International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies bestowed
four awards for 2003, recognizing outstanding individual and organizational
contributions to Jewish Genealogy. These awards were presented by
the 2003 awards committee chairman, Daniel Schlyter, during the
banquet held in conjunction with the 23rd IAJGS International Conference
on Jewish Genealogy, Washington DC, 24 July 2003.
The 2003 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award
was presented to Miriam Weiner
recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service and outstanding
works to the benefit to Jewish genealogy. Miriam has devoted
her life and significant resources to finding and researching
resources and records for Jewish genealogical research. Miriam’s
negotiations and collaboration with archivists has yielded
a trove of data about the whereabouts and accessibility of
important records which she has shared in numerous publications
and on the website of the Routes to Roots Foundation. She
has shared her findings and expertise through lectures, tours,
genealogical columns, articles, publications and interviews,
motivating countless people to research their Jewish ancestry.
The 2003 IAJGS Outstanding Contribution
Jewish Genealogy was presented to Stephen Morse
In recognition of his extensive effort and perseverance in
producing his One-Step Research Tools. These tool on his website
enhance the use of the Ellis Island Database, Ancestry’s 1930
census database and other databases. His web pages and programs
provide genealogist-friendly interface with these databases
which has helped and encouraged countless researchers both
Jewish and non-Jewish.
The IAJGS Outstanding Project Award
was presented to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal
for the Drouin Project
In recognition for the extensive effort on the part of its
officers and many volunteers in finding, analyzing and indexing
the Jewish entries among the vital records of Quebec in the
microfilms of the Drouin Genealogical Institute/L'Institut
généalogique Drouin. The resulting database makes more than
75,000 entries for Jewish vital events available to researchers.
The successful completion of this complex and time-consuming
project demonstrates the exceptional dedication of JGS Montreal
to the cause of Jewish genealogy.
Stanley Diamond, Ruth Diamond and Alan Greenberg of JGS
Montreal accepted the Outstanding Project Award.
The 2003 IAJGS Award for Outstanding
Publication by an IAJGS member Society was presented to the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County
In recognition of their “Beginners and
Intermediate Genealogical Workbook,” a compilation of genealogical
resource materials. This book is an outstanding publication
that gathers together an impressive array of information,
examples, and instructions, making it a useful tool for use
in teaching the procedures for Jewish genealogical research,
in encouraging its users to pursue their Jewish Genealogical
research and in providing them with the instructions and procedures
to do so.
Hamburg, President and Sylvia Furshman Nusinov, President
Emerita accepted the Outstanding Publication Award on behalf
of JGS of Palm Beach County