International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
 

IAJGS Membership Development

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)

IAJGS Membership Development Committee

The IAJGS created the IAJGS Membership Development Committee in 2011 with committee members representing the international Jewish genealogical community. The members were selected based on their skills and experience and on the size and geography of their member society. Each of the members has been assigned responsibility for a region. The committee members' JGS affiliations are listed only for identification purposes.


Daniel Dratwa, President, Cercle de Généalogie Juive de Belgique, [JGS Belgium] (Europe)
Barbara Hershey, President of JGS Oregon (US Pacific Northwest)
Marlis Humphrey, President, IAJGS and JGS Orlando (US Southeast)
Merle Kastner, Vice President, JGS Montreal (Canada)
Genie Milgrom, President, JGS Greater Miami (Latin America)
Mark Nicholls, Secretary IAJGS and Member, JGS Great Britain, (Europe)
Carol Shkolnik, Chairperson, Columbus (Ohio) Jewish Historical Society (US Midwest)
Janette Silverman, President, Phoenix JGS (AZ Jewish Historical Society) (US Southwest)
Chuck Weinstein, Immediate Past President of JGS Long Island (US Northeast/Mid-Atlantic)

Mission Statement

The purpose of the IAJGS Membership Development Committee is to identify potential new members from existing organizations, help encourage the formation of new JGSs in areas where there is a Jewish population and no existing JGS, enhance membership of existing member societies, and help struggling member societies to survive and grow.

The purpose of the IAJGS Membership Development Committee is to identify potential new members from existing organizations, help encourage the formation of new JGSs in areas where there is a Jewish population and no existing JGS, enhance membership of existing member societies, and help struggling member societies to survive and grow. The Membership Development Committee is an on-going IAJGS committee comprised of IAJGS members reflective of different organizations based on geographic locations, size, and structure. .

Membership Development Resources

JGS Management Session at IAJGS 33rd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy 2013
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JGS Management Session Power Point
- Handout from JGS Management Session
- About Bylaws: This document was developed to assist new and forming JGSs with this essential governing document. The “About Bylaws” document is an explanation in everyday English of why certain items should be included in bylaws and others in a policy and procedure manual.
- Sample Bylaws: This document was developed to assist new and forming JGSs with this essential governing document.

Annual report

Starting a JGS - The First Steps: A PDF file with a detailed list of suggestions and steps how to form a Jewish Genealogical Society in the US or outside of the US.

How To Create a JGS In Your Hometown- recently revised  with applicability for both US and Non-US organizations. Please contact the vice president of IAJGS to request a copy.

Why Form a JGS: For a PDF file with a detailed list of reasons why and how to form a Jewish Genealogical Society in the US click here. If you would like to form a JGS outside of the US use this file.

Why Someone Should Join a JGS: A flyer template is available that genealogy societies may use to encourage people to join their society. It is a Word document (DOCX rather than PDF) so that each society can add their own logo, name, and contact information and make any other desired changes. You may wish to add highlights of your society's activities, photos, exclusive membership provisions, dues information -- whatever your society deems best in promoting membership in the society. Click here to download the file. Do not use the OPEN option; rather use the SAVE option to place the file on your disk.

Why a Society Should Join IAJGS: For a PDF file with a detailed list of reasons why a society should belong to the IAJGS, click here.

Why a Person Should Join a JGS: For a PDF file with a detailed list of reasons why someone should belong to a Jewish Genealogical Society, click here.



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