IGRA Remembers
Our association has benefited from many volunteers and supporters over the years, and here we recognize those who have contributed to IGRA and the the world of genealogy, but have sadly passed. These people are sorely missed – as volunteers, supporters, and as friends. Each was unique in his/her contribution and we encourage you to read about these special people.

Leesa Goren
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1950-2020
Leesa Freedman Goren grew up in Granite City, Illinois. After atrtending Harvard, and getting her MBA at Washington University, she and her family made aliyah in 1985. She worked for an international investment company, was active in her kehilla in Petach Tikva, and volunteered for the Emunah Organization. Leesa was a founding member of IGRA, serving on the board, as the first Treasurer, and later on the Audit Committee.

Harvey Krueger
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1929-2017
Harvey Krueger was a prominent investment banker in both the US and Israel, and was the first banker to bring Israel to the international capital markets. He was an important philanthropist, who supported many worthy institutions, including genealogical organizations in the US and Israel. Harvey was a major contributor to Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, The Peres Center for Peace, JewishGen.org, Beit Hatfutsot, the IAJGS and IGRA.

Martha Lev-Zion
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1940-2014
Martha Levinson Lev-Zion was born in Los Angeles, CA and made aliyah in 1977. She was a historian of modern European intellectual history at the Ben Gurion University, in Be'er Sheva, Israel. She wrote and lectured about the Jews of Franconia and Thüringen [Germany] and Courland [Latvia] in many international conferences. Martha was founder of the Negev (southern) branch of the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) and was associated with the Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Latvia. She was a founder of IGRA and served on the Executive Committee for several years.

Mathilde A. Tagger
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1933-2014
Mathilde A. Tagger was born in Tangiers, Morocco. She had an MA degree in Library and Information Sciences from Hebrew University in Jerusalem; was Chief Librarian of the Atmospheric Sciences Department, Hebrew University and then the Scientific Advisor for Special Information Projects at the Ministry of Science and Development. She went on to become a specialist in Sephardic research, especially names (onomastics) in the Sephardic world. She single-handedly created many of the databases on SephardicGen.com. She was a founding member of IIJG and served for many years on the Institute’s Executive Committee and was a founding member of IGRA.