A Special Program for Jewish Educators
(And Others Who Are Interested)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is being held in Cleveland for the first time. It features a special day designed specifically for Jewish educators (but open to others as well).

Who Should Attend

Anyone who would like to learn how to get young people interested in family history (and history in general).

Especially educators who:

  • Work in formal and informal settings
  • Work in day or synagogue schools
  • Create and facilitate family and intergenerational programs
  • Teach history
  • Teach writing and research skills

Sunday, July 28th, is the date. The program begins with breakfast and a keynote by noted Jewish educator and genealogist Carol Oseran Starin, former Vice-President of the Jewish Federation of Seattle. Participants may select from two workshop time periods, each with a choice from three nationally known presenters, followed by lunch and idea exchanges.

Educators who are not registered for the main Conference are invited to visit the Conference SHARE Fair and the Vendor and Exhibit areas and to hear the conference keynote by Case Western Reserve University Professor Daniel Goldmark, Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies, on the contribution of Jews to Rock & Roll.

Program Details


To introduce educators to how Jewish genealogy strengthens students' Jewish identity through the experience of researching their roots and how their history shaped family and community.


Here is the tentative schedule (subject to change).

8:30–9:00 Registration and light breakfast
9:00–10:00 Keynote speaker: What is Jewish about Jewish Genealogy?, Carol Starin
10:15–11:15 Three workshop sessions
  1. Jewish Genealogy for Beginners, Maurice Kices
  2. Designing an “Introduction to Jewish Genealogy” Program: Being Ready for Surprises, Sylvia Abrams
  3. Projects That Draw Youth to Ancestral Roots, Eli Rabinowitz
11:30–12:30 Three workshop sessions
  1. DNA as a Genealogy Tool, Gil Bardige
  2. JewishGen—Everything You Need to Know, Phyllis Kramer
  3. How to Get Kids Involved in Family History, Daniel Horowitz
12:30–1:15 Lunch and “tachlis” how to implement ideas
1:15–2:45 Participation in SHARE Fair and Exhibits
2:45–4:00 Education track participants are invited to the conference keynote address on the contributions of Jews to Rock & Roll

Fee and Attendance Limit

Fee for the entire day: $75 per person. Kosher dietary laws observed

Limited to 75 attendees


We thank the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland for underwriting the costs of the first 35 Cleveland educators' attendance at the Educators' track of IAJGS2019.


Go to the REGISTRATION tab to register. If you are registering for the first time, select the NEW REGISTRATION item. If you have already registered for some aspect of the Conference, select the ATTENDEE SERVICE CENTER item.

Cleveland educators should check the box indicating they teach in a JEC institution when they register and follow the instructions.

Educators have the option of registering for the entire conference or daily sessions in addition to the educators' program.

The educators' program includes breakfast and lunch. The mandatory food voucher does not apply to those attending only the educators' program.

For Questions or Additional Information

Contact Dr. Sylvia Abrams, educators@iajgs2019.org, for more information.


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