The Institute Am HaZikaron (עם הזיכרון – “people of memory” in Hebrew) is a noncommercial research center studying the history and the heritage of the Jewish clans and families.

The Institute was founded in 1998 in Tel-Aviv, Israel. One of the main tasks of the Institute is the restoration of the history of certain Jewish families in the context of the history of the whole Jewish people.

Am HaZikaron is researching the origin of Jewish clans, searching the roots of modern Jews, is carrying out the research activity on the mentioned topics, develops and implements youth, educational and social projects in Israel, USA and the countries of the former USSR.

And He took Abraham outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars –
if indeed you can count them.”
Then he said to him,
“So shall your offspring be.”
Genesis 15:5

OUR WORK

STATISTICS

17974

Family trees from 72 countries

15128

Members of “Generations” project

253

Researches of history of Jewish clans

IN PRESS

AWARDS

In 2006 the Institute completed the accumulation of the data on many centuries long history of 63 different Jewish clans consisting of data on thousands of people. The data allowed to demonstrate the preservation of certain properties within the clans, providing a principally new approach to the question of the longevity and the survival of the Jewish People. The results were published in an article “The Jewish People as a phenomenon of historical longevity: on the theory of meta-clans and the principles of survival”.

The discovery was awarded by the Zeiti Yerushalaim Prize for the contribution into the Jewish thought.

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ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

The Endorsement Committee includes prominent social and political figures. The Institute received supporting letters from two former Israeli presidents – Mr. Moshe Katsav and Mr. Shimon Peres. Our method of family history research was supported by 55 Nobel Prize laureates listed below, who endorsed our work .

Oliver-Wiliamson I am pleased to endorse your project to create a unified genealogy of the Jewish People.

Prof. Oliver Williamson, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 2009

Frank Anthony Wilczek_1 I'm happy to support this intriguing project, and look forward to its product.

Prof. Frank Anthony Wilczek, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 2004

ElieWiesel-By-David-Shankbone Our past is in the present – that’s why your project seems important to many of us.

Prof. Elie Wiesel, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Peace, 1986

watson-james I wholeheartedly support your project to restore the history of the Jewish peoples through investigation at the genetic level.

James Dewey Watson, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1962

Sir-John-Ernest-Walker_1 It is clearly extremely important to carry out this work, and I am happy to endorse the project.

Sir John Ernest Walker, UK, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1997

Prof.-Charles-Townes I am glad to be a member of the Endorsement Committee Of "Am haZikaron" project.

Prof. Charles Townes, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1964

Prof.-Akira-Suzuki I am pleased to endorse the project "People of the Memory".

Prof. Akira Suzuki, Japan, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2010

Vernon Smith This is a most important and exciting project. It is my pleasure to join the endorsement committee.

Prof. Vernon Smith, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 2002

william-f-sharpe_1 I am happy to join the group endorsing this fascinating and ambitious project.

Prof. William F. Sharpe, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 1990

Phillip-Sharp I endorse the development of a genealogy of the Jewish people. The "Am haZikaron" project would have social and scientific value.

Prof. Phillip Sharp, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1993

Richard-R.-Schrock I think this is an important project and and pleased to add my support for it. I wish you luck in your endeavors.

Prof. Richard R. Schrock, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2005

Andrzej-Viktor-Schally The project on the history of Jewish people at the level of family is of great interest and importance for the preservation of Jewish Heritage. I am pleased to endorse this endeavor.

Prof. Andrew Schally, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1977

robert-c-richardson I fully endorse the idea. It is a terrific project.

Prof. Robert C. Richardson, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1996

Prusiner Having struggled to piece together my own family history in Eastern Europe, I am delighted to endorse "Am haZikaron" and hope that it will serve Jewish communities for generations.

Prof. Stanley B. Prusiner, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1997

Edmund-Phelps I am is glad to be asked and endorse the "Am haZikaron" project.

Prof. Edmund Phelps, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 2006

Martin-Perl I endorse the project. The early history of my own family was lost in the difficulties of emigration from Russian-Poland before the Great War. But it is important to me to see the history of other Jewish families. It is wonderful to build a coherent family history of our people.

Prof. Martin Perl, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1995

Prof.-Douglas-D.-Osheroff The Jewish Genealogy Project provides interesting and valuable glimpse at the near-term history of the Jewish people and their accomplishments.

Prof. Douglas D. Osheroff, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1996

Erwin_neher Knowing the roots means knowing where we come from.

Prof. Erwin Neher, Germany, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1991

Rudolph_Marcus I am very pleased to enthusiastically endorse this project of the Institute "Am haZikaron" on Science and Heritage of the Jewish People. I think it is an excellent idea not only for the historical and sociological information it provides, but also for the insight it may give into the many accomplishments of the Jewish people, adversity notwithstanding, or in some cases perhaps because of it.

Prof. Rudolph Arthur Marcus, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1992

Sir-Peter-Mansfield_1 I am happy and honoured to have my name included on the Endorsement Committee for this most worthy cause.

Sir Peter Mansfield, UK, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2003

Prof.-Robert-Lucas This will be an invaluable data-set. I am happy to endorse this project.

Prof. Robert Lucas, Jr., USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 1995

Finn-Erling-Kydland_1 I endorse the Am haZikaron's project for the scientific promise of the resulting data set.

