The following was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:
The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) has a special fund called the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Grant Fund and every genealogist should be nominating a non-profit organization for this very special grant. The funds received by your favorite organization can be used to pursue projects, activities and acquisitions that provide new or enhanced resources to benefit Jewish genealogists all over the world.
Imagine what your favorite archives or library could do with a grant of $2000 if they receive the grant. Grants are awarded to institutions not individuals. Since 1991 over $30,000 has been given to projects such as digitizing and indexing 400,000 naturalization records from Montreal, indexing 25,000 tuberculosis patient files from 1904 to 1920 in Denver, computerization of Russian Holocaust victims lists, assistance in digitizing Pages of Testimony at Yad Vashem, and many more projects (see the full list at www.iajgs.org/awards_files/stern.html). The list of institutions who have received the grant read like the Who’s Who of Jewish Genealogical Sources.
The Malcolm Stern Grant honors Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern and his efforts to increase the availability of resources for Jewish genealogical research. The intention of the Grant is to encourage institutions to pursue projects, activities and acquisitions that provide new or enhanced resources to benefit Jewish genealogists.
The 2008 Stern Grant committee is now accepting nominations. The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 1, 2008. Go to www.iajgs.org for information about nominating and other details of this important grant. Announcement of recipients will be made at the annual IAJGS conference in Chicago in August 2008. Nominations must be sent to the committee chair: Eileen Polakoff at firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations will be confirmed to make sure none get “lost in the mail.”