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Following the summer lull in lectures and activities in Israel (but a very full week at the 39th IAJGS Conference in Cleveland, OH) IGRA begins our Fall program this week and will have lectures during September in Givatayim (in Hebrew), in Ra’anana (in English) and a lecture in Rehovot (in Hebrew).

At the IAJGS Conference there were many sessions regarding research in Israel with strong attendance. IGRA members lead these sessions. During the banquet Karen Franklin received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. IGRA President, Philip Trauring, received the IAJGS Outstanding Project Award for his B&F Compendium of Jewish Genealogy. Rosemary Eshel received an “IAJGS Salute!”, and IGRA received the Stern Grant to help develop our new Mediterranean Basin Project. Congratulations to all.

The lectures in September are as follows –

September 4: Givatayim, Garri Regev will talk about “How to Make the Most of the JewishGen Resources” – in Hebrew.

September 10: Ra’anana, Daniel Horowitz will speak in English on “How I Met My Singers, A Success Story of Genealogy”. Please note that the Ra’anana lectures this year are at a new location.

September 22: Rehovot, meeting at the Weizmann Institute, will hear from Daniel Wagner in Hebrew. Additional information will be available shortly.

Individual notices have been sent regarding each of these lectures; our calendar and newsletters have specifics. We will make every effort to record these lectures and make them available at a later date on the IGRA website.

Each year (as part of International Jewish Genealogy Month) IGRA has its Heshvan Event with lectures and recognition of our volunteers. This year it will be held at the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem (see attached program) on Wednesday, November 6. Registration is required and places are limited. A light lunch is included in the price of the event. The program will be in Hebrew, but there will be English descriptions on the presentations. The final session will have two lectures, and you will be able to choose between Hebrew or English.  As we get closer to the event information will be sent to those registered regarding transportation to the Central Zionist Archives.

Heshvan Event 2019 Program

Also, available here are instructions for the payment process. Heshvan Event payment 2019

PLEASE NOTE: Only those who pay registration in advance are guaranteed a place. If you choose to pay at the door you may not be able to attend the event due to lack of space.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events!

On June 19, IGRA is hosting a day of lectures that were originally given at a variety of international conferences in the past year. We are bring those lectures together at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv, so that those who were not able to go to those conferences can hear some of the top lectures in Jewish genealogy.

There will be concurrent lectures in Hebrew and English throughout the day, which will be followed by the IGRA Annual General Meeting (AGM). Lectures are open to everyone (60 NIS for members and 90 NIS for non-members, including lunch), while the AGM is open only to members of IGRA.

Doors will open at 9:30 am, followed by the keynote lecture by Prof. Gil Atzmon at 10:00 am on the topic of The Jewish Genome in Jewish History.

At 10:45 am the dual language tracks will begin, which will include five lectures in each language. See the full schedule below:

Cost to members for this all-day event is 60 NIS, and 90 NIS for non-members. The cost includes lunch.

To register for the event, go to the event registration page.

The day of lectures will be followed by IGRA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 4:30 pm, which is open only to members of IGRA. You do not need to attend the day or lectures to attend the AGM, these are separate events. The AGM will include the election of two members to the board for two-year terms and members of the oversight committee for one-year terms.

The IGRA website provides the genealogy researcher more than our database collection. In addition we have a variety of Resources, Articles and Videos/Recorded lectures. On a regular basis we add to each of these collections. All of our resources are connected to genealogy but not all are connected directly to genealogy in Israel. In the Resources section you can find materials to help you with research in many regions of the world, including Israel. One resource that you may not have noticed is “The Holocaust in France: A Resource Guide”.

Jean-Pierre Stroweis has prepared an amazing compilation of references to the Holocaust in France. Some materials are in French, others in English – some are in both. There are links to websites as well as references to books. In addition to background, descriptions and explanations there are lists of names with information regarding those people.

If you are researching this time period in France these are important resources for you to explore, and for all of us a reference to help us grasp the enormity of this time in our history.


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 continues to improve the AID (All Israel Databases). The databases that are included in the AID collection come from over 30 Archives. Some archives have graciously allowed us to share the images associated with the databases while others have not given us permission to do so. It is now easier to identify which databases have images available and which do not. We have added an “image indicator” to the result of those records with an image available.

The first line does not have an image available. The second line does.

If you missed the announcement – there have been recent additions to the AID collection:

1928 Tel Aviv Census, Nordea neighborhood

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates – updated with additional certificates

1944 Voter List for Knesset Israel

1944 Immigrants via North Africa

1945 Rehovot Local Election Voter List

1945 Immigrants – updated

1945 First Children’s Convoy to Palestine from Paris

December 1949, “Operation On Eagles Wings” – updated

1963 Telephone Directory, Tel Aviv, Letters N, O, R and first half of S


Please check out these new additions and look for the “image indicator”.