Additions to the 2004 IAJGS Conference #rabbinic

Martha Lev-Zion <martha@...>

We have some wonderful news about additions to the Conference program:

Warren Blatt, JewishGen's Vice President and Editor-in-Chief will
represent Jewishgen at the Conference in Jerusalem. Warren's talk
is entitled "JewishGen -- Past, Present and Future" and will focus
on all aspects of Jewishgen databases. His sessions will take one
step-by-step through the process of using JewishGen's internet
databases: including both how to search the databases, and how to
add one's own data. We feel his talk is so important that we have
scheduled it for a plenary session on Tuesday, after the Break-the-
Fast dinner at 2100, as well as on Friday morning, to ensure that
Israelis will be able to be present and to learn >from it.

Yad Vashem has done it again! Miriam Aviezer, an expert on
Yugoslavian Jewry, will be present at Yad Vashem, in the reading
room of the library, on Wednesday between 10:00 and 14:00 to help
you with your research questions. Those of you with Yugoslavian
roots, take note!!

Rose Lerer Cohen, co-author of the multi-volume study on the fate of
Lithuanian Jewry, is also generously donating her time to help those
of you with Litvak roots.. You can consult with Rose in the reading
room at Yad Vashem on Tuesday, July 6, between 10:00 and noon.

Those with Hungarian roots will have the good fortune of being
helped by the expert on Hungarian Jewry, Dr. Gavriel Bar Shaked,
who will be at Yad Vashem >from Sunday through Thursday, between
10:00 and 14:00.

In addition to these and other experts and a crew of volunteers who
will be ready to help you at Yad Vashem, we will have representatives
from Yad Vashem present at the Conference venue to point you in the
right direction before you ever leave the hotel! Be sure that you
bring with you all known details of family members that you believe
were murdered in the Shoah. You will be able to fill out pages of
testimony in their memory, which Yad Vashem representatives will
have with them to give you at the conference. Don't let your
relatives remain among the nameless, a number among the millions
killed. Help rekindle their memory by filling out and handing in the
Pages of Testimony so that future generations can know and honour
them as well!

During the evening Event at Yad Vashem on Monday afternoon and
evening, one of the very poignant moments will be when each person
goes to the beautiful Valley of the Lost Communities to locate the
stone bearing the mention of the communities >from which his family
came and whose Jewish population was decimated in World War II.
There too, you will have the opportunity to honour your murdered
family members and their community by remembering them in your own
special way in the Valley of the Lost Communities.

And then, as they would have wanted, we will celebrate life in the
evening program at Yad Vashem: Am Yisrael Chai! Make sure you bring
a sweater and warm clothing. Nights are cool in Jerusalem, even in

Please be sure to see, click
on "News" and read all about the detailed program at Yad Vashem.


Martha Levinson Lev-Zion, Ph.D.
The 24th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Jerusalem, July 4-9, 2004

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