08 August 2009

IAJGS: New officers elected

Tracing the Tribe congratulates Michael Goldstein of Israel on his election to the helm of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations, the umbrella group for some 75 worldwide societies.

I have spent quite some time meeting with and speaking with Michael over this past year and in Chicago at the conference. I believe that his election will assuredly breathe new life into this group - something that has been sorely needed for a number of years.

He brings a wide world view of Jewish genealogy over its many diverse aspects and understands organizational dynamics, as well as what must be done to revitalize the organization.

Michael Brenner of Nevada remains as vice president and Joel Spector of New Jersey as secretary. Paul Silverstone of New York moved up from the board to the treasurer's position (congratulations as well to Paul).

This leaves a spot on the board for an appointment by the executive committee to fill that position.

I have no doubt that Michael will ultimately select a person with particular talents and knowledge. As many of us understand, that knowledge, talent and skills will be important in representing, facilitating and opening doors to improvements in contacts with non-Anglo societies in various parts of the world, the Sephardic genealogy world and as a bridge to bringing in younger members. The ultimate appointment will certainly be interesting.

During odd-numbered years, executive officer elections are held; during even-numbered years, board elections are held. Thus, those are scheduled for July 2010 during the 30th IAJGS International Conference of Jewish Genealogy in Los Angeles, hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles.

Now is the time for those who are interested in working on the revitalization of this organization to begin thinking seriously of getting involved. Although I am not at liberty to mention names, there is already one very exciting candidate whom we hope will be running next summer.

Tracing the Tribe wishes Michael well and stands ready to assist in any way that might help him accomplish the goals he will set.

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