Board of Directors

The IAJGS Board of Directors consists of four elected officers, six elected directors, and the immediate past president. Elections are held at the general meeting, which takes place in conjunction with the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.


Ken Bravo
Ohio, USA

Ken brings experience from his legal career and non-profit board governance to the IAJGS. Ken was Co-Chair of the IAJGS Salt Lake City 2014 conference. Ken has served on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association. He is a past president of both the Cleveland Bureau Jewish Education and the Great Lakes Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. He has served as both Treasurer and Vice President of The Park Synagogue. He currently serves on the board of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living and chair of its Government Affairs Committee. Ken is Past President of the JGS Cleveland and a member of the APG. Ken has been engaged in genealogy for 35 years.

Jay Sage

Vice President
Jay Sage
Massachusetts, USA

Jay Sage was an IAJGS Director from 2010 to 2013 and co-chair of the IAJGS Boston 2013 conference. He is a past-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) and currently serves as co-editor of their journal. Jay has been a key contributor to the IAJGS website, web developer for IAJGS LIVE! streaming, and advisor on other technical matters, both to the IAJGS and to other regional genealogical organizations. Jay received the 2009 IAJGS Outstanding Project Award for the course that JGSGB offers at Hebrew College. He earned a PhD in Physics and retired from a career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Avraham Groll
New Jersey, USA

Avraham Groll is the Director of He spent two years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim, and holds an MBA, an MA in Judaic Studies, and a BS in Business Administration. Avraham is a frequent lecturer on a variety of genealogical and historical topics.

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Douglas M. Cohen

Florida and Massachusetts, USA

Doug has 40+ years of financial experience, including serving as an independent consulting chief financial and having been the CFO of four different Boston-area public and private companies. Doug has also served as the long-time treasurer of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA and is the treasurer of JGS of Greater Boston. He has been researching his family for over 15 years. Doug holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He also received a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.



Nolan Altman
New York, USA

Nolan has served on the IAJGS board as a past director and as Vice President. He has been engaged in genealogy for 18 years. He brings accounting and finance experience as well as teaching experience to the board. He brings organizational and project management skills to the IAJGS. Nolan is Vice President Data Acquisition with JewishGen, responsible for growing the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry, JewishGen’s Holocaust Database, and the Memorial Plaque Project database. Nolan is President of JGS Long Island. He is a frequent lecturer on genealogy topics and has published many articles internationally.


Quinton Atkinson
Utah, USA

Quinton has pursued genealogy for 17 years. He brings experience in developing partnerships to the IAJGS. As Director Content/Partnership Development for, Quinton has managed a partnership with JewishGen for website hosting and content integration. He also led negotiations with the USHMM for the World Memory Project. Quinton has a background in economics. He has worked with local and national archives, non-profit, and government organizations worldwide.


Daniel Horowitz

Daniel has been engaged in genealogy since 1986 and developed the “Searching for My Roots” project at the Jewish school (Caracas, Venezuela). Daniel is Chief Genealogist and Translation Manager at MyHeritage and has served on the IAJGS board since 2008 where he has maintained the IAJGS website and run the IAJGS webinar service. In his role at MyHeritage, Daniel has promoted partnerships with JewishGen and with Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People. A frequent lecturer at genealogy conferences and events, Daniel is actively engaged in photographing and indexing projects. Most recently he worked on the Czernowitz BMD records indexing project and Jewish cemeteries project. Daniel co-founded the Jewish Genealogy Association of Venezuela.


Shipley Munson

Utah, USA

Shipley brings marketing experience to the IAJGS board and a vision for continued state-of-the-art technological support for conferences with Internet streaming and strong societies worldwide. He is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Director of the Outreach Division of FamilySearch. In his earlier marketing career, Shipley advised many Fortune 500 companies. Shipley has recently launched large scale indexing efforts such as the 1940 US Census project. He was the creator of the hugely successful RootsTech conference. Shipley speaks seven languages, has two degrees from Harvard University and an MBA from University of Chicago.

Jane Berenbeim Director
Jane R. Berenbeim
New York, USA
Jane@iajgs.orgJane Berenbeim, an independent development consultant, brings to the Board more than 30 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and management.  Past professional positions included serving as Development Officer or Director for a variety of NYC social service, educational, health care and cultural organizations, among them Columbia University, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.  An amateur genealogist for nearly twenty years, Jane is a longstanding member of the Executive Council of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS, Inc.) (New York) and currently its President.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Vassar College, and graduate degrees from Harvard and Brandeis Universities.
Binny Lewis
New York, USA
Binny@iajgs.orgBinny Lewis is the newest and youngest member of the IAJGS Board of Directors. His passion for discovering his family history has taken him on a journey and in-turn is taking the genealogy world by storm.  Over the past three years, he founded and led the first JGS on a college campus, the Family Discovery Society. Starting with 3 members he grew the club to over 100 students in the first year. Having traced his family back hundreds of years with tools like JewishGen & MyHeritage, he has instructed dozens of University students to do the same. As a new board member, Binny is seeking to use his education and experience to advance the mission of the IAJGS for the younger generation. With over ten years of personal family history research and with multiple positions creating apps, websites, and running social media campaigns, he will be launching and leading the IAJGS Genealogy Technology Group (GTG). After launching InventYU, now the largest Jewish Hackathon in North America and seeing others find their personal meaning through family history, Binny is motivated to share with others and is ready to do the same with the IAJGS.

Immediate Past President

Marlis Humphrey

Past President
Marlis Humphrey
Florida, USA

Marlis brings experience in strategic planning, marketing, technology, and non-profit board governance to the IAJGS. She is President of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and recipient of the FSGS 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Marlis is a member of the JewishGen Board of Governors. She was Co-Chair of the IAJGS Boston 2013 conference. She is the founder of myAncestories and a member of the APG, FGS, NGS, ISFHWE and the GSG. Marlis holds a MS Management of Technology and a BA Russian Language.


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