Ethics and Jewish Genealogy

The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy’s panel of experts examining ethical questions in Jewish genealogy has begun its work. It now invites Jewish family historians and the members of the public to submit ethical dilemmas or problems they have encountered in the course of their genealogical work. Please send a brief (brief!) description of the issue to Arnon Hershkovitz for the panel’s consideration.

The panel is made up of Baroness Ruth Deech (Oxford University, Oxford, UK; Chair); Adv. Rony Golan (Ramat Ha-Sharon, Israel); Arnon Hershkovitz, Ph.D., (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA; Coordinator); Judge Katherine Mader (Los Angeles, CA); Eleanor Platt, QC (London, UK); and Prof. Richard Sobel (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA).

Its terms of reference are to examine ethical questions in Jewish genealogy, with a view to recommending ethical guidelines for Jewish genealogists and family historians to bear in mind, as they proceed with their research work and eventually contemplate publishing the results.

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