IAJGS 2010 Conference Update! #france
The IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is less then
four months away and JGSLA conference planners are working round the
clock to design a spectacular program for you. In a week's time we
will announce the full schedule, so check our website for updated
information -- or subscribe to our newsletter at:
http://www.jgsla2010.com. The conference will take place >from July
11-16 (early bird options beginning July 9) at the JW Marriott at
L.A. Live in the new entertainment and cultural district of downtown
Here are a few sneak previews:
We're honored to announce that University of Massachusetts Boston
Professor Vincent Cannato will give the Lucille Gudis Memorial Lecture
this year, discussing his new book: "American Passage: The History of
Ellis Island," the first full history of America's landmark port of
entry, >from immigration post to deportation center to mythical icon.
"American Passage" captures a time and place unparalleled in American
immigration and history, and articulates the dramatic and bittersweet
accounts of the immigrants, officials, interpreters, and social
reformers who all play an important role in Ellis Island's chronicle.
In our age of advanced computer technology and instant electronic
mail, the picture postcard is a charming vestige of the past. Created
in 1869, this innovation afforded the opportunity to send mail
inexpensively, and European and American Jews participated fully in
the "Postcard Craze". The custom of sending a New Year's message is
documented as early as the fourteenth century when the Maharil, Rabbi
Jacob of Moellin (1360?-1427), recommended that during the month of
Elul one should include wishes for a good year in all written
correspondence. This custom spread widely throughout the Ashkenazic
world. Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Shalom Sabar will
elaborate on this phenomena in his lecture: "Between Germany and
Poland -- Jewish Life and Rituals on Late 19th to Early 20th century
Illustrated Jewish Postcards." Jewish postcards offer the past and
present spectator with rare and almost immediate documentation of
important events in the life of the Jewish people: the early Zionist
congresses, the building of new settlements and towns in Eretz Israel,
the emigration >from Europe and arrival in the New World. As such,
Jewish picture postcards are a fascinating visual resource for the
study of Jewish history and the lives of our ancestors.
Sabar will also discuss, "The Sephardi Ketubbah Before and After the
Expulsion" (as a research tool for genealogy), and "Childbirth and
Magic -- Jewish Amulets and Popular Beliefs in the Pre-Modern Era" in
which he will explore Jewish mid-wifery customs.
No one can deny the influence of those Jewish pioneers who headed
west, not in search of gold, but in search of better weather for
filmmaking. The birth of the movie studios had far-reaching
repercussions years after the influx of those early silent filmmakers.
Discussing that topic will be author, Vincent Brook on: "Ost Meets
West: Immigrant Jewish Moguls, Emigre Jewish Directors, and the Rise
of Film Noir." The Hollywood film industry was founded largely by a
group of immigrant Ostjuden (Eastern European Jews), who ended up
heading most of the major American film studios. Another influx of
Westj=FCdische (German/Austrian Jewish) film directors were driven to
the U.S. by the Nazis in the 1930s, and a number of these men would
play a determining role in the rise of a dark crime genre later called
film noir. Brook will examine the ethnic origins of these filmmakers
and the part their different backgrounds played in their considerable
contributions to American cinema.
For another angle on Hollywood -- and on the fast (Jewish) crowd in
Roaring Twenties' Chicago -- popular genealogical speaker Robin
Seidenberg will entertain us with: "My Uncle, the Hollywood Producer:
A Spicy Tale," and "The Kissing Blonde," demonstrating research
techniques to unearth family scandals using historical newspapers and
good old fashioned detective work.
from the Jewish Genealogical Learning Center in Warsaw, Polishexperts Yale Reisner and Anna Przybyszewska-Droz will be covering the
following topics: "How to Do Genealogy Research in Poland -- And How
Not to: Potential and Pitfalls," "Grandma's Name Was Rosenberg: Am I
Jewish? Uniquely Jewish Surnames -- What They Prove, and What They
Don't," "The Lost Tribes of Poland: Apostasy, Intermarriage and Jewish
Genealogy in Poland" and "A Different Memory: Poles, Jews & What We
Think We Know About Them."
Need to think out-of-the-box when it comes to making research breakthroughs?
Maureen Taylor, the "Photo Detective" will analyze photographic
questions posed on JewishGen's Viewmate over the years, and will be
available for private consultations, while Ava (a.k.a. "Sherlock")
Cohn, whose ancestors hail >from Belarus, Romania, Ukraine and the
Austrian Empire, will show us how to mine clues purposely left for us
by our immigrant ancestors in their photographic portraits. TV news
producer and reporter, Leron Kornreich, will show you how to use
multi-media and reporting skills to document your family history with
: "Razzle Dazzle 'em: Using Technology to Present Your Family History
Research with Pizzazz," "Breaking News: A Reporter's Guide to
Genealogical Research," and "Using Video to Capture Roots & Shtetl
With the success of the U.S. version of the TV show "Who Do You Think
You Are," more people are turning to Ancestry.com to learn more about
their family history, and their expert teachers will be offering a
full slate of classes on how to make the get the most our of those
resources. They'll also provide a free scanning service (by
appointment at the conference) for anyone who wants to bring their
photos and documents to be preserved digitally.
Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias will put on a "JewishGen LIVE at
L.A. LIVE" extravaganza to fill you in their latest databases and
searching capabilities, and our favorite one-stepper, Steve Morse,
will be giving a series of lectures on his popular website offerings,
with a special detour to present "DNA and the Animal Kingdom:
Evolution and Genealogy in the Natural World" with his daughter, Megan.
from the gold-rush to gunovim, geo-tagging to gazetteers, we'll bespanning the globe to bring you experts, archivists, professors and
authors, who will bring genealogy to life and take you place you never
thought you could go with your research. Whether you are a
mind-mapper or Google geek, PC-pusher or Mac-Maven, Litvak,
Galitzianer or "somewhere in Russia" seeker, there's a place for you
at our conference! If you never attended a one before, make this the
year you take the plunge (into our genealogist-infested waters) and
Coming soon will be more information on hands-on classes, SIGs and
BOFs, films, breakfasts, and tours. Stay tuned!
(or check us out at: http://www.JGSLA2010.com)
See you in July!
Program Chair, Co-Chair
IAJGS 2010 Conference Los Angeles