Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia IAJGS 2010 Conference Update! #galicia

JGSLA2010 Info

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: 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 Los Angeles.

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

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

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 Westjudische
(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, Polish
experts 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

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 Travel."

With the success of the U.S. version of the TV show "Who Do You
Think You Are," more people are turning to 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
out 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,

from the gold-rush to gunovim, geo-tagging to gazetteers, we'll
be spanning 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 join us.

Coming soon will be more information on hands-on classes, SIGs
and BOFs, films, breakfasts, and tours. Stay tuned!

(or check us out at:

See you in July!

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, Co-Chair
IAJGS 2010 Conference Los Angeles

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