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Institute Milestones (2006 – 2015)    

Since the Institute opened in January 2006, it has made considerable progress towards  achieving its goals.

  • Founding event – September 2006: A well-attended International Symposium was held in Jerusalem, thus putting the Institute on the academic map.
  • Research – Since 2007, Research Grants have been awarded annually for innovative projects in the field of Jewish genealogy.
  • At present (2013), 15 projects of different kinds have been completed or are in progress, at various levels of maturity.
  • Several final reports on the “pure research” projects have been posted on this Website.
  • A number of academic articles about the Institute’s work and research have been published.
  • Teaching – Fall 2008/Spring 2009: “Academic Guidelines” for BA and MA courses in Jewish Genealogy elaborated and offered to universities teaching Jewish Studies.
  • June 2011: “Academic Guidelineswere posted in various formats on this Website.
  • Tools and Technologies – Summer 2008: a standard for recording names, dates and places in genealogical databases was proposed.
  • Fall 2008: the “Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching” system, a technological breakthrough in the field of soundexing, made public,.
  • Winter 2008: A system for the merging of genealogical datasets (primarily burial and civil records) was developed.
  • Winter 2008: Jacobi papers inventoried.
  • Subsequent milestones -August 2009: A precedent-setting panel, wholly devoted to Jewish genealogy, was sponsored by the Institute at 15th Congress of the World Union of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), thus according a measure of academic recognition to Jewish genealogy as sub-branch of Jewish Studies for the first time.
  • July 2010: The Institute sponsored a 2nd panel on Jewish genealogy at the 9th Congress of the European Association of Jewish Studies (Ravenna).
  • August 2010: a positive “Performance Review”, covering its first four years of the Institute’s operation, was received from a highly-qualified outside observer, Prof. Yona Ettinger, of Jerusalem.
  • April and May 2011: the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council endorsed a multi-year demographic and genealogical project on Scottish Jewry, to be conducted by the Institute.
  • August 2011: a paper entitled “IIJG – 5 Years of Progress” was received with acclaim at the 31st Conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Washington DC.
  • September 2011: the Institute participated in a major (non-Jewish) genealogical event, the 7th International Colloquium of the International Academy of Genealogy (Bologna, Italy).
  • January 2012: work on the “Two Hundred Years of Scottish Jewry” project began officially, with significant funding from the Rothschild Foundation (Europe).
  • February 2012: a new framework for independent research projects associated with  the Institute was initiated, commencing with the WIRTH Project.
  • March 2012: an international panel was set up to examine “Ethics and Jewish Genealogy”, with a mandate to recommend “ethical guidelines” for Jewish genealogists.
  • April 2012: Gorr papers indexed.
  • September 2012: the Institute held a Joint Symposium with the Russian Institute for Genealogical Research at the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg on the “Genealogy and Family History of Jews in Russia”.
  • October 2012: a mega-project on the “Lives and Lineages of Village Jews in the 19th  century Minsk Gubernya” was launched.
  • February 2013: a Genealogical Service was initiated at the National Library of Israel, in cooperation with the two genealogical societies in Israel.
  • March 2013: Karo papers received for genealogical collections repository.
  • April 2013: an outline plan for the Institute’s objectives for the next 2-3 years was approved.
  • July 2013: A session devoted to Jewish genealogy was sponsored by the Institute at 16th Congress of the World Union of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), following the precedent set at the 15th Congress in 2009.
  • July 2013: this WUJS session was followed by a separate discussion on “Research Directions for Jewish Genealogy.
  • August 2013: A closed session for academics and tenured faculty on “Teaching Jewish Genealogy at the University Level” was held at the 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (Boston).
  • August 2013: at the same Conference, Founding Director, Dr. Neville Lamdan, was presented with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for his vision in establishing the Institute and directing it from 2006-2012.
  • January 2014: “Leslie Caplan Genealogical Repository” launched, in conjunction with the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, Jerusalem
  • October 2013: Preparation of Jacobi Monographs for publication begun.
  • February 2014: Genealogical Advisory Service initiated at National Library of Israel on the basis of an IIJG proposal and in conjunction with it.
  •  January 2015: “Associated Programs” framework launched to accommodate academically accredited courses and programs seeking IIJG patronage.
  • January 2015: A research Prize, in the name of the late Mathilde Tagger, was inaugurated.
  • March 2015: A Memorandum of Association for the first of the associated courses (above) was signed with Daemen College in Amherst, New York State, USA.
  • July 2015: IIJG acted as a sponsor of the 35th IAJGS International Conference in Jerusalem
  • September 2015: National Library of Israel posted outline course on Jewish Genealogy, based on resources located in the Library, including IIJG materials (Jacobi collection)