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A new Web site will create comprehensive, interactive online memorials. is a free initiative that permits a family administrator to capture the history and impact of a loved one. It can include a biography, timeline, photos, videos, family tree and funeral information. Family and friends can visit the site and contribute stories and memories, or “leave a stone.”, named for the memorial prayer, was inspired by Tikva, a Ukrainian orphanage that cares for 200 of the world’s poorest Jewish children.

“Whether orphaned or abandoned,” says Joseph Markovitz, director, “these children have few if any ties to parents or family. They have no connection to their past and consequently no legacy for their future. It is their story that inspired us to turn to the Internet to create a repository for permanent online memorials.”

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund