International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies announced
the recipients of its 2000 Achievement Awards at the closing banquet
of the 20th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in
Salt Lake City, Utah from July 9 - 14, 2000. The Awards are selected
by an Awards Committee based on published criteria and nominations
by IAJGS member organizations. Our 2000 Awards Committee was chaired
by Garry Stein, a member of the Executive of the JGS of Canada (Toronto)
and a member of the IAJGS Board of Directors. The other Awards Committee
members were David Fox, JGS of Greater Washington, founder and Coordinator
of Belarus SIG and Internet editor for AVOTAYNU and Julian Falk,
President of JGS of Pittsburgh.
IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award
to Sallyann Amdur Sack:
In deep appreciation of her contributions to the world of Jewish
genealogy. As a scholar, editor and author she has made and continues
to make major contributions to the benefit of genealogists around
the world. As a leader, Sallyann has been instrumental in the launch
and development of significant genealogical projects that continue
to serve us all. Her leadership, scholarship, initiative, and vision
provide an example and inspiration to all Jewish genealogists and
Jewish genealogical societies worldwide.
presenting this award, the many achievements, publications, Sallyann
Sack's initiatives and credentials truly impressed the over 500
attendees at the banquet. Sallyann's accomplishments were compared
to those of the late Rabbi Rabbi Malcolm Stern, the father of Jewish genealogy.
Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via Print
Presented to Miriam Weiner for her book Jewish Roots in
Ukraine and Moldova:
Following on your success with Jewish Roots in Poland, you
have once more made an invaluable contribution to Jewish genealogy.
Through your efforts and the quality of your publications you have
brought the world of previous generations back to life and provided
an invaluable tool to serious research.
Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet
to the Litvak SIG for creating the All Lithuania Database:
In recognition of an outstanding database, which continues to draw
data from many sources into the largest searchable database of Lithuanian
Jewish records on the Internet. This database not only helps countless
researchers but also should serve as a source of pride to the leaders
volunteers of the Litvak SIG whose cooperative energy has resulted
in this outstanding achievement.
The Award was accepted
by Davida Noyek Handler, President, Litvak SIG. In presenting the
Award, a number of leaders were mentioned to whom the project owes
its existence and in particular Anne Rothman, database manager;
Trev Tucker, Webmaster; Carol Coplin Baker, research coordinator;
and especially Michael Tobias.
Outstanding Publication by a Member Society of the IAJGS
to The Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan:
In recognition of its journal, Generations,
for excellent coverage of topics ranging from scholarly articles
based on original research to news items about genealogy activities
and resources. Generations demonstrates not only the highest standards
of content but also a highly professional level of presentation,
graphic design and visual appeal that sets a standard for all genealogical
The Award was accepted
by Marilyn Natchez of the JGS of Michigan and editor of Generations.
Marilyn noted the assistance of the Michigan President, Stephen
Rosman, and of the contributors to their publication and all of
the members of their society who provided quality original material.
Outstanding Programming that Advances the Objectives of Jewish Genealogy
to The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington:
In recognition of programming which demonstrates a high level of
creativity, a breadth of content for all levels of genealogists
and reflects a high level of organization and leadership. Your success
demonstrates how a Jewish genealogical society can offer members
at all levels value added content through a diverse range of stimulating
and thoughtful programming.
presenting the Award, it was noted that this year’s winner demonstrated
a depth of programming, thoughtful program integration and outstanding
content that is an example to us all. Teamwork and commitment were
the obvious keys to their success. Accepting the Award on behalf
of the JGS of Greater Washington was their President, Ellen Shindelman.
Also mentioned were key contributors from their society: VP Programming
- Sheri Meisel, Workshop Coordinator – Marlene Zakai, VP Administration
– Flora Gursky, Webmaster – Patti Maslinoff. As part of their programming,
JGSGW also sponsored “Tracing Your Family Roots” Cable Access TV
Show hosted and produced by Sallyann Sack, Arline Sachs and Sid
Outstanding Project that Advances the Objectives of Jewish Genealogy
to Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) for the
Jewish Youth Genealogy Project:
You have created the potential to expose over 40,000 children annually
to Jewish genealogy and their heritage as part of the family tree
of the Jewish people. You have raised funds, developed an introductory
guide and introduced it into Jewish Schools throughout the Toronto
area. The conceptualization and implementation of this outstanding
project has the potential to create the Jewish genealogists of the
future, raise public awareness of Jewish genealogy and sets an example
for all Jewish genealogical societies of the world.
In accepting this Award
on behalf of the JGS of Canada (Toronto), President, Gert Rogers
thanked Howard Markus who headed the project; the Action Committee
for Jewish Continuity, Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto for
providing the funding for the project; and to the project committee
members who worked so hard writing articles, editing and distributing
the guide: Glen Ecker, Valerie Fox, Larry Gaum, Judi Ghert, Dulcey
Hoffman, Rolf Lederer, Harold Nissenthal, Debbie Pikilis, Stephen
Speisman, Leslie Train and Henry Wellisch.
(L – R) Howard Margol, IAJGS President; Garry Stein, Awards Committee
Chair and IAJGS Board Member; David Fox, Awards Committee Member
(L – R) Davida Noyek Handler, President Litvak SIG, Marilyn Natchez
Immediate Past President and Editor of Generations for the JGS of
Michigan; Gert Rogers, President of JGS of Canada (Toronto); Sallyann
Amdur Sack, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Ellen Shindelman,
President JGS of Greater Washington; and Miriam Weiner, Award recipient
for Outstanding Contribution via Print.
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