Prof. Finn Erling Kydland, Norway, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 2004

Harold_Kroto This is clearly an important initiative which, although in its infancy, is already revealing intriguing results.

Sir Harold Walter Kroto, UK, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1996

Masatoshi-Koshiba I am happy to endorse the project “People of the Memory”.

Prof. Masatoshi Koshiba, Japan, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 2002

Prof.-Roger-Kornberg I am pleased to join the Endorsement Committee. I believe the project is important and hope it helps preserve what we all value about Jewish culture and the history of the Jewish people.

Prof. Roger Kornberg, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2006

Lawrence-Klein I endorse your work on historical linkages among Jewish people.

Prof. Lawrence Klein, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 1980

Eric_Richard_Kandel Never forget.

Prof. Eric Kandel, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2000

Elfriede_jelinek I am happy to support this project because only the exploration of history - which invariably is the history of individual human beings - can put together again what has been destroyed and thus give back the dead a kind of life.

Writer Elfriede Jelinek, Austria, Nobel Prize laureate in Literature, 2004

Antony-Hewish I am delighted to endorse this important historical project which is especially relevant at the present time.

Prof. Antony Hewish, UK, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1974

Alan-Heeger I endorse this interesting project.

Prof. Alan Heeger, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2000

David_Gross A very interesting project – I am delighted to endorse it.

Prof. David Gross, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 2004

Paul_Greengard I endorse the implementation of this project developed by the non-profit Institute "Am haZikaron".

Prof. Paul Greengard, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2000

Roy_Glauber This Project helps establish a sense of continuity which we all lack. It's important to develop some idea of who we are.

Prof. Roy J. Glauber, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 2005

Prof.-Sheldon-Lee-Glashow Perhaps we may learn more of who we are and what we were.

Prof. Sheldon Lee Glashow, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1979

Ivar-Giaever_1 I join the Endorsement Committee for the "Am haZikaron" project.

Prof. Ivar Giaever, Norway, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1973

Prof_Ertl-Portrait I endorse your project which will be of interest also for future generations.

Prof. Gerhard Ertl, Germany, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2007

Johann Deisenhofer This fascinating project will help all of us to better understand ourselves.

Prof. Johann Deisenhofer, Germany and USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1988

Paul_Jozef_Crutzen I happily join the endorsement committee - a very interesting project.

Prof. Paul J. Crutzen, Netherlands, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1995

Prof.-Gunter-Blobel I endorse the project.

Prof. Gunter Blobel, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1999

altman I endorse your idea.

Prof. Sidney Altman, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1989

May remembrance of the past help to build a better world for all

Prof. Walter Kohn, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1998

The heredity of the individual weaves into the history of the collective. From the dust of forgetfulness, the Am haZikaron project creates a meaningful narrative.

Prof. James Heckman, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, 2000

We very much appreciate the project "Am haZikaron"

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Nobel Prize laureate in Peace, 1989

I believe that the history of every people is fascinating, while the history of the Jewish People, persecuted during centuries, is fascinating in particular. This Project is extremely interesting and I support this undertaking.

Prof. Vitaly Ginzburg, Russia, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2004

The history and rich cultural heritage of the Jewish people must not be lost. The Am haZikaron Institute is dedicated to uncovering and preserving these important elements of Jewish identity, and I enthusiastically support its work.

Prof. Jerome Isaac Friedman, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, 1990

Collectively remembering history is indispensable for understanding human society. Jewish history forms an essential part of the history of mankind, giving revealing insights into numerous relevant aspects.

Prof. Richard R. Ernst, Switzerland, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1991

A nation without a past has no future.

Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, Israel, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2004

I am happy to endorse this project which would seem to me is a worthy, though arduous, endeavor. I hope that the findings will be enlightening as well as historically significant. I have always found it fascinating to try to discover just how far back in time it was that the common ancestors of the eastern Mediterranean people lived. This program may lead the way to others. Thank you for offering me to join the list of endorsers.

Prof. Elias James Corey, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1990

I find "Am haZikaron" project most interesting and wish the project luck. Moreover, I shall be pleased to join the Endorsement Committee.

Prof. Arvid Carlsson, Sweden, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2000

I am delighted to endorse the "AM haZikaron" project and would further endorse Professor P. Berg's recommendation to include genomic data where possible, as an invaluable data source for future generations.

Prof. Mario Capecchi, USA, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2007

I endorse this project as a means of tracing genetic origins alongside the historical record.

Prof. Bruce Beutler, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2011

I consider “Am haZikaron” as worthy project and fully support it. It would also be of great value  to collect genomic data along with geneological information with the long term possibility of integrating the two.

Prof. Paul Berg, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 1980

The unique and special history of the Jewish people should be recorded and preserved as a part of the history of the world. I endorse this effort and hope that scientific analysis of DNA sequences will enrich our knowledge of this history.

Prof. David Baltimore, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1975

As non-Jews of Scandinavian protestant origin, I can assure all that this work is also important to my family and to me.

Prof. Peter Agre, USA, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, 2003

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Am HaZikaron
The Institute of Science and Heritage of the Jewish People
Tel-Aviv, Israel

E-mail: info@amhazikaron.org
Phone: +972 3 609 4349
Fax: +972 3 695 1712

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