International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies bestowed
four awards for 2005, recognizing outstanding individual and organizational
contributions to Jewish Genealogy. These awards were presented by
Hal Bookbinder for the 2005 awards committee chairman, Sylvia Furshman
Nusinov, during the banquet held in conjunction with the 25th IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Las Vegas, Thursday
14 July 2005.
The 2005 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement
Award was presented to Susan King
her twenty years of pioneering vision and leadership in making resources
freely available to the worldwide Jewish genealogical community.
Through her tireless devotion many thousands of people who might
never have explored their Jewish roots have successfully done so,
benefiting from the continually
expanding array of online resources offered by JewishGen.
She has changed the face of Jewish genealogy with a clear and focused
goal of preserving our history for future generations.
2005 IAJGS Outstanding Contribution to
was presented to
Recognizing the unique and exceptional resources that is the
Database of Shoah Victims' Names.
This database provides convenient worldwide access to information
on millions of victims of the Shoah and so preserves their eternal
memory while facilitating the documentation of additional victims.
Its easily searchable repository of digitized Pages of Testimony
is an invaluable resource to researchers linking them both to the
victims of the Shoah and to long-lost family members. The award
was accepted in behalf of Yad Vashem by Gary Mokotoff.
2005 IAJGS Outstanding
Project Award was presented the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los
In recognition of a series of events and programs marking the society's
2004, JGSLA celebrated its 25th anniversary in several ways:
(1) Nancy Holden, editor of Roots-Key, created a special double
issue to mark this milestone. The issue also included a nine-page
centerfold spread of pre-1900 photographs of JGSLA ancestors.
(2) David Hoffman composed a 25th Anniversary Memorial Program Booklet
that generated donations to a Special
Projects and Programs Fund.
(3) Pamela Weisberger filmed and edited a video, "Genealogy
Anyone?" which combined interviews with founding members and
present members. The video was shown at our October 25th Anniversary
(4) Miriam Weiner, JGSLA member and noted genealogist, was our featured
speaker at the meeting.
(5) They presented a special speaker in honor of our anniversary,
at the Skirball Cultural Center. Program Vice President, Jan Allen,
organized a speaking tour for Yale Reisner, from Warsaw to the U.S.
and Canada, with the cooperation of five other Jewish Genealogical
(6) Programs were co-sponsored with major Jewish institutions in
Los Angeles, including the Skirball Cultural Center, the Museum
of Tolerance, the Simon Wiesenthal Library and Archives, and the
Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles.
(7) The society participated in a very successful
Yiddishkayt Festival at the Japanese Cultural Center
in Los Angeles, and in special events at the Museum of the American
West/Autry National Center, and the New Jewish Community Center
at the Milken.
The 2005 IAJGS Award for Outstanding Publication
by an IAJGS member Society was presented to the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Greater Philadelphia
the excellence of Chronicles,
its quarterly journal. With over two-thirds of its content original
and authored by members, it is truly a publication by members for
members. Its editorial philosophy stresses variety, combining Jewish
history, culture, family stories and research techniques. Effective
editing and graphic design add to the overall impact that it has
made in the genealogical community scores of people remain remote
members primarily to receive this fine publication. The award was
accepted by Mark Halpern, society president.