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IGRA is pleased to announce that it is expanding its activities in the Gush Dan area, with a series of lectures to be held at the Beit Shazar Library, 30 Yavne’eli Street, Givatayim.  The inaugural lecture, Lost Identity and Other Research Stories will be presented in Hebrew on 5 September, 2018/25 Elul 5778 at 19:30 by Attorney Rony Golan. In his lecture, Attorney Golan will discuss the discovery of the identity and family of an orphaned Holocaust survivor child and other exciting and emotional research stories that illustrate various aspects of genealogical research.

Attorney Rony Golan is a professional genealogist who has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years and is a lecturer in the Hebrew University Law Faculty, serving as legal advisor to the International Institute of Jewish Genealogy and the Paul Jacobi Center.

Beit Shazar is easily reached by public transportation from most parts of Gush Dan (buses 43, 55, 56, 57, 58, 64, 104, 168, 278, 472, 473, 477, to Aluf Sade/Korazin and a 10 minute walk from 33, 34, 39, and 63 to Haro’eh/Derech Rabin).  For those driving, there is a parking lot (free from 5 PM) on Korazin Street, opposite Beit Wolyn. Street parking is mostly restricted to local residents. Yavne’eli Street is one block parallel to and behind the shops on Herzog Street.

This lecture is free to all. Future lectures: Entrance fee NIS 20.  IGRA members enter for free.

IGRA is happy to announce that during the 2018 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy that took place in Warsaw last week, a new strategic partnership between IGRA and JewishGen.org was announced. In the coming months both IGRA and JewishGen.org will allow searching records on each others’ web sites from a consolidated interface. When searching on one site you will be able to see if there are related records on the other site. We look forward to building on this partnership with JewishGen.org, and will have more to announce in the coming months as the new interface is implemented on our respective web sites.

Avraham Groll, Director of JewishGen.org, announcing new partnership with IGRA in Warsaw

Avraham Groll, Director of JewishGen, announcing new partnership with IGRA in Warsaw

JewishGen.org and the Israel Genealogy Research Association Announce an Innovative Strategic Partnership to Make Searching Israeli Records Easier and More Productive

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL / NEW YORK, NY — August 16, 2018

JewishGen.org, the largest digital repository for Jewish family history information in the world, and the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA), Israel’s largest Jewish Genealogical Society, today announced an innovative strategic partnership that provides researchers with an easy access point to search more than one million records related to Israel.

Utilizing application program interface (API) technology, JewishGen and IGRA researchers will now be able to experience the ease of searching Israeli records located on JewishGen and IGRA from one single search interface.

Avraham Groll, Director of JewishGen.org, stated, “This new agreement complements our constantly growing collection of 25+ million records, augments our Israel related offerings with rich and diverse content, and strengthens the ability of researchers to connect with Israeli relatives, while exploring their current and pre-state Israel Jewish roots. We are very pleased to partner with IGRA in this way, which furthers our goal of working with societies, organizations and individuals throughout the world to make family history records available via JewishGen.”

Philip Trauring, President of IGRA, stated, “The goal of IGRA has been from the beginning to help all people researching their families who arrived in Israel, especially through the many records we have made available on our site. Partnering with JewishGen.org allows us to get closer to achieving that goal. JewishGen.org has long been the first stop for many Jewish genealogists, and it is gratifying to us that we are able to work closely with JewishGen.org to make our records available to a wider audience, and also to help our users see what is available on the JewishGen.org site.”

Both JewishGen and IGRA are committed to increasing their Israel related records from Israel, along with those from outside Israel. The new search capabilities, to be ready in Fall 2018, will be accessible via JewishGen’s Historical Database and IGRA’s All Israel Database.

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About JewishGen.org
JewishGen.org, a proud member of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust family, is the global leader for Jewish genealogy, and offers the largest digital repository for Jewish family history information in the world. Utilizing cutting edge technology, JewishGen provides access to tens of millions of records, and has developed an online community of nearly one million people. With an extensive knowledge center of unparalleled scope, JewishGen continues to focus on its core mission of preserving Jewish family history and heritage for future generations.

About the Israel Genealogy Research Association
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is the largest genealogy society in Israel, assisting members from Israel, and from many other countries, to research their family genealogy. IGRA focuses on providing to the public a wide variety of documents and material uniquely available in Israel, from the Ottoman period, through the British Mandate period, and on into the modern Israeli period. IGRA has built, in cooperation with more than thirty archives, an online database with more than 1.25 million records. IGRA is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), and received its Member of the Year award in 2015.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the IGRA Annual General Meeting yesterday, and congratulations to everyone who was elected.

