Friday, May 22, 2009

Jewish research conference 2-7 Aug 2009

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). Please address all inquiries to David Mink


The 29th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Program has been updated. Tours and the Film Festival will soon be added. Although the lecture/workshop program is still subject to change, this is a very good representation of the final program, now available for downloading and printing in an alternate and more user friendly PDF format.

In addition to the 9 Breakfasts with Experts, the 9 SIG lunches, the 15 Computer Training Workshops being offered, the Welcome Dinner and the Banquet, we have recently added 2 Special Hands-On Workshops in our list of optional fee based programs.

* Preserving Documents and Photographs Workshop with Laura Hortz Stanton, Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts and Kim Andrews,Preservation Services Officer, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. This workshop will take place on Friday, August 7, from 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM and costs $10.

* Tasting World Jewish Cuisines: Turkish, Syrian, and Ashkenazi-Italkeni Recipes with Sheilah Kaufman and Aliza Green, two accomplished cookbook authors. This workshop will take place on Friday, August 7, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and costs $20.

If you have already registered for the conference, you can easily add one or both of these exciting workshops by going to and clicking on Registration Update. You will need the Login and Password that you received when you registered. Select the "Optional Programs" to add any of the fee based options being offered.

If you have not already registered, please do so now and include those optional programs you want to attend. Registration is very simple. Just go to and click on the Registration button.

Participation in the Computer Training Workshops and the Special Hands-On Workshops is limited. So, don't wait until it is too late to get a space.

We also want to bring to your attention a new registration option recently added: individuals under the age of 21 may register for the entire conference for just $50. We hope you will encourage those you know who are under 21 to register and join us. This is a great opportunity to give your children, grandchildren or other young relatives a taste of the exciting adventures facing genealogists.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia!

About the conference:
The 29th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Philadelphia, August 2-7, 2009. Co-hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGSGP) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). The conference is expected to draw more than 800 professional and amateur genealogists from around the world (including North America, Israel, Latin America, Eastern Europe, South Africa and Europe). The conference has well over a hundred lectures, workshops and computer classes for attendees to take advantage of extensive resources to help families discover their roots. The conference presents informative programs for both the beginner and experienced genealogists.

The distinguished French priest, author, and humanitarian, Father Patrick Desbois, will be the keynote speaker at the opening session. His speech will be, "The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 million Jews," which is also the title of his book.For more information on the conference and to register, go to:

About IAJGS:
The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is an independent non-profit umbrella organization of more than 75 national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world, formed in the late 1980's to provide a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advance our genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the annual Jewish Genealogy Conference. For more information go to:

For more information please contact:David

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