The Countdown to DC (and the 23rd IAJGS Conference) begins... #general


Now that the Toronto conference is behind us--and the organizers did a
splendid job!!!--the 23rd annual conference planners are hard at work
getting ready for a grand event less than a year >from now. While our
website ( is still under construction, but
expanding, and registration for the conference will not be available
until February 1st, here's a taste of what to expect:

Hold July 20-25, 2003:
For the 23rd Annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in
Washington, D.C.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW) warmly invites
genealogists of all levels and interests to attend next year's 23rd Annual
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. It will be held in
Washington, D.C. --a “capital” city chock-filled with spectacular family
history resources and sightseeing attractions. The 2003 conference is sure
to be even more sophisticated than past annual seminars and build upon
their accomplishments. However, this is more than a chance to “turn the
corner” on your research efforts, reach new milestones, or learn of
advances and new databases. Conference attendees will be able to question
the experts and meet and mingle with those researching the same family
lines or ancestral towns. And, consider extending your stay in Washington
into a vacation for you and your family -- because so many attractions are
within walking distance of the Conference setting!

The Conference is being held July 20-25, 2003, at the ideally-located,
spacious, and elegant JW Marriott Hotel (,
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. The Hotel is conveniently located near major
genealogy research institutions, the Washington, D.C. Metro system, Union
Station/Amtrak, Ronald Reagan National Airport, two major theatres, and
numerous eateries ranging >from food court to gourmet tastes. The JW
Marriott has 738 guest rooms and 34 suites on 15 levels, and will offer
special, highly-attractive rates for Conference attendees. The Hotel’s
multitude of features includes an indoor swimming pool, a health club,
sports/recreation facilities, and three coffee shops and restaurants. The
Hotel is rated as Three Stars by the Mobil Travel Guide, and 4 Diamonds by
AAA. The area also is served by Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)
and Dulles Airports. The conference room rate is set at $149 for occupancy
up to four individuals.

The JGSGW already is planning the following features and events for
Conference registrants:
* A CD-ROM computer disk that contains the full Conference syllabus and a
newly-updated version of JGSGW's well-regarded resource tool, “Capital
Collections.” This resource manual describes where all Jewish-genealogy
relevant records and repositories are found in the Washington, D.C. area,
their hours, and what collections and databases these sites hold.
* A welcome address at the Opening Reception by the Archivist of the
United States, John W. Carlin.
* A special after-hours tour and reception at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial
Museum, and two tickets for admission to the Museum at any time during
the Conference week.
* Unique programs presented throughout the Conference by experts >from the
Library of Congress, National Archives, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,
U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and other major genealogy
research institutions.
* The chance to inspect and select >from the books, software, and supplies
of diverse genealogy publishers and vendors.
* Internet, database, and software access, as well as computer software
demonstrations and instruction.
* A Kosher Banquet featuring a major speaker in the field.
* Plus films, special exhibits, book and author discussions, and much more.

Remember too: the Metropolitan Washington/Maryland/Virginia area is filled
with many easily-reached cultural, social, and religious attractions. These
include the Smithsonian's many museums, the National and Warner Theatres
(both within one block of the Conference hotel), the Kennedy Center, unique
neighborhoods including Capitol Hill and Georgetown, numerous shops, and
many quality restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisines. Washington
also provides an opportunity to tour the White House, the U. S. Capitol,
and many Federal monuments and memorials. In conjunction with the Jewish
Genealogy Society of Maryland, Conference attendees will be able to visit
Baltimore-area research and cultural institutions.

Renowned research repositories in a magnificent capital city! How can you
and your family pass up attending the 23rd Annual International Conference
next July? Look for further information in genealogy journals and on our
web site in the months ahead!

Elias Savada
Sheri Meisel
Ben Okner
Conference Co-Chairs

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