08 September 2006

On the horizon: Higher education for Jewish genealogy

An invitation-only symposium organized by the International Institute of Jewish Genealogy www.iijg.org will take place September 10-12 in Jerusalem.

"Jewish Genealogy: Research and Teaching Priorities" is being held jointly with the Centre for Migration and Genealogy, Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The institute’s goal is to is to take genealogy beyond the leisure or hobby category and create a higher education curriculum for Jewish genealogy.

In particular, the symposium will investigate elements of university courses, and necessary tools and technology required to teach Jewish genealogy classes. This will add to resources developed over the past two decades, such as the increasingly frequent publications of reference and history books, yizkor book translations, online databases and DNA studies.

The event will bring together international genealogy leaders to develop goals for the next few years and create a list of research topics.

Officers of the three Jewish genealogy societies in Israel and other experts have been invited.
I will be attending and reporting from the seminar, so stay tuned for interesting developments.

Participants include:
  • Haifa University, Professor Gur Alroey
  • Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, director Hadassah Assouline
  • Hebrew University, Professor Israel Bartal
  • Author Alexander Beider
  • Hebrew University, Avraham Hartman Institute of Contemporary Jewry chairman Sergio DellaPergola
  • Bar Ilan University, Project for the Study of Jewish Names coordinator, Professor Aaron Demsky
  • Jewish National University Library, deputy director Rosalind Duke
  • Douglas E. Goldman Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth, founder Douglas E. Goldman
  • Moshe Carmilly Institute, director Ladislau Gyemant (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania)
  • Board for Certification of Genealogist and teacher at Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research Thomas Jones
  • JewishGen managing director Susan E. King
  • Alliance Israelite Universelle Library, director Jean-Claude Kuperminc
  • IIJG director Neville Lamdan
  • Hebrew University, History Professor Dov Levin
  • Sephardic researcher/author Dr. Jeffrey Malka
  • IAJGS past president/genealogist/publisher Gary Mokotoff
  • Technology expert/researcher Dr. Stephen P. Morse
  • IIJG president Sallyann Sack
  • University of Cape Town (South Africa), Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies head Milton Shain
  • Rabbinic genealogy expert Rabbi Shlomo Englard
  • Technion Faculty of Medicine, Nephrology and Molecular Medicine director Dr. Karl Skorecki
  • Israel Genealogical Society past president Jean-Pierre Stroweis
  • Sephardic genealogist/author Matilde Tagger
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Materials and Interfaces, Livio Norzi Chair Professor H. Daniel Wagner
  • Hebrew University, retired senior librarian/Galician Jewry expert Rabbi Meir Wunder
  • Open University of Israel, Center for Technology in Distance Education, director Yoav Yair

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