year, the IAJGS presents achievement awards to recognize excellence
within our avocation. The Awards Committee consisted of Anne Feder
Lee (Honolulu, chair), Carol Baird (San Diego), and Henry Wellisch
(Toronto). The recipients
were announced at the closing banquet of the 19th International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in New York City on 12 August
1999. Jerry Emdur once again generously provided the awards plaques.
Lifetime Achievement Award
presented to Arthur Kurzweil
deep appreciation of your trailblazing work which teaches us that
learning about Jewish family history is possible, despite ages
of community destruction, Diaspora and the Holocaust.
We will always be grateful that you showed us the way,
and for your past and continued inspiration to all Jewish genealogists
and new Jewish genealogical societies that continue to be created
worldwide because of your vision.
Outstanding Contribution via Print Award
presented to Miriam Weiner
For her book Jewish
Roots in Poland. In recognition of your book Jewish Roots in Poland.
Your success in presenting the first officially sanctioned
lists of Jewish documents in Polish archives makes it an extraordinarily
valuable resource tool. The accompanying pictures and illustrations
bring the vanished world of Jewish Poland to life once again.
Contribution via the Internet Award
presented to the Jewish Records Indexing-Poland
Diamond accepting on behalf of all who have worked on this project)
In recognition of an extraordinary database, available via the
Internet, which recently reached a half-million entries and continues
to grow. This database
not only helps countless researchers but also demonstrates what
can be accomplished through the cooperative energy of many volunteers
and is an inspiration and model for databases covering other geographical areas.
Outstanding Publication Award
presented to the Israel Genealogical Society
Stroweis, President accepting) In recognition of Sharsheret
Hadorot, Family Roots Research Peridocial for excellent coverage
of topics ranging from scholarly articles based on original research
to news items about genealogy activities and resources in Israel,
and for generously sharing that information with genealogists
around the world by presenting those articles in both Hebrew and
Outstanding Programming Award
presented to the JGS of Michigan
Rosman, President accepting) In recognition of programming which
demonstrates a high level of creativity, organizational talent
and cooperative spirit. We commend your ability to offer your members
such a diverse range of stimulating activities which cannot help
but energize novice and experienced family researchers alike.
Outstanding Project Award
presented to the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (New York)
initiating the Jewish Genealogical Family Finder.
(Estelle Guzik, President accepting) Since its inception,
the Family Finder has been an invaluable resource for countless
genealogists. By making it possible to link up with others via surname or ancestral
town connections, scattered family members have found each other
and much knowledge has been shared.
Through this award, we wish to show our deep appreciation
to those who conceptualized and implemented the original Jewish
Family Finder project.