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Sarina Roffe Elected to International Jewish Genealogy Board

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Sarina-Roffe; International Conference on Jewish Geaneology

Sarina Roffe, a resident of Belle Harbor , was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, (IAJGS) at its recent conference in Warsaw, Poland.

Sarina Roffe has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist. Co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and a former member of the JewishGen Board of Governors, Sarina is editor of Dorot for JGSNY and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. She was instrumental in identifying, translating, and databasing thousands of brit milah and marriage records from Aleppo and has obtained databases from Sephardic communities in Mexico City, Argentina, Venezuela, and Cuba.

She is also the author of Branching Out From Sepharad, a history of Sephardic Jews from Spain to Aleppo to the Americas, as well as the cookbook Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads, and the app Sarina’s Sephardic Cuisine. Owner of her own management consulting firm, Sarina is a non-profit management specialist. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, an MA in Jewish Studies from Touro College, and an MBA in non-profit management from State University of New York.

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is an umbrella organization of more than 83 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide offering the world of Jewish ancestry where you live. The IAJGS coordinates and organizes activities such as the annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and provides a unified voice as the spokesperson on behalf of its members. The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective and respected community – enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage. Find the IAJGS at: and like us on Facebook at

The 2019 IAJGS Conference has been scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio, July 28 – Aug. 2 “We are excited to be able to bring the 2019 conference to Cleveland next year, with the city’s many attractions and vibrant Jewish community,” said Ken Bravo, IAJGS president. Details of the conference will be announced as planning takes place and will be posted on the upcoming conference website:, as well as the IAJGS website