Changes to the IAJGS Board of Directors

Avraham Groll has joined the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Board of Directors as Secretary. Avraham was appointed by the IAJGS Board to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mark Nicholls. He will serve out the remainder of the term until elections at the 2017 IAJGS Annual Meeting this summer. Mark served the IAJGS as a board member since 2012 and Secretary since 2013. Mark contributed much to improving the operations and marketing of the IAJGS during his time on the board.

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Avraham Groll is well known in the Jewish genealogical community and, with his position at JewishGen, will help the IAJGS strengthen its partnership with the organization. Avraham is the Director of JewishGen.org. After studying in Israel at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim for two years, he received a BS from Ramapo College, an MBA from Montclair State University, and an MA in Judaic Studies from Touro College.

Avraham joins the new board members elected August 10th at the IAJGS 2016 Seattle Conference. Jane Berenbeim and Binyamin (Binny) Lewis were newly elected to two year term – joining re-elected board members Nolan Altman, Quinton Atkinson, Daniel Horowitz, and Shipley Munson. (Relected board members’ bios are available at www.iajgs.org/blog/about/current-board.

Jane, 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.

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Binny 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.

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