Ukraine SIG Volunteers: Wall of Honor
Many of you have contributed your time and skills to help Ukraine SIG assist your fellow researchers. We have created this Wall of Honor to acknowledge your contributions. Your time, skills, and efforts are making Ukraine SIG a useful tool for all of our researchers. Thank you.
There's a special page dedicated to our town leaders, who make the core of the Ukraine SIG and to whom we cannot thank enough. Please visit also our Key People Page.
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List of contributors and contributions
- Hadassah ASSOULINE: Hadassah Assouline Director of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People at Hebrew University in Jerusalem has acquired and provided to the Kremenets District Research Group about 15,000 pages of vital records from Ukrainian Archives that the LDS have not microfilmed.
- Benjamin LUKIN: Benjamin Lukin of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People at Hebrew University in Jerusalem has been instrumental in acquiring vital records from Ukrainian Archives that the LDS have not microfilmed.
- Israel PICKHOLTZ: Israel photographed more than 500 town-based catalog cards at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP)
Document and Photo Donation
- Faith KLEIN: Faith donated a 90 page booklet, 'Extermination of the Jews in Vinnitsa Oblast, 1914-1944.' The booklet is in Russian. She also submitted photos of Shargorod and Mogilev Podolskiy, complete with captions.
- Beatrice MARKEL: Beatrice donated revision lists for Roshev and Khabno from Ukraine Archives that contain her family names. She had a researcher in Ukraine obtain and translate the revision list records.
Microfilm Scanning Project
- Harvey KABAKER: Since 2013, Harvey Kabaker has been heading up the scanning project which is digitizing vital records from the microfilms held by the Family History Library. Along with a team of volunteers, 41,000 images have been scanned since 2013. Harvey arranges for the microfilms to be at Family History Centers convenient for the volunteers, trains volunteers on using the technology and maintains meticulous records of the films which have been scanned
- Lisa WANDERMAN: Since 2013 Lisa Wanderman has been scanning vital records microfilm for Priluki. Scanning involves a great deal of patience - only 50-60 images can be scanned in an hour and some of the films have 1,000 images or more! She has been doing her work at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.
Russian Language Websites
We are extracting, reviewing and cataloging datasets that appear on several Russian language websites. When we find datasets that are relevant to our work we will ask permission from their owners to index and post them.
- Tara LEVIN: Tara serves as Ukraine SIG's liaison to Russian language websites. She also helps translate Russian to English.
Support and Volunteer in Multiple Areas
These volunteers provide support and contributions in many areas of Ukraine SIG.
- Richard BAUM: Richie invested a great amount of time and skills on the website restructuring project. He continues to provide support and advice as modifications are designed.
Richie created several SIG-sponsored KehilaLinks websites including Boguslav, Kyiv, Ostrog, Uman, and Zhitomir and transferred content from the old SIG pages to the new KehilaLinks sites. He continues to provide support and instruction to people developing KehilaLinks sites
- Linda CANTOR: Linda served as Ukraine SIG's Communications Director from 2011 to 2013. She created our Facebook page and is a moderator for our Discussion List.
- Hilary HENKIN: During 2011, as Ukraine SIG transitioned to the new website, Hilary kept the old website updated and running. Hilary reviewed the drafts of our surveys and offered helpful advice.
- Marlis HUMPHREY: Marlis developed our Catalog of Russian Language websites and managed the volunteers who are extracting documents and entering them into the Catalog. Marlis also served as Ukraine SIG's Projects Director from 2011 to 2013. She created our Catalog of Russian Webpages and managed the volunteers working on the Catalog.
- Yoni KUPCHIK: Yoni helped translate Hebrew notations in the 1795 Ostrog Revision Lists (Censuses) and a Book with Odessa Tombstones Inscriptions. He also translated from Hebrew to English 1,662 entries from the prenumeranten list in Sefer Imri Shmuel.
Yoni was responsible for the project that acquired 10,000 pages of the Odessa vital records index, and manages the translation of them. Kudos to Yoni for running an award winning project - this project was the recipient of the 2014 IAJGS Malcolm Stern grant. He is also the project manager for acquisition of the Balta vital records indexes.
