A Genealogy Website to Publish 5.8 Million Records from Jewish Communities

MyHeritage, a website providing genealogical records, will be teaming up with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and JewishGen (a Jewish genealogy site) to expand vastly its already unrivaled collection of Jewish family trees. The Jerusalem Post reports:

JewishGen’s records will now benefit from MyHeritage’s technology, which matches users and their families to potentially relevant records. Moreover, while JewishGen’s records have previously only been available in English, MyHeritage’s Global Name Translation Technology will help Jewish users who speak other languages to find the relevant record.

“The agreement between JewishGen and MyHeritage furthers our goal of expanding the availability of JewishGen’s valuable collection of historical records to genealogy researchers around the world,” says president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Jack Kliger. “We are pleased that this agreement will also contribute to the expanding interest in Jewish genealogy.”

Read more at Jerusalem Post

More about: Jewish archives, Jewish history


Iran’s Options for Revenge on Israel

On April 1, an Israeli airstrike on Damascus killed three Iranian generals, one of whom was the seniormost Iranian commander in the region. The IDF has been targeting Iranian personnel and weaponry in Syria for over a decade, but the killing of such a high-ranking figure raises the stakes significantly. In the past several days, Israelis have received a number of warnings both from the press and from the home-front command to ready themselves for retaliatory attacks. Jonathan Spyer considers what shape that attack might take:

Tehran has essentially four broad options. It could hit an Israeli or Jewish facility overseas using either Iranian state forces (option one), or proxies (option two). . . . Then there’s the third option: Tehran could also direct its proxies to strike Israel directly. . . . Finally, Iran could strike Israeli soil directly (option four). It is the riskiest option for Tehran, and would be likely to precipitate open war between the regime and Israel.

Tehran will consider all four options carefully. It has failed to retaliate in kind for a number of high-profile assassinations of its operatives in recent years. . . . A failure to respond, or staging too small a response, risks conveying a message of weakness. Iran usually favors using proxies over staging direct attacks. In an unkind formulation common in Israel, Tehran is prepared to “fight to the last Arab.”

Read more at Spectator

More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Syria