Janette Silverman <cochairs@...>
Plans are moving ahead as we prepare for the 36th Annual IAJGS
Conference on Jewish Genealogy, August 7-12, 2016, at the Sheraton
Downtown in Seattle.
One option we are exploring is a seven day Alaska cruise either before
or after the conference. This would not be a conference event, per se,
but it would be a great opportunity for a different type of adventure
for those who are coming to the Great Northwest next August. These
cruises leave >from the Seattle Cruise Terminal, a short cab ride from
the hotel, and go up the Inside Passage along the southeastern coast of
Alaska. Typically, they offer spectacular views of glaciers that meet
the ocean, views of the forests and wildlife of southeastern Alaska, and
all the amenities of a family oriented cruise. Prices start around $900
per person, double occupancy for an inside cabin, including cabin and
meals, and a variety of accommodations are available on board these
fully equipped cruise ships.
Stops would include possibly Ketchikan, Juneau, Glacier Bay National
Park, Skagway, and either Vancouver or Victoria on the return trip. If
we get a sufficient number of people booking together, the price will be
We expect there will be options for those who keep kosher, either
pre-packaged kosher meals or vegetarian meals.
One cruise option we are looking at would depart Seattle either July 28
or 29th, (Thursday or Friday), returning to Seattle on August 4 or 5
(Thursday or Friday). The other option would be a cruise departing
either August 15 or 16 (Monday or Tuesday), returning August 22 or 23.
We would like some input >from those who are interested in taking one of
these cruises. Please let us know if you would be interested in a
cruise, your preference either before or after the conference, and how
many would be in your party. We also need to have an idea how many of
you would require a kosher option. These are family oriented cruises,
and we are informed that there are a lot of things to do on the boat for
all ages of children, as well as the rest of us older folks. If there
is sufficient interest expressed before October 5, we will proceed with
our plans and let you know when we have finalized arrangements. If not,
it was a great idea. The Alaskan cruises are extremely popular and
would be a great way to see a beautiful part of the country that
relatively few people get to see.
If you are interested, please respond to Chuck Weinstein directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know what you think. Again, this will
not be an organized conference event, but it will be a great opportunity
to turn your conference experience into a wonderful vacation to remember
and cherish for years to come.
Co-Chairs 36th Annual IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy August 7-12,
2016, Seattle, WA
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Janette Silverman, Lead co-chair
36th Annual IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy
August 7-12, 2016