JRI Poland #Poland Additions to the Conference program #poland
We have some wonderful news about additions to the Conference program:
Warren Blatt, JewishGen's Vice President and Editor-in-Chief will
represent Jewishgen at the Conference in Jerusalem. Warren's talk is
entitled "JewishGen -- Past, Present and Future" and will focus on all
aspects of Jewishgen databases. His sessions will take one step-by-step
through the process of using JewishGen's internet databases: including
both how to search the databases, and how to add one's own data. We feel
his talk is so important that we have scheduled it for a plenary session
on Tuesday, after the Break-the-Fast dinner at 2100, as well as on Friday
morning, to ensure that Israelis will be able to be present and to learn
from it.Yad Vashem has done it again! Miriam Aviezer, an expert on Yugoslavian
Jewry, will be present at Yad Vashem, in the reading room of the library,
on Wednesday between 10:00 and 14:00 to help you with your research
questions. Those of you with Yugoslavian roots, take note!!
Rose Lerer Cohen, co-author of the multi-volume study on the fate of
Lithuanian Jewry, is also generously donating her time to help those of
you with Litvak roots.. You can consult with Rose in the reading room at
Yad Vashem on Tuesday, July 6, between 10:00 and noon.
Those with Hungarian roots will have the good fortune of being helped by
the expert on Hungarian Jewry, Dr. Gavriel Bar Shaked, who will be at Yad
Vashem >from Sunday through Thursday, between 10:00 and 14:00.
In addition to these and other experts and a crew of volunteers who will
be ready to help you at Yad Vashem, we will have representatives >from Yad
Vashem present at the Conference venue to point you in the right direction
before you ever leave the hotel! Be sure that you bring with you all known
details of family members that you believe were murdered in the Shoah.
You will be able to fill out pages of testimony in their memory, which Yad
Vashem representatives will have with them to give you at the conference.
Don't let your relatives remain among the nameless, a number among the
millions killed. Help rekindle their memory by filling out and handing in
the Pages of Testimony so that future generations can know and honour them
During the evening Event at Yad Vashem on Monday afternoon and evening,
one of the very poignant moments will be when each person goes to the
beautiful Valley of the Lost Communities to locate the stone bearing the
mention of the communities >from which his family came and whose Jewish
population was decimated in World War II. There too, you will have the
opportunity to honour your murdered family members and their community by
remembering them in your own special way in the Valley of the Lost
And then, as they would have wanted, we will celebrate life in the evening
program at Yad Vashem: Am Yisrael Chai! Make sure you bring a sweater and
warm clothing. Nights are cool in Jerusalem, even in summer.
Please be sure to see http://www.jewishgen.org/jerusalem2004, click on
"News" and read all about the detailed program at Yad Vashem.
Martha Levinson Lev-Zion, Ph.D.
The 24th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Jerusalem, July 4-9, 2004