general curator of Jewish heritage for the French Ministry of Culture, director of the Museum of Plans-Reliefs, and has taught Mediaeval History and Archaeology at the University Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne for over ten years.

Max is a member of the team of international experts which will implement the new management plan for the former camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, vice-president of the scientific committee of the memorial of the former Camp Les Milles (Aix-en-Provence), and a founder and former vice-president of the French Jewish Genealogical Society (CGJ). He was born in Paris and has been involved in genealogical research since 1966.

In accordance with the by-laws adopted by the Board of Governors at its December 2011 meeting, two new positions for officers were established. Current board members Rand Fishbein and Phyllis Kramer were elected to these positions as vice-chair and secretary respectively.

Rand H. Fishbein, Ph.D. is President of Fishbein Associates, Inc., a public-policy consulting firm based in Potomac, Maryland. He has served on the JewishGen Board of Governors since 2010, and is an active member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington. He has broad experience in the oversight of federal agencies and has been personally responsible for conceiving of and authoring nearly two-dozen funded programs and initiatives in the fields of foreign affairs and national security, including the rescue of Jewish endangered antiquities and populations.

Phyllis Kramer is a dedicated educator, lecturer and genealogist. As Vice President of Education for JewishGen, she developed the Learning Center and Courseware for which she received the 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS. Until her retirement, she served as a business consultant for IBM.

Howard Margol has chosen not to continue for a second term on the Board of Governors. We acknowledge with gratitude Howard's dedicated service to JewishGen.

The JewishGen Board of Governors is an advisory board that works with the staff, volunteers and users of JewishGen to create a vision for the organization, and aids in strategic planning and outreach.

Karen S. Franklin
Gary Mokotoff, co-chairs

Karen S. Franklin


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