Re: Jewish Gen
I have had some long chats with Warren Blatt of JewishGen. Let me assure
you it is a work of love and they are severely underfunded. The service
they provide is terrific. They have had a miserable time with their
finances and had to cave in and become part of a charity group that they
thought would fund them. But this did not work out. So they caved in
again and were forced to accept an offer they could not refuse from
Ancestry.com. I have to say that it appears Ancestry has kept its word
and allowed the service to continue free.
I do give $$$ to JewishGen because I believe in what they do. This money
goes to them and not to Ancestry. You only have to give if you want to.
For me the $100 is well worth it for the good they do. They are a
wonderful service to the Jewish community.
I belong to the Litvak SIG, Belarus SIG and Latvia SIG. Some do more
than others. I am on the board of the Latvia SIG. I would say that
contributions here are completely voluntary. On the other hand these
groups are all works of love and they are really getting us a lot of
information. I do support them as well.
I feel that charitable contributions are really a matter of personal
--- In Ashkenazi-Q@yahoogroups.com, Robert Michelson <ramichel@...>
> This is not really free. Alright, it is free but if you want to get
> whole package, it asks for a $100.00 donation. Plus a donation forLitvak Sig
> plus a donation for JRI-Poland if you are so inclined.