Toronto-born, Michael lives in Jerusalem and is president of both the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) board member and Montreal Jewish Genealogical Society member.
He holds a BA (Concordia University) and MSW (Yeshiva University).
A genealogist who researches, mentors, lectures, and conducts workshops; carries out worldwide Jewish research; guides North Americans in locating and connecting with Israeli family, and facilitates the use of local Israeli research sources, Michael also does extensive work on behalf of lawyers and estate search firms seeking Israeli heirs.
Previously, Michael worked in Jewish communal service in both Montreal and in Israel. His posts included Davis YMHA Montreal director, Montreal Jewish Family Services Social Centre program management director and Jewish National Fund of Canada executive vice president.
Dr. Rand Fishbein
Dr. Fishbein is president of the public-policy consulting firm Fishbein Associates, Inc., in Potomac, Maryland.
He initiated efforts in the U.S. Senate saving Cairo's ancient Jewish Bassatine Cemetery from destruction and, in 1991, contributed to the rescue of Ethiopian Jews and Iraq's last 400 Jews.
In 2003, when a fire ravaged the ancient archival collection in Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine, he arranged for the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to provide emergency financial assistance for the salvage and conservation of surviving documents.
Before entering the private sector, Dr. Fishbein was a professional staff member (majority) of US Senate Defense and Foreign Operations appropriation subcommittees. He was a foreign policy/intelligence analyst on the 1987 US Senate Iran-Contra investigating committee and co-author of a portion of its final report, and later served as special assistant for National Security Affairs to Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI).
According to Fishbein: "JewishGen seeks to accomplish in our modern age what our great sages, academies and traditions of the past have sought to do. That is, to build a bridge between generations that is personal, profound, and enduring. The survival of the Jewish people is one of the great and ennobling stories of mankind. Its illumination is both the mission and the challenge of JewishGen. I am honored and privileged to be asked to join such a visionary team."
His degrees include a PhD (International Relations/Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.); and received two Fulbright fellowships (St. Antony's College, Oxford University; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London). In Brussels, he was a fellow at the North Atlantic Assembly, NATO's inter-parliamentary forum.
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