Rabbinic Genealogy SIG

The Rabbinic Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG) is a forum for those interested in rabbinic genealogy or researching rabbinic ancestry within any geographic area or time period.

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To provide an Internet discussion group forum for the exchange of information on rabbinic genealogy.
To maintain an Internet web site on JewishGen to provide a permanent home for information, research techniques, searchable databases, and resources on rabbinic genealogy.
To encourage and support the discovery of sources of rabbinic genealogical data.

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Rashi, Rabbi Shlomo Itshaki (1040-1105), France, best known medieval Jewish scholar and greatest commentator on the Torah and Talmud. More about Rashi.

Anyone with an interest in rabbinic genealogical research, whether a novice or experienced researcher, is welcome to join our group. In the online Discussion Group, you may discover that another member has uncovered a vital piece of genealogical information or a resource for which you've been searching. Or, you may wish to post a general request for information and wait for a response. In either case, your fellow members will be eager to share information, provide research hints and give you important feedback allowing you to significantly advance your research of rabbinic genealogy.

Subscribe to the online Discussion Group to post your questions. Messages previously posted to the Discussion Group may be searched using the SIGs Message Archive.

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Rabbi Joseph Karo
Rabbi Joseph Karo (1488-1575), ABD Tsefath (Safed) and author of the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law. More about Joseph Karo.

Features include an Online Journal, a Bibliography of over 300 resources for rabbinic genealogical research, Infofiles for tutorials and reference information on many aspects of rabbinic genealogy, Research Groups, Links to web sites of significance to rabbinic genealogy researchers, and more. Projects under development include FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and the All Rabbis Database. If you would like to volunteer for a Rav-SIG project or committee, please contact one of our Committee Chairpersons.

Our web site is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. Announcements of importance to rabbinic researchers will be posted to this home page and the discussion group mailing list.

We strongly urge you to go to the JewishGen Family Finder site to register the surnames and places you are researching. This will provide you with the opportunity to contact others with an interest in those same surnames and places. We also strongly urge you to contribute to or update your family data in the Family Tree of the Jewish People.

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Editors and writers: Philip Cola-Lejzerowicz and Shirley Rotbein Flaum
Web and graphics editors: Shirley Rotbein Flaum and Tom Venetianer
Contributors of articles and additional material: Rabbi Asher Bar-Zev, Ruth and Stanley Diamond, David Einsiedler, Werner L. Frank, Chaim Freedman, Dr. Giora Fuzailoff, Dr. Yehuda Klausner, Bernard Israelite Kouchel, Arthur Kurzweil, Ronald M. Landau, Dr. Perets Mett, Sarina Roffé, Dr. Neil Rosenstein, Rabbi Mordechai Schlanger, Rabbi  David Shapiro, Lawrence D. Weinberg, and Rabbi Meir Wunder.
With appreciation to: Edward Goldstein of Gesher Galicia, Micheline Gutmann of GenAmi, Debbi Korman of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Sack of Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Yocheved Klausner of the Israel Genealogical Society, and Fruma Mohrer of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

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