The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Announces Annual Awards

The IAJGS presented its 2022 awards and grants at the Annual Meeting of its virtual 42nd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. The conference has more than 800 attendees from 17 countries and 39 states in the United States. This year’s recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Harry Boonin, Philadelphia

Nolan Altman Volunteer of the Year: David Rosen, Boston

Outstanding Resource: Jean-Pierre Stroweis, Jerusalem

Outstanding Publication: San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant: The Forward

John Stedman Memorial Grant: Stadtmuseum Hofgeismar, Germany – Jewish Department

IGRA is pleased that Jean-Pierre Stroweis (a veteran member of IGRA) has received this special recognition for his unique contribution to Jewish genealogy. Here’s the wording of the announcement of the award by Sandra Golden, Publicity Chair, IAJGS:

Jerusalem resident receives IAJGS Outstanding Resource award at Virtual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

Jean-Pierre Stroweis from Jerusalem, Israel has been selected for the Outstanding Resource Award at the 42nd Annual IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held virtually Aug. 21-25.

He was recognized for the Online Memorial to the Jews deported from France, a free bilingual database of 80,000 Holocaust victims who were deported from France or murdered there. For the past 7 years, he has been working tirelessly to not only convert Serge Klarsfeld’s Memorial booksinto a searchable tool, but also to correct errors and add missing details based on his own research. His database links each victim’s name to other websites containing additional information pertaining to that individual, making it easier for researchers to find a victim in a range of sources via a single search. Search the Memorial at: https://stevemorse.org/france

The IAJGS is an umbrella organization of more than 90 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide.  The IAJGS coordinates and organizes activities such as its annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and provides a unified voice as the spokesperson on behalf of its members. The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective and respected community, enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage. Find the IAJGS at: www.iajgs.org and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iajgsjewishgenealogy.  

MAZAL TOV, Jean-Pierre!

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