IIJG – Fact Sheet
- The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy (IIJG) was founded in 2004 by an international group of prominent Jewish genealogists.
- It opened its doors at the National Library of Israel in January 2006.
- Its distinguished Honorary Advisory Board reflects the support it enjoys throughout the Jewish world, far beyond the Jewish genealogical community.
- The Institute’s primary goals are two-fold:
- To advance the status of Jewish Genealogy within the field of Jewish Studies, principally through teaching and research;
- To contribute to the Jewish Peoplehood, in the belief that a people’s future is only assured if it is firmly anchored in its roots.
- Over the past thirteen years, the Institute has made tangible progress in pursuing its goals, at both the scholarly and broader Jewish levels. Inter alia,
- It has elaborated academic guidelines for BA and MA courses in Jewish Genealogy.
- It has conducted over 20 ground-breaking research projects, with a view to broadening the horizons and scope of Jewish Genealogy. As a matter of policy, it has consciously expanded its research from the individual and the family unit, through the community and a complete segment of society, to a national Jewry as a whole and beyond, to elements of the Jewish Diaspora.
- It has demonstrated the possibility of constructing a family tree of a complete national Jewry.
- It has published a vast compendium of genealogical knowledge in the form of a 4-volume set, entitled “The Jacobi Papers: Genealogical Studies of Leading Ashkenazi Families”.
- It has developed advanced computerised technologies, such as a system for the phonetic recognition of Jewish names and for the merging of genealogical databases.
- It has produced research tools for Jewish family historians, including Digital Maps of Jewish Populations in Europe (1750-1950).
- It has launched outreach projects in an effort to connect with more diverse audiences – for example, through. a Genealogical Service at the Israel National Library, providing expert assistance to Jewish family historians, locally and abroad.
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Click here for the Institute’s Executive and other Committees.