August 02-07, 2009
29th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, co-hosted
by the IAJGS and the JGS of Greater Philadelphia, drew 948 attendees
who enjoyed wonderful programming, SIG luncheons, tours, workshops,
valuable networking and much more, making this conference the largest
since the New York conference in 2006. Of the attendees, 378 indicated
they were “first-timers,” a number we believe may be a
Co-Sponsored by the IAJGS
and the JGSGP
The conference opened with an incredibly emotional presentation
by Father Patrick DeBois on his work to uncover the truth behind
the murder of 1.5 million Jews in Eastern Europe and ended with
stand-up comedian Yisrael Campbell at the banquet.
between there were too many other memorable programs and activities
to list. A little over 100 people enjoyed wonderful tours in and
around the Philadelphia area. Almost 250 tickets for the Breakfasts
with Experts, 511 tickets for SIG Luncheons and 290 tickets for
Computer Workshops, 75 tickets for the welcome dinner and 300 for
the banquet were purchased. European experts shared their knowledge
and advice to the benefit of many attendees. Many other speakers
provided tips, insight, and help for enhancing research. A number
of sessions focusing on the historical setting in which our ancestors
lived were well received. For the fourth time, the film festival
was a success. A genealogy game-night was help for the first time.
As always, attendees “complained” about having to make
too many choices among the many programs.
wish to thank the many contributors to the conference: Roberts Charitable
Foundation - Stanley Merves, Trustee; The Generations Network, Inc,
Ancestry.com; Genzyme Corporation; E. Randol and Pamela Schoenberg;
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Victor Center for Jewish Genetic
Diseases; Center for Jewish History - Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy
Institute (NYC); Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Inc.; Harvey
M. Krueger; JGS, Inc. (New York): Lucille Gudis Memorial Fund; Joseph
Levine & Sons, Inc.; Judy & Mickey Langsfeld - In memory
of Rabbi Rabbi Malcolm Stern; The Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation,
Inc.; The National Museum of American Jewish History; Ronald Rubin;
B&R Services; Fred Blum; Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin;
Stephen & Suzanne Jacobs; The Jewish Exponent-Jewish News for
the Philadelphia Area; Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia:
Monica Leonards Memorial Fund; Karr Barth Associates; Levin Family
Foundation - Lawrence D. Levin, Trustee - in memory of Albert &
Miriam Levin and Sam & Ethel Lipschutz; David and Judi Mink;
Performance Arts Foundation - Dan Rottenberg, Trustee; David H.
Wice; a number of SIGS; and 90 additional individuals most of whom
are members of the JGSGP.
is no way to adequately thank the many individuals who helped make
this conference a tremendous success. This was the second time that
the IAJGS has co-hosted a conference - demonstrating that this is
a viable means of making sure that there is a conference every year.
The co-chairs of the conference were Anne Feder Lee (IAJGS) and
David Mink (JGSGP).
Photos courtesy of Eugene