January 1, 2002 will mark the end of an era for JewishGen

With heartfelt gratitude for his many years of friendship and support, it is with regret and sadness that JewishGen announces the resignation of one of our long standing Board members. Bernie Kouchel will be retiring from the Board of Directors of JewishGen effective January 1, 2002.

For those of us who have had the pleasure to work with him, have had his friendship and loyal support, have seen his spirit and energy throughout the formative years of JewishGen, we will miss him dearly.

We hope you will join in honoring Bernie for all his achievements on JewishGen's Wall of Honor for December, for his 11 years of loyal and dedicated service to JewishGen, for his insights, his vision, his leadership, his spirit and his creativity that has been a hallmark for JewishGen today and will remain for future generations.

We wish him well in his retirement, we wish him health, peace and happiness.

On this day, December 1, 2001, JewishGen has issued a formal Proclamation to impart and share in his wonderful sense of humor. But more importantly, we want to forever honor Bernie for his long term commitment and his many contributions to this organization.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of JewishGen, Inc.

we remain sincerely,

Susan E. King
Mila Begun
Warren Blatt
Joseph Miller
Gary Mokotoff
Carol W. Skydell