2016 Conference Registration in Full Swing and Filled with Exciting Opportunities #usa

Janette Silverman <cochairs@...>

If you have not already done so, early registration is now open through
April 30, on the Conference website, www.iajgs2016.org. Early
registration offers a $55 discount on the Conference. You may now
register for the Conference and reserve your hotel room upon finishing
Conference registration. Rooms at the Seattle Downtown Sheraton are
available at the Conference rate of $219 per night, plus tax, but only
through the Conference Registration page. Room reservations made
through other means will be at a substantially higher rate.

We hope to add SIG lunches, the Gala Banquet, and side tours to the
registration process in the next couple of weeks. You will have the
ability to go back in and add additional items at any time between now
and two weeks before the Conference, depending upon availability.

Registering early has a special perk -- a drawing will be held in early
May, after the closure of early registration. If you register in the
month of January, you will have 4 entries in the drawing; entering in
February will get you three entries. March registrants will receive two
entries, and those who register during the month of April will get one
entry. Prizes for the drawing will be announced shortly.

Preparations are ongoing for the Conference and we can promise you an
exciting experience. >from our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Devin Naar, through
our Banquet Speaker, "Legal Genealogist" Judy Russell, some of the best
and brightest in the genealogy and Jewish genealogy fields are expected
to present on a variety of topics. The Conference theme is "The
Wandering Jew" and main tracks include The Sephardic Experience in the
United States, European Migrations, South American, Australian and South
African Branches, Westward Ho! Jews in the Western US, and Coming Home
to Israel.

A special and separate session will be held on Sunday morning, August 7.
This is designed for Jewish Educators and Educators >from all over the
world are invited to hear presentations revolving around teaching Jewish
genealogy to the youth of the world. Registration for these sessions is
also found on the Registration page, and registration includes a kosher
breakfast and lunch. If you are registering for both this session and
the Conference, a special rate is now available.

A number of presentations will be live streamed for those who either
can't attend, or have a tough time choosing between sessions they wish
to attend. You can get a discounted rate by registering now for LIVE!
on the Conference registration page, whether or not you are able to
attend. These presentations will be archived for at least three months
after the Conference. In addition, an early advance price for DVDs of
the audio and presentation slides of many of the presentations can also
be found there.

Finally, we still have a few cabins left for the Alaska cruises before
and after the Conference. For instructions on booking a cabin for
cruises to beautiful Alaska, see the blog on our website. Unfortunately,
due to Dept. of Homeland Security regulations, you can only book cabins
through our Travel Agent if you are a US citizen or legal resident. All
others can book directly with the cruise lines, but you will not get a
lower price, nor will they provide the help our Travel Agent is offering
to help you determine which side trips to take. Each cruise has a
number of options.

Your Co-chairs are excited about making this both an educational and fun
Conference. We are looking forward to seeing you August 7-12 in Seattle!

Janette Silverman, Chuck Weinstein, Phyllis Grossman

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