About Us

Our Board


Franklin J. Swartz  is the founder of the East European Jewish Heritage Project and the International Director of Voluntas.  He has been involved in humanitarian aid and heritage projects for the Jewish communities of Belarus and the Baltics for 16 years.  During that time he has participated in the restoration of Jewish cemeteries, the erection of Holocaust memorials and conducted research about pre-war Jewish life and the Holocaust.  He has worked with film and television projects for the BBC, CBS and Canadian and Australian film and television productions.  Additionally he has led heritage tours through Belarus and the Baltics. He has been a credited research consultant for many American and European academics.

Advisory Board

Gary Mokotoff is a noted author, lecturer and leader of Jewish genealogy. He has been recognized by three major genealogical groups for his achievements. He is the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS); recipient of the Grahame T. Smallwood Award of the Association of Professional Genealogists; and the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

He is the author of a number of books including the award-winning Where Once We Walked, a gazetteer that provides information about 23,500 towns in Central and Eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust, How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust, and Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.

He is the publisher of Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy.

Rabbi Barry Marcus– Rabbi to Central Synagogue, London.  Rabbi Barry Marcus is a descendant of a long line of distinguished Rabbis, born in South Africa. He served as Rabbi of one of the largest communities in Johannesburg and also in Israel before becoming the Rabbi of the Central Synagogue in Great Portland Street. Rabbi Barry Marcus is a well-known for his rabbinical and pastoral duties in the UK, Israel and South Africa.

A dynamic speaker, his sermons and talks have carried the mission of the Torah, the message of our heritage, and the centrality of Israel to our People to audiences and the public at large. He has earned a reputation of steadfast and unflinching support of Israel, especially during times of crisis.

Rabbi Marcus is active in promoting Holocaust remembrance and education. In 1998, he pioneered the concept of a one-day educational trip to Auschwitz in which over 8,000 have participated to date.

Simonas Davidavicius is a leader of the Kaunas Jewish Community and  the Director of the Sugihara House Museum.  He is an outstanding historian of Lithuanian Jewish life and culture as well as a respected organiser of Jewish heritage tours of the Baltic countries.  He has an in-depth knowledge of Lithuania’s Jewish cemeteries.

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