The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy (IIJG) has announced that its Founding Director, Dr. Neville Lamdan, has retired from his position after seven years in the job. In his place, the IIJG Executive Committee decided to create the new positions of Academic Director and Executive Director, for which it unanimously accepted the recommendations of a Search Committee, headed by Prof. Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to appoint Prof. Michael Silber as Academic Director and Mr. Ami Elyasaf as Executive Director, effective as of January 1, 2013.
Prof. Silber is a professor of East European Jewish history at the Hebrew University, with a specialty in the Jews of Austro-Hungary and a strong belief in Jewish genealogy as a valuable prism through which to examine Jewish history.
Mr. Elyasaf comes to IIJG from the world of hi-tech and has a deep commitment to academic Jewish Genealogy. He has researched family histories and rabbinic dynasties in Galicia and Hungary, and is well-known to members of “Gesher Galicia”, where he has done pioneering work on the town of Brody.