The Ostrow Mazowiecka Research Family (OMRF) will once again be
gathering for lunch on the day before the International Genealogy
Conference. We’ll be meeting on August 12th at 1 p.m. at Ben’s Deli,
209 West 38th Street in New York.

Please RSVP to Judy Baston at JRBaston@aol.com if you will be able
to join us on August 12 or if you have any questions about the meeting.

Our agenda will include a very special project in which the Ostrow
Mazowiecka Research Family is involved. It’s not often that we have
the opportunity to become part of a groundbreaking project, but we
Ostrova researchers are in that position today.

Because of the amount of research that has taken place around the
Jews of Ostrova, The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy (IIJG)
in Jerusalem has selected our town for a pilot project in its efforts to
create a family tree for every Holocaust victim memorialized with a Page
of Testimony (PoT) at Yad Vashem.

In the spirit of “Am Yisrael Chai, where possible, the goal will be to bring
the family tree down to the present, identifying living individuals who are
related to these victims. By concentrating on one town and merging and
clustering these trees, it is hoped that it will be possible to virtually
recreate the Jewish population and its webs of kinship on the eve of the
Shoah (1939).

You can find out more about this exciting project, and about the OMRF, at
www.ostrow-mazowiecka.com

Over the years we have found that a gathering on the day before the busy
conference begins gives us Ostrovers as much time as we need to get
together. For those of you who are Shomer Shabbas and unable to join
us on August 12, if you will be attending the conference the following week,
please let us know and we will try to find a time when we can get together.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on August 12. Please let
me know if you have any questions. If you are unable to attend but have
Ostrow Mazowiecka-connected family in or near New York, please send
them this message.

Judy Baston

Stanley Diamond,

for the Ostrow Mazowiecka Research Family