IAJGS Achievement Awards

The IAJGS Achievement Awards are given to individuals or organizations who have made or are making outstanding contributions to Jewish genealogy. The awards are announced at the annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Call for Nominations

The IAJGS Achievement Awards Committee is established each year to consider nominations from the IAJGS member societies. Nominations from all member societies are encouraged.

For information regarding the current committee contacts and submission deadline, go to the Award Nomination Form. Please consult the Award Rules and Criteria. Nominations should be made using the Award Nomination Form.

Past Recipients

20162015 - 2014 – 2013201220112010200920082007
200620052004 – 200320022001200019991998

View a compact list of all Achievement Award winners

Current Award Categories

Award categories were modified for the 2015 Award Year. Current award categories are listed below and described in additional details in the IAJGS Awards Matrix.

Award NamePurpose and CriteriaWho Can Receive?
IAJGS Lifetime Achievement AwardRecognition in appreciation of unselfish and dedicated commitment to a volunteer in pursuit of advancing Jewish genealogical research.Individual or partnership of individuals who are from members organizations.
Outstanding Project / Resource / ProgramRecognition of excellence in creation of a new or enhanced individual or series of project(s) / resource(s) / program(s) for the benefit of Jewish genealogical researchers.Individual, partnership of individuals, or organization. May be members or non-members.
Outstanding PublicationRecognition of excellence to a member organization, for a primarily original content publication or series, which has been made available to Jewish genealogists, which furthers their research. Regular members of the IAJGS.
IAJGS Member of the YearRecognition of excellence in innovative programming, membership growth, Jewish genealogical research promotion, etc. Factors to be considered include 1) Innovative programming that can be replicated by other member organizations. 2) Virtual programming 3) Using social media 4) Partnering with other organizations 5) Public relations techniques. 6) Growth in membership. 7) Advances in technology. 8) Non-traditional programs.Regular members of the IAJGS.
Volunteer of the YearRecognition in appreciation of unselfish and dedicated commitment to a volunteer in pursuit of advancing Jewish genealogical research.Individual or partnership of individuals who are from members organizations.
Future Leader of the YearRecognition of a promising future leader in JGS management or in the field of Jewish genealogical research. The individual should currently be in a training, mentoring or other program (formal or informal) exhibiting their commitment to local organizational leadership.Member of an IAJGS regular member.
Historical Award Categories – Pre-2015

For historical reference, the following award categories apply to awards prior to 2015.

IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented to a living individual for outstanding contributions of major significance and benefit to Jewish genealogy.

Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet, Print or Electronic Product
This award is presented to a person, persons or organization in recognition of a contribution via Internet (e.g. an Internet project), Print (e.g. a book, periodical or other publication), or Electronic Product (e.g. CD-ROM or software program).

Outstanding Programming or Project that Advances the Objectives of Jewish Genealogy
This award may be made to a person, persons or organization either in recognition of a single program or series of programs, or in recognition of a single project or series of projects.

Outstanding Publication by a Member Organization of IAJGS
This award may be made to a member organization, recognizing an outstanding publication or series, which has been made available to Jewish genealogists, which furthers their research. This publication may be distributed in any manner, hard copy, email, posted on a website, etc.

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies