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(This event has lectures in both Hebrew and English. .באירוע הזה יהיו הרצאות בעברית ובאנגלית)

In celebration of International Jewish Genealogy Month during Heshvan, the Israel Genealogy Research Association R.A. is happy to invite you to attend our annual Heshvan Event on Wednesday, 15 November, 2017 / 26 Heshvan 5778 from 16:45-19:45

There are two lectures on the program:

“Shlomo of 1000 Wives and the Khan Warriors” (Hebrew), presented by Mr. Dror Voikhansky

Solomon was born in 1832 to a Jewish family of Kuzari-Mongol origin in the Mogilev district of Belarus, with the name Haim-Bar Voikhansky. His extended family lived in Vitebsk. As a small child, he was kidnapped into the Czar’s army and advanced to the officer corps. Already in the army, he had relationships with many women with whom he had had children. When he was in Siberia he decided to desert from the army, and with the help of his wealthy family he bought false papers. He had many false names and a rabbinic title..

He was the assistant of the Tzemach Tzedek, the founder of Chabad Hasidism, who suggested that he immigrate to Eretz Israel and settle in Hebron. That is how the Haimson dynasty was founded. He returned to Russia and progressed. In the name of business, he went around Poland and Romania and left children everywhere.

His descendants were among the Russian revolutionaries, famous Zionists, the first immigrants to Eretz Israel and well-known cultural figures.

Dror Voikhansky is a professional guide. He was born and raised on Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov. He now lives on Kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emek. Dror works on genealogy as a hobby and is aided in his research by DNA testing.


How to Communicate Better with Researchers and Relatives”. (English), presented by Attorney Rony Golan

Modern genealogical research requires cooperation between researchers from different countries. The genealogical research also involves contacting new and old relatives in order to obtain information about the subject of the study. Although modern media make communication easier, they often involve unexpected difficulties. In the lecture, we will try to address the challenges we face in communicating with colleagues and relatives in different countries and how they can be harnessed for the benefit of our genealogy research.

Rony Golan is an Israeli lawyer and a professional genealogist. He is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty and member of the Israeli Bar.

He teaches law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has spoken at many IAJGS conferences. He is a member and legal advisor of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center (IIJG) in Jerusalem.


In addition, we will be honoring the volunteers who have contributed their time and effort into transcribing and digitizing otherwise unavailable documents

Refreshments will be served

Join us at Beit Wolyn, 10 Korazin Street, Givatayim

Public transportation: buses 34, 43, 55, 56, 57, 58, 64, 104, 168, 278, 472, 473 and a 10 minute walk from 33, 39 and 63

Free parking from 17:00 in the parking lot opposite Beit Wolyn

Advance registration on line required at

₪ 50 until 31 October, or ₪ 60 from 1 November

₪ 10 reduction for IGRA members and for new members


לכבוד החודש הבינלאומי לגנאלוגיה יהודית, בחודש חשון, העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל ע”ר שמחה להזמין אתכם להשתתף באירוע חשון השנתי שלנו ביום רביעי, 27 נובמבר, 2016 כ”ו חשון תשע”ז 16:45-19:45

בתוכנית יש שתי הרצאות 

 שלמה בעל 1000 הנשים ולוחמי החאן (בעברית) שתוצג על ידי מר דרור יוכונסקי

הוא זכה להיות השמש של הצמח צדק – מייסד חסידות חב”ד, שהציע שיעלה לארץ ישראל ושיתיישב בחברון. כך נוסדה שושלת חיימסון. הוא חזר לרוסיה והתקדם העסקים. בשם העסקים, הוא הסתובב בפולין וברומניה והשאיר צאצאים בכל מקום.

 הצאצאים שלו היו בין  מהפכנים הרוסים, הציונים מפורסמים, מהעליות הראשונות וגם אנשי תרבות ידועים ועוד .

 דרור וויכנסקי מורה דרך במקצועו. נולד וגדל בקיבוץ אשדות יעקב. כיום מתגורר בקיבוץ משמר העמק.

דרור עוסק בגניאולוגיה כהובי ונעזר במחקרו בבדיקות DNA.


כיצד לתקשר טוב יותר עם חוקרים ובני משפחה” שתוצג על ידי עו”ד רוני גולן

המחקר הגנאלוגי המודרני מחייב שיתוף פעולה בין חוקרים שונים הנמצאים במדינות שונות. המחקר הגנאלוגי אף כרוך ביצירת קשר עם קרובי משפחה חדשים וותיקים על מנת לנסות ולקבל מהם מידע אודות נשוא המחקר.

אף שאמצעי התקשורת המודרניים מקלים על יצירת הקשר, הם כרוכים לעיתים בקשיים בלתי צפויים.

בהרצאה ננסה לעמוד על האתגרים העומדים בפנינו בתקשורת עם עמיתים וקרובים הנמצאים במדינות שונות וכיצד אפשר לרתום אותם לטובת המחקר הגנאלוגי שלנו. כיצד לתקשר טוב יותר עם חוקרים ובני משפחה

רוני גולן הוא עורך דין ישראלי וגנאלוג מקצועי. הוא בוגר הפקולטה למשפטים באוניברסיטת תל אביב וחבר בלשכת עורכי הדין בישראל.

הוא מלמד משפטים באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים. הוא דיבר בכנסים רבים של IAJGS. הוא חבר ויועץ משפטי של המכון הבינלאומי לגניאלוגיה יהודית ומרכז פול ג’ייקובי בירושלים.


בנוסף לכך, נכבד את המתנדבים שלנו שתרמו מזמנם וממרצם בהעתקת והפיכת מסמכים לקבצים דיגיטליים, שאחרת לא היו זמינים.

כיבוד קל יוגש.

נשמח לראותכם בהיכל יהדות ווהלין, כורזין 10, גבעתיים

תחבורה ציבורית: קווי אוטובוס 34, 43, 55, 56, 57, 58, 64, 104, 168, 278, 472, 473  ובמרחק הליכה של כ-10 דקות: 33, 39, 63.

חניה חינם החל משעה 17:00 במגרש החניה מול היכל יהדות ווהלין.

הרשמה מוקדמת באתר

50 ₪ עד 31 באוקטובר / י”א חשון, או 60 ₪ מ1 בנובמבר / י”ב חשון.

 10 ₪ הנחה לחברי העמותה וגם לחברים חדשים.

An additional 13,000 records have been added to IGRA’s All Israel Databases. A preview is available  including information about each of the additions. Two of these databases have new data added and five are new to our collection. We thank the participating Archives and the many volunteers who worked to prepare these databases.

An attempt is made to provide variety to our collection and this release continues this precedent. We have something for the British Mandate and State of Israel time divisions; marriage/divorce, voters, occupations, youth movements and illegal immigration.

HaShomer HaTzair Members in Galicia, 1919-1920: This information comes from the Archives at Givat Haviva. It is a handwritten, alphabetical list in latin characters. Alongside the name is the city the person is from. (images available)

Voters’ List – Knesset Israel, 1936: This list comes from the Central Zionist Archives and is an update. The people mentioned here were eligible (considered adults) to vote in the Assembly of Representatives (of the Jewish community in British controlled Palestine). The information includes the name of the father and the locality and is in Hebrew. (no images available)

Members of the Histadrut HaMorim (Teacher’s Union) 1945: The information was located at the Tel Aviv University library and is in Hebrew. The list mentions members according to city and school. (images available).

Births to Cyprus Detainees, 1948-49: In IGRA’s continued cooperation with the JDC Archives we are able to present this new database. From 1946 until early 1949, the British confined over 53,000 Jewish refugees not permitted to enter Palestine, many of whom were Holocaust survivors, in detention camps on Cyprus. These weekly lists document babies born to residents of the camps during the period August 1948-February 1949. The lists record more than 500 births and include date of birth, sex, mother’s name, and camp number. A link is provided on the detail page to the record on the JDC Archive website. The lists are in English. (no image available)

South Africans Fallen in Israel: The information regarding the 87 people mentioned here is taken from the Memorial in the Lavi Forest. In addition to the name, birth and death dates are given when known. (no image available)

Hapoel Haifa Soccer Players: These names represent players for Hapoel Haifa Soccer team over the years and is available on the internet. The position played by each is mentioned and sometimes a birth year is available. (no image available)

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates: This addition is part of our ongoing project with the Israel State Archives. Each certificate provides rich detail regarding the husband and wife, their parents and – in some instances – the witnesses. The certificates are primarily in Hebrew but in some cases the names are in English as well. It is easily possible to see the transcription of the information on the spouse by doing a second search once you have the name from the certificate. (images available)

The images, when available, are accessible to members only. Membership in IGRA is from January – December of each year. (Spoiler alert!! From October 1 it will be possible to become a NEW member in IGRA for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018 – 15 months for the price of 12!)

We always welcome new volunteers to help us prepare the various databases. Please write to us at for further information or sign up to help with our online indexing project.


And they said it couldn’t be done! In less than six years the IGRA database team, headed by Rose Feldman and assisted by Daniel Horowitz, Carol Hoffman and a league of volunteers have made available to the public over 1,000,000 records relating to Eretz Israel from the Ottoman Empire through the British Mandate to the State of Israel.

The preview of the database release will give you an overview of what has been released this month. We encourage you to view it for additional insights for this release.

Here are the details of what you may expect to find on the fourteen databases represented in this release:

Tombstones of the Jewish Cemetery of Salonica, Greece – (images) The basis of this database is from a book written by Michael Molho found in the National Library of Israel. The images are of the index of tombstones found in this book.

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates – (images) We are adding 430 additional certificates to this database. It is possible to have the following information: name, name of parent, occupation of parent, witness name and occupation, date, locality, address, age, religion, occupation. These are part of a project in cooperation with the Israel State Archives.

1928-1931 Petah Tikva Marriages & Divorces – (images) This set of records is in Hebrew and comes from the Petach Tikva History Archives and Museum. There is the date, locality and status of each individual.

1931-1940 Jerusalem Marriages – (no images) – These records represent an update to the existing database of Marriages in the ledgers of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities, Jerusalem found in the  Jerusalem Municipal Archives. It contains names of brides and grooms with names of their fathers and the date of their marriage. The ledger belongs to the Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities, Jerusalem, who have given permission to publish this database.

1939-1945: The Dublin Committee for the Relief of the Russian, Polish & Palestine Jews – (images) This database is in English and contains the names and amounts of those who contributed. The information comes from the British Library.

1940 Prohibited Immigrants – (images) This list of over 1600 people who were not granted permission to come in to Palestine in 1940. The information included has name, gender, age and nationality. IGRA received this information from the Israel State Archives.

1941 Members of Histadrut HaMorim (Teachers’ Union) – (images) This list of over 2,700 teachers, all members of the Teachers’ Union is from the Tel Aviv University. Besides the names of the teacher there may also be the locality, neighborhood and name of the educational institution.

1942 Enlistment to the British Army from Petah Tikva – (images) In addition to the names you may find the address, locality, date and unit/squadron. This file is an update to one published earlier. The data comes from the Petach Tikva History Archives and Museum.

1946-1947 HaShomer HaTzair Youth – (images) This group of close to 800 people were organized in Poland and ready to come to Palestine under the auspices of the HaShomer HaTzair Youth. The information may include name, date, birth year, locality, country, gender and comments. The file was located at Yad Ya’ari Archives, Givat Haviva.

1948 Municipal Employees in Petah Tikva – (images) This database is also built from material at the Petach Tikva History Archives and Museum. For the workers included in this database you may find the locality, birth year, occupation and place of employment.

September, 1949 Operation On Eagles Wings – (no images) More than 8,600 names are added now to this growing database done in cooperation with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). These immigrants came from Yemen in an amazing effort to save this important population.

1954 Name Changes – (images) The official government publication – Yalkut HaPirsumim – regularly published the name changes. The former name, the new name (in both cases first and last names), the locality and the date are mentioned. This is an update to our database of name changes.

1963 Telephone Directory – Vol. 2 – (images) Using the CSI (Crowd Sourced Indexing) program our volunteers have made available the people listed in this volume of the 1963 telephone directory. The phone book is in English. At this time the letters A, E and F have been completed. In the future we will be adding to this database regularly.

2016 Engagements – (no images) The Engagements database is being updated with close to 900 couples engaged in 2016. This information was listed on the internet and can include the name, date, locality, gender, education and status.

We thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and invite you to join those using CSI to transcribe documents in order to make the databases available on the IGRA website. If you are interested in working on this project – please click on this link and be sure to choose The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) when you are asked to “Select a Group” in the registration process.

Annual Meeting of the Israel Genealogy Research Association
Invitation to General Assembly
Paid Members Only

Date: Tuesday, 20 June, 2017
Time: 18:00 (6pm)
Place: Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner Street, Raanana

For those not able to get to Raanana but interested in participating in the meeting here is the link to register and join the meeting Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 18:00 (6pm), Israel Daylight Time.

Be sure to register in advance.

Opening remarks/Welcome – Philip Trauring
Election of Chair and Secretary of the Annual Meeting
Approval of Minutes of previous General Assembly (June 15, 2016)
President’s Annual Report 2016 – President, Philip Trauring
Treasurer’s Annual Report 2016 – Treasurer, Eyal Hollander
Adoption of Reports
Acceptance of Audit Committee report (to be sent in advance)
Election of 2 Board Members and 3 members of the Va’adat Bikoret
Other business

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Please be prompt. If there isn’t a quorum at 18:00 the meeting will be postponed until 18:15 when the meeting will begin with those present. If you are interested in running for an open board seat or the vaadat bikoret, please send a short bio and the position your are interested in to by June 4, 2017.

העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל – אסיפה כללית הזמנה
חברים בתשלום בלבד

תאריך: יום ג’, 20 יוני 2017
שעה: 18:00
מקום: בית פישר, רחוב קלאוזנר 5, רעננה

כל המעוניין/ת להשתתף באסיפה אך לא יכול/ה להגיע לרעננה, יכול/ה להשתתף באסיפה באמצעות  האינטרנט דרך הקישור:
נא להרשם בקרוב.
סדר יום:

ברכות – פיליפ טראורינג
בחירת יו”ר ומזכיר/ה לאסיפה
קבלת פרוטוקול אסיפה הכללית הקודמת מתאריך 15 יוני 2016
דו”ח שנתי 2016 – יו”ר העמותה, פיליפ טראורינג
דו”ח שנתי 2016 – גזבר העמותה, איל הולנדר
אישור דו”ח ועדת ביקורת – נשלח מראש
בחירת 2 חברי וועד ובחירת 3 חברי וועדת הביקורת

להתראות באסיפה, נא לדייק בזמן. במידה ולא יהיה מנין חוקי של משתתפים בשעה 18:00, פתיחת האסיפה תדחה עד ל- 18:15 והאספה תפתח בנוכחות הנמצאים בלבד. כל המעוניין/ת לפעול ולהשפיע על פעילות העמותה, מוזמן/ת להתמודד על המקומות המתפנים בהנהגת העמותה, ובועדת הביקורת. לצורך כך, נא שילחו מידע אישי קצר וכן הצביעו על התפקיד שרצוי עבורכם. נא שילחו את הנ”ל ל- עד ל- 04.06.17.

With the latest addition of databases (check out our preview!) we now have over 967,000 records!! An incredible effort has been made by our volunteers and we are appealing to you to join in helping us make more records available.

Indexing records is now something most people can do from their home with little advance knowledge. The program we are now using – CSI, developed by Banai Feldman and Daniel Horowitz, allows our volunteers to work on databases a page at a time (each page needs to be completed within 24 hours). You can chose which database you want to work on and can change to a different database easily. When you sign up please be sure to choose IGRA from the pull down menu options for “Select Your Group”. Each database is described and the language of the file is mentioned. You do not need to work with Excel in order to participate. With one screen you see both the file to transcribe and the lines in the spreadsheet. Look for the databases IGRA is currently offering. Your help is most appreciated.

Our current database additions:

Births in Zikhron Ya’akov 1883-1920 (updated) – 1,409 additional listings from the Mathilde A. Tagger collection and the Zikhron Ya’akov Historical Archives. Information includes: name, birth date, license number and gender. (no images)

Jerusalem Directory, 1921 – This database is derived from a directory of Professionals, Trade and Industry. There are 3,033 listings giving the address and occupation. Our thanks to Dr. Motti Friedman for this wonderful resource. (images available)

Petah Tikva Census, 1922 – This database was built from material from the Oded Yarkoni Archives of the History of Petah Tikva. There are 3,076 people mentioned and the information consists of birth country, age, nationality and some comments. The original was handwritten in Hebrew script. (images available)

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates (updated) – We have updated this database with an additional 4,822 lines! These certificates are not the ledger of the Rabbinut. They information available may include: name, address, age, status, date of record, name of parent, occupation of parent, date of document, etc. These certificates come from the Israel State Archives. (images available)

Members of Synagogues Beit Avraham & Beit Israel, 1928 – Petah Tikva – The information is from the Oded Yarkoni Archives of the History of Petah Tikva. (images available)

Voter List – Knesset Israel, 1936 (Haifa); Voter List – Knesset Israel, 1939; Voter List – Knesset Israel, 1944 (Givatayim) – Under the British Administration there were elections for Knesset Israel or the Assembly of Representatives. This was the elected parliamentary assembly of the Jewish community in British controlled Palestine. It was established on April 19, 1920 and functioned until February 13, 1949. The lists include those eligible to vote in these elections. The lists are from the Central Zionist Archives.

In 1936 the information gathered was only the name and address. In 1939, it lists the name, gender, age and locality. In 1944 there is the name, birth year and the neighborhood. (no images)

Hashomer Hatzair Kibbutz Census, 1940-1 – Each list is slightly different. Some are hand written while others are typed. Some indicate the birth year and a few have the birth date. All indicate the name of the kibbutz and the name of the member. Some of the kibbutzim have a separate list for the men and women. The lists come from the Yad Ya’ari Archives. (images available)

Notrim – Pre-State Jewish Police Force (updated) – The information may include: name, date, address, rank, regiment, unit. This information is in English. The list comes from the Central Zionist Archives. (no images)

Youth Organizations, 1939-49 – Each list is a little different. The information may include: name, date of record, birth year, birthdate, locality, country of origin, town of origin, date of immigration and education. These lists are from the Yad Ya’ari Archives. (images available)

Name Changes, 1957 (updated) – Name changes appeared in the official government publications (Yalkut HaPirsumim). Each listing mentions the original name, both first and last; the new name, first and last and also the ID#. The lists were located in the David J. Light Law Library, TAU. (images available)

Cattle Growers, 2009 – We found this list on the internet. The information includes the name, locality and corporation. (no images)

Images can be seen by paid members. Information on joining IGRA can be found on the website.

We thank our cooperating archives and our many, many volunteers for making this release of additional databases possible. Please consider joining our efforts!