since 1998, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical
Societies (IAJGS) has issued achievement awards to recognize outstanding
individual and organizational contributions to Jewish Genealogy.
Potential awardees are nominated by one or many of the more than
70 IAJGS member societies, and determined by a committee appointed
by the IAJGS Board of Directors. This year's committee consisted
of Ellen Shindelman, Past President of the JGS of Greater Washington,
Howard Margol, Past President of the IAJGS, and Daniel Schlyter,
IAJGS Board Member. The awards were presented by Howard Margol during
the banquet held in conjunction with the 22nd IAJGS International
Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Toronto, Canada, 8 August 2002.
IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award
was presented to Stanley Diamond
In well-deserved recognition of his distinguished
service and outstanding work in the cause of Jewish genealogical
research. Stanley's negotiation skills and unselfish approach
to capturing and sharing the indexing of the Jewish records
of Poland have made this resource widely accessible for the
benefit of all. He has added new dimensions to the field of
Jewish genealogy through his creative melding of genealogical
and genetic research techniques to identify relatives carrying
the genetic disease, Beta-Thalessemia. As founder and president
of JGS-Montreal, and as a writer and lecturer, he has encouraged
and motivated countless people to research their Jewish ancestry.
Stanley Diamond received the
Lifetime Achievement Award.
The IAJGS Outstanding
Contribution to Jewish Genealogy Award
was presented to JewishGen
recognition for the exceptional contributions and extensive
effort on the part of its officers and many volunteer translators
on the Yizkor Book Project. These efforts are making these
useful books and the valuable information they contain accessible
to members of the Jewish community who do not have the linguistic
skills to use them directly, thus enabling genealogists and
others to learn more about their heritage.
Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy Award
was accepted by Susan King, president of JewishGen, Inc.,
and Joyce Field, Yizkor book project manager
The IAJGS Outstanding Publication Award was
presented to the Jewish Genealogical Society
of Los Angeles
recognition of their quarterly publication, ROOTS-KEY. The
quality and scope of its articles demonstrate highest standards
of content as well as a professional level of presentation
and editing. Using a clean and uncluttered format, ROOTS-KEY
provides numerous original scholarly research articles in
each issue and a wide array of news items on worldwide Jewish
genealogical activities and resources.
Hal Bookbinder, president of the IAJGS
and a board member of the JGS of Los Angeles, accepted
the Outstanding Publication Award on behalf of JGSLA.
The IAJGS Outstanding
Project Award was presented to
the Jewish Genealogical Society of Ottawa
appreciation and in recognition of their Chernivtsi Cemetery
Project. In its first phase, over 20,100 gravestone have photographed.
Plans are set to complete the photographing (another 35,000
gravestones) during 2002. The intent is to database the information
so that names and photos may be accessed on the Web. This
project demonstrates great compassion, patience and perseverance.
The efforts of JGS Ottawa are making data available that can
bring the world of previous generations back to life and provide
an invaluable tool to serious research.
Hymie Reichstein, president of the JGS
of Ottawa, Canada accepted the Outstanding Project Award.