Florence Schumacher, Boston 2013 Publicity Chair
You can now sign up for the special events at the 33rd IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Boston
August 4-9th. These are events that require additional fees, such as
computer workshops, Breakfasts with the Experts, Special Interest
Group (SIG) Luncheons, the Gala Banquet, and sightseeing tours. Look
under the PROGRAM tab on the conference website (www.iajgs2013.org)
for detailed information about these events.
If you have already registered for the conference, go to the conference
website and update your registration form (mouse over the
REGISTRATION tab and click on "Update Your Registration Info"). If you
haven't registered yet for the conference, you will need to do so to be
eligible to sign-up for these activities (follow the same procedure as
above but click on "Registration Form" instead). In both cases, you will
be put into the registration form, which now has a new sections covering
the optional fee-based items. The number of participants for these
activities is limited, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your place.
Computer workshops are available for PCs and Macs. They include
"Creating One Step Search Tools" with its creator, Stephen Morse;
"Getting Started with Family Tree Maker" and "Beginners' Reunion" and
"Getting the Most Out of Reunion10" (Mac); workshops for Hungarian
and Bessarabian (Moldova) research, JewishGen, social media, and Jewish
community history, to name a few.
Breakfasts with the Experts include "Researching Your Roots" in Galicia,
Germany, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine with the
leading experts in these fields. Another breakfast features
"Understanding DNA Testing and Results" with Bennett Greenspan.
Genzyme will be offering a special breakfast session on genetic diseases.
The Gala Banquet will feature entertainment by the internationally known
Throughout the week guided tours will be offered to local sites of Jewish
interest. On Sunday there will be a bus tour to the Touro Synagogue,
celebrating its 250th anniversary and a walking tour of old Jewish
Newport in Rhode Island. On Friday there will be a bus tour to the
Yiddish Book Center in Amherst where you'll find a million Yiddish books,
permanent and traveling exhibits, and art galleries.
On Monday there will be a walking tour of Boston's Old South End, home
to an early Jewish community between the 1840s and the 1920s. Also on
Monday will be a free tour for people who attend the showing of the film
"Samuel Bak: Painter of Questions" at the conference to the nearby
Pucker Gallery to see Bak's work. On Tuesday there will be a walking tour
of Boston's North End, where Boston's Eastern European Jewish
immigrants lived over a century ago. Here, too, are icons of American
history, such as the Paul Revere house. Wednesday will feature a walking
tour of the West End, where Jewish immigrants also lived. This also was
the site of Boston's pre-Civil War Underground Railroad and the free
black community. The tour ends at the Vilna Shul, one of the few
surviving immigrant-era Jewish synagogues in the country.
These optional activities complement the nearly 250 programs as well
as the outstanding evening entertainment included in the conference
For more details on the optional activities or to register, go to