As we approach Rosh
Hashanah (which begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 4th – the
earliest it has been in 115 years!) we are excited to share with you
some of the latest news at JewishGen.
Here are some brief highlights from the past half year (please read all the way down):
• Karen Franklin and Gary Mokotoff were “Guests of Honor” at JewishGen’s inaugural Spring Brunch.
• Lance Ackerfeld (from the Yizkor Book project) was recognized as the our first ever “Volunteer of the Year.”
• Pictures and speeches can be accessed elsewhere on our facebook page.
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Conference in Boston.
• The IAJGS recognized our KehilaLinks project for its “outstanding
contribution to Jewish Genealogy.” Special Mazal Tov to KehilaLink
coordinators Susana Leistner Bloch and Barbara Ellman.
• JewishGen had a strong presence at the conference with more than 80 JewishGen related presentations.
• JewishGen debuted its new video “This is JewishGen” to favorable reviews. Click here to watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nASSn4rDXh4
The French SIG, for the first time, has received permission to index a
large cemetery in France, and they are working with the Cercle de
Genealogie Juive of Paris to incorporate records they have obtained over
• 36,000 new records have been added from 16 towns throughout present day Hungary, Romania and Sub-Carpathia.
• Maramaros Tax Census Records from 1815, 1820-1821, and 1826 are
almost all complete and should be online within the next couple of
• Work on the Szatmar (Satu Mare – presently in Romania) is almost complete.
• Received the first batch of records from the Miskolc cemetery. Photographs will be included in JOWBR.
JOWBR (Cemetery Registry)
75,000 new records (with 21,000 photos) have been added. This means
that the JOWBR project now contains more than 2 million burial records!
More than 90 new webpages were created, and 6 orphaned pages were adopted.
Memorial Plaque Project
In its initial year, the database includes close to 30,000 records from
the US, Israel and British Columbia. These records come from 46
different Synagogues and other institutions.
More than 20,000 records from Peter Lande’s German Town project have been added.
We conducted 8 classes and taught more than 150 students. Courses
included: Basic Genealogy, New York Genealogy, Independent Study,
KehilaLinks, and Exploring the JewishGen website.
• 12,495 vital records were added to the database.
• More than 5,000 records from the Bendery cemetery were added.
• 788 records from the Beltsy cemetery were added.
• Work has been completed on creating a Geographical Dictionary of towns and Shtetlakh where Jews lived in Bessarabia.
• 15 translations have been completed from the “Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Vol.2”
• 2 Books (out of 20) have been translated from the “Bessarabia Annual Books, 1862-1914” collection.
The ROM-SIG is celebrating its 20th year, and they are “on a roll!” The ROM-SIG has now added 180,600 records to the database.
• 8,500 records were added to the Necrology database.
• 17,000 records were added to the Master Name Index.
• 10 translations were completed.
• 20 new books were added
• 36 new entries were added
• 25 projects have been updated monthly
And this is not even covering half of it!
We have our work cut out for us the remainder of the year, and into
next. There remain millions of records throughout the world that have
yet to be digitized, indexed, and made searchable on JewishGen. Some
for-profit companies seek to obtain these records, and then charge to
access them. It is our belief that Jewish family research should be
freely accessible, and we are doing everything we can to keep it that
As always, major and significant improvements (with the
rapid advance of technology, these improvements are always significant)
have continued to be made “behind the scenes” to help ensure an easy,
powerful, and secure web experience.
Finally, and most
importantly, our loyal users continued to provide us with a strong base
of financial support – we received nearly 8,000 donations last year –
allowing us to operate within our budget despite global economic
This feat was possible only because our users
made a conscious decision to participate – each according to their
ability – in the important service we are providing. Every single
financial donor has a share in any success that results from JewishGen.
While we received some donations in excess of $1,000 or as modest as $5,
each was significant and important to us, and we are grateful.
As the New Year approaches, we remain confident that you and other
JewishGen users will once again help support our important work to the
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continue offering a service that has connected thousands of families
over the past two decades.
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Regardless of your level of financial support, we are glad that you are
part of the global JewishGen community – the JewishGen family – and we
wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year, a Shana Tova and a
K'siva V'chasima Tova.
