Dear JewishGen Community,

Welcome to 2020!!

With the new year, we are kicking off an exciting new time for the Yizkor Book Projects. Please read below to see all of our updates from 2019 and our plans for 2020! 

Summary of Recent Progress

  • At, among our biggest priorities is the translation of Yizkor Books, which were written to perpetuate the legacy of Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust.
  • Since 1999, JewishGen has translated +70,000 pages.
  • Between June 2019 and December 2019, we translated 3,219 pages – all of which are freely available online via the JewishGen site.
  • The Yizkor Book Translation Team is comprised of more than 50 Project Coordinators, 20 Translators and +10 other volunteers working on different areas including the website, Necrologies, Master Name Indexing and Publishing and more.
  • Since May 2019, we have completed the translation of 7 new Yizkor Books! 

Completed Books since May 2019

Yizkor Books Available Online or in Hard Copy
JewishGen is pleased to announce the release of 5 fully translated Yizkor Books now available in hard copy. Copies of these new books can now be purchased by the descendants of those destroyed communities, as well as by museums, universities, synagogue libraries, and other interested persons. To view a list of all books available in hard copy, please click here. The list of most recent books, includes:

  • Miechov Memorial Book (Available online soon) – Available since: 12/30/2019
  • Memorial Book of Kobylnik – Available since: 12/29/2019
  • Memorial Book of the Jewish Community of Turobin, Poland – Available since: 12/8/2019
  • Memorial Book of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob, Poland – Available since: 6/2/2019
  • Memorial Book for the Jewish Community of Yurburg, Lithuania – Available since: 5/31/2019

New Projects
The Yizkor Book team has begun many new projects over the past few months and will be working hard during the next few years to complete them. To help these projects, please consider becoming a supporter by donating today! The list of recently initiated projects, includes:

We greatly appreciate our Translators and Project Coordinators! They put in many tireless hours ensuring that the translations are prepared correctly and made available for the benefit of the English speaking world. I would like to personally thank you for the incredible dedication and commitment our members have given to the project and hope that they will continue to work closely with us in the future! Thank You!

Get Involved!
We are working on many upcoming projects and can use the help of people with a variety of skills, including data entry, coding, translations, project management, and more. A list of upcoming projects includes:

  • Priority Book List to translate
  • New Workflow
  • Web Redesign

To apply as a volunteer/translator, please click here. To apply as a project coordinator, please click here to read our “Getting Started Guide”
Support a Yizkor Book Translation Project
A list of all active projects can be accessed here.

It has been an amazing few months since joining JewishGen and the Yizkor Books Team and I hope to continue working with all of you and doing the incredible work we do for years to come. If there are any mistakes in this newsletter, please feel free to reach out so I can correct the information appropriately as soon as possible.

All the best,

Binny Lewis
Director of Special Projects – Yizkor Books