Philip Trauring, Ellen Stepak and Eyal Hollander were re-elected to their officer positions for two years.

Rose Feldman and Daniel Horowitz were elected to the Executive Council for two years.

Eli Avivi and Rosemary Eshel were elected to the open positions on the board for two years.

Rose Lerer Cohen, Susan Edel, and Leesa Goren were all elected to the Audit Committee for one year.

The full set of current positions at IGRA are:

Executive Council
President: Philip Trauring
Secretary: Ellen Stepak
Treasurer: Eyal Hollander
Member at Large: Rose Feldman
Member at Large: Daniel Horowitz

Members at Large on the Board
Eli Avivi
Elena Bazes
Rosemary Eshel
Esther Rechtschafner
Garri Regev – Immediate Past President

Audit Committee
Rose Lerer Cohen
Susan Edel
Leesa Goren

The movie shown after the AGM, Scandal at Ivansk, was on an important topic and very interesting. We highly recommend the movie.

IGRA is happy to announce that we will be screening the recently released documentary Scandal in Ivansk after the Annual General Meeting taking place on June 18, 2018.

The AGM itself will start at 4:30pm and the movie is scheduled to start at 6:00pm. They will be taking place at the ZOA House, located at 1 Daniel Frisch Street, Tel Aviv.

We would greatly appreciate it if everyone planning to attend the AGM, and/or the movie, would please register on the following web form: https://goo.gl/forms/05zfeP5y0wgOSsWT2.

Registering will help us figure out how many ballots to prepare, the amount of refreshments to order, etc.

Please note that the AGM is only open to members of IGRA.

If there is room we will allow non-members to attend the movie, for a fee which we will determine when we open it up. You can sign up with the above form to get on the waiting list for non-members to attend, and we will e-mail you if we open up attendance with details.


More information on the film:

Scandal in Ivansk
Director: David Blumenfeld
Co-Director: Ami Drozd
Running time: 78 Minutes
Web Site: scandalinivansk.com

In the small Polish town of Ivansk, one word ignites a nationwide controversy. Most of Ivansk’s Jews were killed by the Nazis, and the headstones in the Jewish cemetery were plundered for construction purposes. A group of Jewish descendants from Ivansk restore the town’s cemetery, retrieving what headstones they can. When they commission a plaque that includes the word “collaborator,” a national scandal is unleashed. This timely eye-opening documentary strives to understand why much of the nation won’t accept “collaborator” to describe Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefitted from the genocide of Jews. With the recent explosive row between Poland and Israel over this issue, Scandal in Ivansk explores the subjectivity of history and the politics of memory.

IGRA has added five new databases and updated three others. The preview will give you a good idea about our latest additions.

1914-1915 USS Tennessee, Palestine to Alexandria – (images available) This database documents the 1,858 people who were transferred from Palestine to Alexandria on the USS Tennessee. The information available may have, in addition to the name, the nationality, town of origin, date of sailing. If a family was on the ship only the name of the head of the family appears, but you should see the number of family members on board. The database is in English.

1923-1939 Petah Tikva Death Registry – (images available) The ledger is written by hand in Hebrew. In addition to the name you should find the age, sex and date of death.

1936 Voter list Knesset Israel, Tel Aviv (aleph-daled) – (images available) This list of over 15,500 names includes the father’s name, age, sex, address and the community they associated with. In Hebrew.

1921-1948 Marriage & Divorce Certificates issued during the Mandate Period – (images available)  This release adds another 860 to this specific collection. In Hebrew.

1947 Bat Yam Local Council Election – (images available)  A list of those eligible to vote in the local election. There are names and in some cases ages. In Hebrew.

October 1949, “Operation on Eagles Wings” – (no images) We bring an additional 3,505 records of individuals who came to Israel from Yemen in 1949.

Members of “Hamekasher”, Jerusalem area Bus Service – (images available) This partially handwritten Hebrew list gives the birth year for each member as well as the year they joined the cooperative and their address.

1963 Telephone Directory (K-L) – (images available) This phone book is in English. The additional information may include the phone number, address, community, neighborhood.

The IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are only available to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.

Thank you to all our volunteers who had a part in making these databases available.

Can you help us prepare additional databases? Write to us at webmaster@genealogy.org.il