The Boulder Jewish News story, by Ellen Schindelman Kowitt (president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado), details the honoring of Boulder resident Howard Steinmetz with the first-ever "Spirit of JGSCO" at the group's annual meeting on June 13.
He received a heart-shaped glass award for representing the best characteristics of a Jewish genealogist and of an organization run 100% by volunteers. According to the awards committee chair Terry Lasky:
“Howard Steinmetz was recognized for his spirit as it positively influences others. His contributions, in this way, are something special that can’t be quantified – but are truly felt.”JGSCO founding members (all Denver residents) received “Pillar of the Society"awards: Sandra Greenberg, Miriam Ohr, Myndel Cohen, Anne Fendrich and RitaJo Tensly.
Committed to and passionate about doing his own family history, Howard’s spirit is infectious. He is always willing to listen, offer advice to beginners or to participate in sharing resources with more advanced researchers. Howard’s attitude hasn’t ceased, even during very trying times.
This spirit has been so strong that it has gone well beyond his personal genealogical quests and made a special and positive effect on other JGSCO members.
An active member of the local JGSCO since 2005, Howard’s pursuit to continue learning about his family history has been a constant and steady endeavor.
In addition to Boulder and Denver genealogy lectures and workshops, he has attended annual Jewish genealogy conferences in diverse cities. Howard is also a leader of the Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group along with landsman he has met online through JewishGen.
Congratulations to all the honorees!