Past Boards

The Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (AJGS) came into being at the 1988 Conference in Washington D.C. During its first year, the Board was somewhat informal. Gary Mokotoff recalls that Jon Stein acted as president, and that he was on the Board. He could not recall other Board members. Its first formal Board was established at the 1989 Conference in Philadelphia, and included four officers. Jon Stein was recognized as the first president, though this was honorary. The AJGS was incorporated in NJ on 8/31/89. The Bylaws were changed 6/1993 to include “up to” four at-large members. They were further changed 7/98 to allow for 6 at-large members. At that time, “International” was formally added to the name of the association.

At present, all board members are elected for two-year terms, officers in odd years and directors in even years. Should a vacancy occur, it is filled by an election within the board. To continue on the board, any such board member must stand for election at the immediate next annual meeting. Officers elected at an annual general meeting in even years and directors elected in odd years serve only a one-year term. Officers and directors elected at an annual meeting assume their positions at the conclusion of the meeting.

2016 – 2017 2015 – 2016 2014 – 2015 2013 – 2014
President Marlis Humphrey
Vice President VACANT
Secretary Mark Nicholls
Treasurer Paul Silverstone
Past President Michael Goldstein
At-large Jackye Sullins
At-large Kahlile Mehr
At-large VACANT
At-large Daniel Horowitz
At-large VACANT
At-large Nolan Altman

2012 – 2013 2011 – 2012 2010 – 2011 2009 – 2010
President Michael Goldstein Michael Goldstein Michael Goldstein Michael Goldstein
Vice President Jan Meisels Allen Jan Meisels Allen Michael Brenner Michael Brenner
Secretary Joel Spector Joel Spector Joel Spector Joel Spector
Treasurer Paul Silverstone Paul Silverstone Paul Silverstone Paul Silverstone
Past President Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee
At-large Jackye Sullins Jackye Sullins Jackye Sullins Jackye Sullins
At-large Kahlile Mehr Kahlile Mehr Kahlile Mehr Kahlile Mehr
At-large Jay Sage Jay Sage Jay Sage Bill Israel
At-large Daniel Horowitz Daniel Horowitz Daniel Horowitz Daniel Horowitz
At-large Mark Nicholls Mark Nicholls Jan Meisels Allen Jan Meisels Allen
At-large Nolan Altman Nolan Altman Nolan Altman Nolan Altman

2008 – 2009 2007 – 2008 2006 – 2007 2005 – 2006
President Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee
Vice President Michael Brenner Michael Brenner Michael Brenner Michael Brenner
Secretary Joel Spector Joel Spector Joel Spector Joel Spector
Treasurer Michael Posnick Michael Posnick Michael Posnick Michael Posnick
Past President Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder
At-large Jackye Sullins Marcia Meyers Marcia Meyers Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
At-large Kahlile Mehr Florence Elman* Florence Elman Florence Elman
At-large Bill Israel Martha Lev-Zion* Martha Lev-Zion Martha Lev-Zion
At-large Daniel Horowitz Daniel Schlyter Daniel Schlyter Daniel Schlyter
At-large Jan Meisels Allen Jan Meisels Allen Jan Meisels Allen Jan Meisels Allen
At-large Paul Silverstone Paul Silverstone Paul Silverstone Paul Silverstone

2004 – 2005 2003 – 2004 2002 – 2003 2001 – 2002
President Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder
Vice President Michael Brenner Michael Brenner Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee
Secretary Joel Spector Joel Spector Joel Spector Joel Spector
Treasurer Michael Posnick Michael Posnick Michael Posnick Michael Posnick
Past President Howard Margol Howard Margol Howard Margol Howard Margol
At-large Ellen Shindelman Kowitt Ellen Shindelman Kowitt Michael Brenner Michael Brenner
At-large Florence Elman Anthony Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony Joseph
At-large Martha Lev-Zion Martha Lev-Zion Martha Lev-Zion Garry Stein
At-large Daniel Schlyter Daniel Schlyter Daniel Schlyter Daniel Schlyter
At-large Jan Meisels Allen Judith Frazin Judith Frazin Judith Frazin
At-large Paul Silverstone Arnold Tolken Arnold Tolken Arnold Tolken

2000 – 2001 1999 – 2000 1998 – 1999 1997 – 1998
President Howard Margol Howard Margol Karen Franklin Sallyann Sack*
Vice President Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder Karen Franklin
Secretary Michael Posnick Arline Sachs* Saul Issroff Saul Issroff
Treasurer Marilyn Natchez Marilyn Natchez Nancy Brant Hal Bookbinder
Past President Karen Franklin Karen Franklin Bob Weiss* Bob Weiss
At-large Michael Brenner David Fielker David Fielker Howard Margol
At-large Anthony Joseph Bruce Kahn Bruce Kahn Bruce Kahn
At-large Garry Stein Garry Stein Howard Margol Harold Tapper
At-large Daniel Schlyter Fred Davis Arline Sachs Arline Sachs
At-large Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee Anne Feder Lee
At-large Arnold Tolken Gladys Paulin Rob Sieltiel*

1996 – 1997 1995 – 1996 1994 – 1995 1993 – 1994
President Bob Weiss Bob Weiss Gary Mokotoff Gary Mokotoff
Vice President Rolf Lederer Rolf Lederer Rolf Lederer Laura Klein*
Secretary Steve Siegel Steve Siegel Bernard Kouchel Rolf Lederer
Treasurer Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder Freya Maslov Freya Maslov
Past President Gary Mokotoff Gary Mokotoff Jon Stein Jon Stein
At-large Howard Margol Nancy Arbieter Hal Bookbinder Hal Bookbinder
At-large Linda Cantor Linda Cantor Scott Meyer Scott Meyer
At-large Scott Meyer Scott Meyer Jonathan Smith Jonathan Smith
At-large Arline Sachs Arline Sachs Renee Steinig Renee Steinig

1992 – 1993 1991 – 1992 1990 – 1991 1989 – 1990
President Gary Mokotoff Gary Mokotoff Gary Mokotoff Gary Mokotoff
Vice President Laura Klein Laura Klein Suzan Wynne Suzan Wynne
Secretary Rolf Lederer Rolf Lederer Laura Klein Laura Klein
Treasurer Freya Maslov Freya Maslov Freya Maslov Freya Maslov
Past President Jon Stein Jon Stein Jon Stein Jon Stein

*Board members who did not complete terms to which they were elected.

  • Kahlile Mehr resigned in April 2014
  • Jan Meisels Allen resigned in November 2013
  • Jay Sage resigned in August 2013
  • Paul Silverstone was elected treasurer in August 2009 and Nolan Altman was appointed as Director
  • Florence Elman resigned in November 2007
  • Martha Lev-Zion resigned in September 2007; Bill Israel was appointed
  • Arline Sachs resigned in July 2000
  • Rob Sieltiel resigned in January 2000
  • Sallyann Sack resigned in September 1998
  • Laura Klein passed away in January 1994

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