IAJGS Award Nominations

All awards and grants will be subject to the specific criteria as outlined and must be submitted in accordance with the general rules described on this page.

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General Rules

  • All award and grant nominations must be made in accordance with the IAJGS Awards Matrix.
  • Current IAJGS Board members and the Award Committee members are not eligible for awards.
  • Nominations must specify for which award or grant the person or organization is being nominated and must include the specified information as required for that award or grant.
  • Nominations must include the name, address, phone number, and email address, if applicable, for the organization making the nomination (including contact name) and for the person or group being nominated.
  • Only completed applications will be considered by the committee.
  • Each application for nomination will be examined on its own individual merit.
  • All entries must be submitted by the deadline as specified on the nomination form.
  • Nominations must be made using the Award Nomination Form or the Grant Nomination Form. Any nominations posted on any discussion group or other location will not be considered.
  • All nominating material for awards, except when submitted by email, should be supplied in five copies. If providing five hard copies is a significant hardship, please contact the Achievement Awards Committee Chair listed on the Award Nomination Form to determine whether an alternative is feasible.
  • Nomination packages should be submitted only once when all information is complete.
  • Nomination packages should include no more than five (5) personal reference letters.

  


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Available Awards and Grants

The following awards and grants are available. For a detailed summary of the purpose, criteria, eligibility, and rules for each type of award and grant, click on the appropriate link.

  


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Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This grant of funds is intended to encourage institutions or organizations—Jewish or not—to pursue projects, activities, and acquisitions that provide new or enhanced resources to benefit Jewish genealogists. Factors to be considered in the evaluation of nominations include:

  1. Will our grant tangibly increase the likelihood that the project will be accomplished?
  2. Will the project results be made available to the overall community of Jewish genealogists and will it be offered without charge?
  3. Is the time the project is expected to take reasonable (both in terms of doing an adequate job as well as for the availability of the results—in general, 12-18 months is a reasonable timeframe)?

Who Can Receive

The Grant is to be given to not-for-profit institutions or organizations rather than to individuals.

Who May Nominate

The institution or organization may be nominated by an individual or group, member or non-member, or self nominated. The Stern/Stedman Award Committee can proactively pursue additional nominees.

Frequency

The grant is generally awarded annually. Grantees may be previous winners, but not for the same project.

Other Information

  1. The amount of the award is set by the IAJGS Board.
  2. The IAJGS Board shall review progress on all awards through completion.

  


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John Stedman Memorial Grant

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This grant is similar to the Stern Grant. The original bequest was for $35,000. Through 2019, the IAJGS has granted and disbursed $21,000, in amounts of $3000 each.

Who Can Receive

The Grant is to be given to not-for-profit institutions or organizations rather than to individuals.

Who May Nominate

The institution or organization may be nominated by an individual or group, member or non-member, or self nominated. The Stern/Stedman Award Committee can proactively pursue additional nominees.

Frequency

The grant is generally awarded annually. Grantees may be previous winners, but not for the same project.

Other Information

  1. The amount of the award is set by the IAJGS Board.
  2. The IAJGS Board shall review progress on all awards through completion.

  


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IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This award in the form of a plaque is presented to an individual in recognition of a series of achievements over the course of years. The cumulative contribution of these achievements should have significantly advanced the cause of Jewish genealogy.

Who Can Receive

The award is made to an individual for outstanding contributions of major significance and benefit to Jewish genealogy. (The Committee may consider a partnership of more than one individual if the two have worked together for a significant period of time on the same projects.)

Who May Nominate

Nominations must be submitted by regular member societies of the IAJGS. The Committee may also consider potential awardees who come to its attention via other means. Recipients may not self-nominate.

Frequency

The award may be given annually, but only if there is a deserving awardee. An annual award is not required.

Other Information

The award may be given to an individual no more than once.

  


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Outstanding Project/Resource/Program

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This award in the form of a plaque is presented in recognition of excellence in the creation of a new or enhanced, individual or series of project(s), resource(s), or program(s) for the benefit of Jewish genealogical researchers.

Who Can Receive

The award is made to an individual, to partnerships of individuals, or to an organization. The recipient is not required to be an IAJGS member or member society.

Who May Nominate

IAJGS member societies (regular or associate) nominate recipients. In addition, the Awards Committee may consider potential awardees that come to its attention via other means.

Frequency

The award is generally presented annually, and there can be no more than one recipient. The recipient may be a previous winner, but not for the same project.

  


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Outstanding Publication

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This award in the form of a plaque recognizes excellence on the part of an IAJGS member organization for a primarily original-content publication or series that has been made available to Jewish genealogists and furthers their research.

Who Can Receive

Regular members of the IAJGS.

Who May Nominate

Members (regular and associate) may submit nominations, and the Awards Committee may additionally consider potential awardees that come to its attention via other means or may initiate a nomination.

Frequency

The award is generally presented annually, and the recipient may be a previous winner. There may be up to two winners annually if the two are different types of publication, for example a journal and a newsletter.

  


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IAJGS Member of the Year

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This award in the form of a plaque recognizes 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

Who Can Receive

Regular members of the IAJGS.

Who May Nominate

Members (regular and associate) may submit nominations, and the Awards Committee may additionally consider potential awardees that come to its attention via other means or may initiate a nomination.

Frequency

The award is generally presented annually, and there can be no more than one recipient. The recipient may be a previous winner.

  


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Volunteer of the Year

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This award in the form of a plaque recognizes the unselfish and dedicated commitment to a volunteer in pursuit of advancing Jewish genealogical research.

Who Can Receive

An individual or a partnership of individuals who are from IAJGS member organizations.

Who May Nominate

Members (regular and associate) may submit nominations, and the Awards Committee may additionally consider potential awardees that come to its attention via other means or may initiate a nomination. Self-nomination is not permitted.

Frequency

The award is generally presented annually, and there can be no more than one recipient. The recipient may be a previous winner, but not for the same project.

  


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Future Leader of the Year

For additional information and a list of past recipients, please see HERE.

Purpose & Criteria

This award in the form of a plaque is presented to 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. (The award is for the future leader, not the trainer or mentor.)

Who Can Receive

A member of an IAJGS regular member society.

Who May Nominate

Regular IAJGS member societies may submit nominations, and the Awards Committee may additionally consider potential awardees that come to its attention via other means or may initiate a nomination. Self-nomination is not permitted.

Frequency

The award is generally presented annually, and there can be no more than one recipient. The recipient may not be a previous winner.

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