Warren Blatt - Managing Director
Michael Tobias - Vice President of Programming
Avraham Groll - Director of Business Operations
We are excited to announce the release of our brand new JewishGen video entitled "This is JewishGen.” The video explains more about us, who are the people “behind JewishGen” and how JewishGen can help you research your roots.
To watch the video now, please click here.
Enjoy - and please share with friends and family!
We would also love to receive your feedback. After watching the video, please leave a comment on our Facebook page by clicking here.
Warren Blatt, Managing Director
Avraham Groll, Director of Business Operations
Michael Tobias, VP Programming
With the Boston IAJGS conference just around the corner, I am quite certain that this month's Yizkor Book Project report finds many of you making your final preparations before the big event. Unfortunately, I am unable to be there but, very fortunately for those that will, once again Jan Meisels Allen has graciously agreed to the Yizkor Book Birds of a Feather meeting and this is an open invitation to attend.
During July, a further two books have been published through our Yizkor Books in Print Project:
- Jaslo, Poland - Yizkor (Memorial) Book of the Jewish Community of Jaslo, Poland
- Telekhany, Belarus - The Telekhan Yizkor Book
With these new additions, we have now published 18 books and you can see the full list of these books and read all about the project at http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html We continue to be amazed by the very positive response to this project which we set up as a public service to those interested in seeing these translations as something that they can hold in their hands and share with their family.
I am also pleased to note that during July, we finished placing the complete and substantial English sections from the Brzozow and Dobromil Yizkor books which were kindly typed up by Helen Rosenstein Wolf and Susan Dressler, respectively. As I always note, there are many aspects of the Yizkor Book Project in which we gladly welcome volunteer assistance and typing up is just one of these. So if you would like to become involved in the YB Project in some way, I would be happy to hear from you.
Now to facts and figures for July, during this last month we have added these 3 new projects:
- Capresti, Moldova (Collection of criticism and reviews of the book 'Our Village Kapresht') http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Capresti1/Capresti1.html
- Krasnobrod, Poland (Krasnobrod; a Memorial to the Jewish community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/krasnobrod/krasnobrod.html
- Turobin, Poland (The Turobin book; in memory of the Jewish community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Turobin/Turobin.html
Added in 5 new entries:
- Calarasi, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume
- Capresti, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume
- Dumbraveni, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume
- Marculesti, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume
- Orhei, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_romania/rom2_00327.html
We have continued to update 25 of our existing projects:
- Babruysk, Belarus (Memorial book of the community of Bobruisk and its
- Bedzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bedzin) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Bedzin/Bedzin.html
- Briceva, Moldova (Memorial Book of Brichevo) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Bricheva/Bricheva.html
- Briceni, Moldova (Brichany: its Jewry in the first half of our century) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Brichany/Brichany.html
- Brzozow, Poland (A Memorial to the Brzozow Community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/brzozow/brzozow.html
- Byten, Belarus (Memorial book of Byten) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/byten/byten.html
- Czyzew, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czyzew/Czyzew.html
- Dobromil, Poland (Dobromil: life in a Galician Shtetl, 1890-1907) http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Dobromil1/Dobromil1.html
- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/golub_dobrzyn/golub_dobrzyn.html
- Goniadz, Poland (Our hometown Goniondz) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/goniadz/goniadz.html
- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin)
- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community which was destroyed) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/klobuck/klobuck.html
- Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kolomyya/kolomyya.html
- Lukow, Poland (The book of Lukow; dedicated to a destroyed community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lukow/lukow.html
- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland (Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs of our City) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski.html
- Molchad, Belarus (Molchadz, In Memory of the Jewish Community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Molchadz/Molchadz.html
- Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna) http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Ozerna/Ozerna.html
- Rakow, Belarus (Rakow Community Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/rakow/rakow.html
- Ratno, Ukraine (Memorial book of Ratno) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ratno1/ratno1.html
- Sierpc, Poland (The Community of Sierpc; Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sierpc/Sierpc.html
- Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Stowbtsy/Stowbtsy.html
- Stryy, Ukraine (Book of Stryj)
- Strzemieszyce Wielkie, Poland (The Book of Strzemieszyce) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Strzemieszyce/Strzemieszyce.html
- Szczebrzeszyn, Poland (The Book of Memory to the Jewish Community of
- Wyszkow, Poland (Wyszkow Book)
Some important links to note:
- This month's additions and updates are flagged at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them.
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go online.
All the best,
Yizkor Book Project Manager