Yoni photographed 461 catalog cards for Odessa at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.
- Marilyn ROBINSON: Marilyn reviewed the drafts of our surveys and offered helpful advice so that they were both user friendly and provided information that was easily understood by project managers.
Marilyn has extracted and described more than 500 documents and links from Russian Language websites. She continues to find these important data sets
- Bena SHKLYANOY: Bena served on the Ukraine SIG Board from June 2012 to May 2013 as Translation Projects and Data Director. Bena extracted and translated Russian language entries for Jews in the Encyclopedia Names, Kharkov province.
- Susan SOBEL: Susan obtained documents acquired by CAHJP from the archives in Ukraine. About 200 documents for Kremenets district towns have been identified and about 90 acquired.
Susan also is developed a PowerPoint tutorial to teach volunteers how to do town-based extractions of passenger manifests and re-index them to include the fields that the Ellis Island Foundation did not index (person and address at destination and person left behind in the ancestral town). Susan also has been providing assistance to volunteers working on these town-based projects.
- Joseph BEKINSCHTEIN: Joseph input survey results from the printed forms that were distributed at the 2011 IAJGS Conference.
- Carol CLINGAN: Carol reviewed the drafts of our surveys and offered helpful advice.
- Phyllis COHEN: Phyllis reviewed the drafts of our surveys and offered helpful advice.
- Bobby FURST: Bobby worked on our Town Name Standardization Project as part of the website restructuring effort.
- Avraham GROLL: Avraham Groll, JewishGen's Director of Business Operations, suggested that we use a Google online survey template for our surveys. He guided us through the process of creating our first Survey.
- Sharon KLEIN: Sharon input survey results from the printed forms that were distributed at the 2011 IAJGS Conference.
- Sheryl LEVIN: Sheryl input survey results from the printed forms that were distributed at the 2011 IAJGS Conference.
- Bob RICHER: Bob input survey results from the printed forms that were distributed at the 2011 IAJGS Conference.
- Gary STONE: Gary worked on our Town Name Standardization Project as part of the website restructuring effort.
- Jeff WEXLER: Jeff worked on our Town Name Standardization Project as part of the website restructuring effort.
- Andrew Steve BUSHKIN: Steve extracted and translated Russian language entries for Jews in the Encyclopedia of Names, Kharkov province.
- Beth CHAPLIN: Beth transliterated the Necrology from a 90 page booklet, "Extermination of the Jews in Vinnitsa Oblast, 1914-1944. The booklet is in Russian.
- Allan DOLGOW: Allan obtained a copy of the 1795 Ostrog Revision Lists.
- Ola HESKA: Ola translated the 1795 revision lists (censuses) for Ostrog for Mel Werbach. She is a professional translator.
- Jack HORBAL: Jack translated CAHJP documents and CAHJP Catalog Cards from Polish to English.
- Michelle KANTER: Michelle Kanter worked with Wayne Frankel to translate a 1919 Pogrom List for Trostyanets. The list is in Hebrew and Yiddish and has 299 names on 22 pages. She also has translated CAHJP Catalog Cards from Yiddish to English.
- Alex KOPELBERG: Alex has been devoting his time to translating Priluki vital records from Russian and Hebrew to English.
- Moshe KUTTEN: Moshe has been devoting his time to translating Nikolayev and Nezhin vital records from Hebrew to English.
- Julia LOMBARDO: Julia extracted and translated Russian language entries for Jews in the Encyclopedia Names, Kharkov province.
- Natalie POLTAVSKA: Natalie extracted and translated Russian language entries for Jews in the Encyclopedia Names, Kharkov province.
- Marsha RAPP: Marsha helped translate Hebrew notations in the 1795 Ostrog Revision Lists (Censuses).
- Jane ROLLINS: Jane translated (from Russian to English) a Chabad Burial List from one of the Zhitomir Cemeteries.
- Stanislav SPEKTOR: Stanislav is translating (Russian and Hebrew to English) a large number of vital records from Kyiv district towns.
