Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Conference Highlights #2 - New Exhibitor Booth & Booth Talks #galicia

Groll, Avraham

Dear JewishGen Family,

JewishGen had a very successful and productive experience at the 37th
annual IAJGS Conference (which was held July 23-28 in Orlando, FL),
offering an outstanding variety of sessions, workshops, and luncheons
throughout its duration. During these weeks following the conference,
we are posting highlights of our activity, including a review of some
of the major announcements which were first unveiled at the conference.
The previous issue can be accessed here:

Today's focus is on JewishGen's new Exhibitor Booth. We designed this
booth with the intention of offering a more professional experience, and
plan to use it as we expand our marketing efforts and promote
JewishGen to a much wider audience. As part of this strategy, we also
debuted our "Booth Talks" program, whereby JewishGen experts offered
booth visitors a short, five minute presentation on a particular topic. This
enabled conference participants an opportunity to connect with experts,
while giving JewishGen staff the opportunity to engage, and forge new
connections. Throughout the conference, hundreds of people stopped by
the booth, >from JewishGen volunteers, donors, users, members of other
organizations, and even some of the hotel staff. Here are some highlights:

(1) Yizkor Books: A member of the JewishGen family walked up to the
booth, pulled an old book out of her bag, and asked Rebecca Schaeffer
(a member of the booth team, and Assistant to the Director) if she could
identify it. Rebecca explained that it was a Yizkor (memorial) book,
written by Holocaust survivors to perpetuate the history and heritage of
towns which once had thriving Jewish communities. Visibly moved, the
individual asked if there was a translated version in English, and when
she was given the link to the translated book on JewishGen, and started
reading it, she broke down in tears.

(2) Great-Great Grandfather's Matzeiva (Tombstone): Another individual
stopped by and expressed her longing to find any information about her
great-great-grandfather. Nolan Altman (VP for Data Acquisition) was
there, did a quick search on JOWBR (JewishGen's Online Worldwide
Burial Registry) and helped her find the record for the gravestone of her
great-great-grandfather, which also included the name of her

(3)Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects: A member of the JewishGen family stopped
by the booth, saw the literature about JewishGen's Memorial Plaques
Project, and was so inspired that he committed to having his synagogue's
youth department participate.

(4) Possible Connections: An individual was thrilled to discover the
JewishGen Family Finder, and that there were 90 people researching the
same town she was.

To view a listing of the Booth Talks which took place at the conference,
along with a few pictures, please visit:

Please stay tuned for more updates.

Avraham Groll

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