Phyllis Kramer

Phyllis Kramer, V.P. of Education, JewishGen Inc.

 Background and Experience:  Phyllis is a genealogist with primary interest in Eastern European Jewish research. She lives in  New York City and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Phyllis has a B.S. from Cornell and an MBA from Fordham University. Her work experience was technical and managerial, primarily for IBM;  her final position was Business Consultant, where she was  responsible for designing client image processing systems.

 In August of 2011 Phyllis received the IAJGS Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy Award for the creation of this JewishGen Genealogy Education Program

Phyllis’s genealogical accomplishments since taking early retirement include:

  • compiling a family tree of 6400 people and locating relatives all over the world;
  • creating and teaching genealogy classes at Norwalk College, Savannah JCC, Florida Atlantic University and NYC's Museum of Jewish Heritage. Classes emphasize Genealogy on the Internet.
  •  At JewishGen, Phyllis  began in 1997 as an active member of the support staff
    • created the online version of the 1891 Galician Business Directory
    • developed 12 KehilaLinks sites for her ancestral towns
    • accepted the position of V.P. of Education in June of 2005, and
    • became a member of the Advisory Board of Governors in 2009 
  • Jewish Genealogy Societies and Conferences
    • New York JGS: Phyllis was Co-chair of the Computer Committee at the 1999 IAJGS Genealogy Conference and Chair of (the first ever) Computer Laboratory at the August 2006 Conference.
    • board member of the Palm Beach JGS.

 Phyllis finds genealogy to be challenging, stimulating, fascinating and absorbing.


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