Here is the official announcement by IGS president Michael Goldstein and JFRA president Ingrid Rockberger:
Michael Goldstein, President of the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) and Ingrid Rockberger, President of Jewish Family Research Association, Israel (JFRA) are delighted to announce the merger of their two societies.Tracing the Tribe looks forward to this new endeavor.
The joint organization now has 10 branches throughout Israel and will be pooling all its resources to further genealogical services and activities in Israel and to create a large, vibrant and forward-looking society.
A wide range of programs is now available in both Hebrew and English - with other language groups being planned.
The annual one-day seminar is being expanded and plans are already underway for the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Israel in July 2014.
The society will be pleased to welcome guests from abroad at our meetings, which are posted on our website.
We also invite speakers visiting Israel to give a lecture or presentation at one of our branches. Please contact us in advance so we can coordinate date and location.
The organization will continue to be known as the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) in English. [NOTE: The merger is reflected in the organization's Hebrew name]
Wishing everyone a Happy Pesach,