- Sylvia WALOWITZ: Sylvia has been managing translation projects for the documents from Kherson. She was responsible for finding and acquiring and managing the translation of 450 pages of documents from the Latvian State Archives on which about 5,800 people were noted as applying to relocate from Courland to the Kherson agricultural settlements.
- Mel WERBACH: Mel organized a translation project (Polish and Russian to English) and raised funds to pay a professional translator.
Ukraine SIG Board
- Hal BOOKBINDER: Hal has served as Ukraine SIG's Special Projects Director since 2011. He is lending his geographic expertise to our towns projects.
- Lara DIAMOND: Lara serves as Projects Director since 2013.
- Ron DOCTOR: Ron has served as Ukraine SIG Coordinator from 2011 to 2013.
He is currently coordinator emeritus.
- Emily GARBER: Emily serves as Media and Communications Director since 2013.
- Phyllis GOLD BERENSON: Phyllis has served as Discussion List Director since August 2013. She has also taken on the monumental task of creating and maintaining a Mogilev-Podolsky group, acquiring records from there and over-seeing translation projects for the documents which were acquired from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem, and from Ukrainian archives.
- Victor MILLER: Victor served as Ukraine SIG Director for Outreach in Ukraine from 2011 to 2012.
- Ariel PARKANSKY: Ariel has served as Ukraine SIG's Information Systems Director since 2011. He designed and restructured our new website as well as creating several tools for treating datasets.
He gave his incredible skills, insight, and time commitment to the 4 month-long process of restructuring our website (2011-2012). He displayed enormous patience... and flexibility... in developing it as well as to providing continuous guidance and advice on its use. The entire website structure was Ariel's concept.
Ariel helped review and catalog documents on the Russian language websites.
- Janette SILVERMAN: Janette served as Projects director from January to May 2013 and has been the Ukraine SIG coordinator since May 2013.
She was responsible for getting the gravestones in the Zhytomyr cemetery photographed in 2010.
- Joel SPECTOR: Joel serves as Volunteers Director since 2013.
- Chuck WEINSTEIN: Chuck has served as Ukraine SIG's Towns and Districts Director since 2011. He has built up our cadre of Town Leaders and new KehilaLinks Owners. He also moderates our Discussion List.
Chuck reviewed the drafts of our surveys and offered helpful advice.
Ukraine SIG Discussion List
The Ukraine SIG Mailing List is a moderated list. Our list moderators are volunteers. They check messages for proper formatting, ensure that the List operates smoothly, and occasionally respond to messages.
- Freya (Blitstein) MASLOV: Freya is one of our Discussion List Moderators.
Ukraine SIG Web Team
- Sandra CRYSTALL: Sandy has been working with Ariel to ensure that towns are assigned to the proper 1900 districts.
- Martin DAVIS: Martin filled in on critical website restructuring tasks during the development of the Ukraine SIG website.
- Ron FISH: Ron filled in on critical website restructuring tasks.
- Barry HALPERN: Barry filled in on critical website restructuring tasks.
- Pamela LUCAS: Pamela invested a great amount of time and skills on the website restructuring project. She developed the clickable maps that the website features. Pamela's map design set a new standard for flexibility and ease for our researchers.
- Gary SANDLER: Gary invested a great amount of time and skills on the website restructuring project.
- Jerome YUROW: Jerry invested a great amount of time and skills on the website restructuring project.
Yizkor Book Indexing
- Bruce DRAKE: Bruce was one of the first to use Ellen Garshick's YB Indexing Tutorial. He was able to produce an index of the partial translation of the Kovel Yizkor Books and other Kovel material within a couple of weeks.
- Ellen GARSHICK: Ellen developed an excellent PowerPoint tutorial to teach volunteers how to create a name and town index for Yizkor Book translations. She also has devoted considerable time to helping volunteers who wish to index their Yizkor Book translations. The tutorial is equally applicable to other indexing projects, like indexing all the personal names and town names that appear on KehilaLinks pages.
Janette Silverman, Ukraine SIG Coordinator
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