PRELIMINARY PROGRAM INFORMATION

Updated: Saturday, July 4, 2020

Note: This program will be updated regularly before the conference. Please check back often for the latest update.

Here is an outline of the program that we are developing for the IAJGS 2020 Conference on Jewish Genealogy. Live sessions are scheduled between 10:00 am and 7:30 pm EDT (New York time). For the times in other time zone, see the table BELOW. We anticipate that these sessions plus many more pre-recorded webinars will be available for on-demand viewing for approximately 60 days after the conference.

Several films will be available for on-demand streaming during the indicated time periods. The film schedule appears BELOW.

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Live Programming

All times below are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). For the times in other time zone, see the table BELOW.

Monday, August 10

Session 1
10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
Opening Session & Preview of 2021 Conference
Session 2
11:15 am – 12:15 pm EDT
The Way It Was: a 40-Year Retrospective
with Arthur Kurzweil & Sallyann Sack-Pikus
Session 3
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT

(choose from)
Intro to DNA
with Adam Brown
      - or -
Intro to JewishGen
with Avraham Groll
Break from 1:30 until 4:00 pm EDT
Session 4
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

(choose from)
JRI-Poland: The Next 25 Years
with Stanley Diamond
      - or -
Memory & Mystery: Family Lore
with Emily Garber
Session 5
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm EDT

(choose from)
Panel Discussion: “How Our Families Took Surnames”
      - or -
Facial Recognition
with Scott Genzer
Session 6
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

(choose from)
Chat with the Experts: Enhanced Chatrooms on Surnames
      - or -
Panel Discussion on the Film: Children of the Inquisition
with Joseph Lovett & David Gitlitz

Tuesday, August 11

Session 1
10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT

(choose from)
Getting Started with Sephardic Research
with Sarina Roffé
      - or -
Using MyHeritage for Eastern European Jewish Research
with Daniel Horowitz
Session 2
11:15 am – 12:15 pm EDT

(choose from)
Beginner Strategies – Plan Successfully
with Rhoda Miller
      - or -
IAJGS Leadership Seminar: Part 1
Session 3
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT

(choose from)
Researching a Whole Jewish Community
with Deborah Glassman
      - or -
IAJGS Leadership Seminar: Part 2
Break from 1:30 until 4:00 pm EDT
Session 4
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

(choose from)
JewishGen Annual Meeting
      - or -
The Jewish Records Collection on Ancestry.com
with Crista Cowan
Session 5
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm EDT

(choose from)
Panel Discussion: “Finding Our Ancestral Towns”
      - or -
Panel Discussion: “Ask the DNA Experts”
with Kitty Munson Cooper & Adam Brown
Session 6
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

(choose from)
Chat with the Experts: Enhanced Chatrooms on Ancestral Towns
      - or -
Chat with the Experts: Enhanced Chatrooms on DNA

Wednesday, August 12

Session 1
10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT

(choose from)
Panel Discussion: Sephardic Research
with Schelly Talalay Dardashti
      - or -
Panel with the Filmmakers: The Presence of their Absence
with Donna Kanter, Fred Zaidman, & Steven Reece
Session 2
11:15 am – 12:15 pm EDT

(choose from)
Missing Manifests
with Risa Daitzman Heywood
      - or -
Lost in the Shoah
with Janette Silverman
Session 3
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
IAJGS Annual Meeting & Awards
Break from 1:30 until 4:00 pm EDT
Session 4
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

(choose from)
Primer on Jews in Catholic Records
with Genie Milgrom
      - or -
Jewish Given Names
with Warren Blatt
Session 5
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm EDT

(choose from)
Panel Discussion: “Better Call Saul”
with Karen Franklin, Mark Halpern, Saul Issroff, & Jordan Auslander
      - or -
The Knowles Collection
with W. Todd Knowles
Session 6
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

(choose from)
Chat with the Experts: Enhanced Chatrooms on Brick Walls
      - or -
Immigration Laws, Documents & Story
with Susan Weinberg

Thursday, August 13

Session 1
10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT

(choose from)
Yad Vashem Central Database
with Alex Avram & Serafima Velkovich
      - or -
DNA Targeted Testing
with Janine Cloud
Sessions 2 & 3
11:15 am – 1:30 pm EDT

(choose from)
Panel Discussion: IAJGS Database of Jewish Records
with Marlis Humphrey, Sallyann Sack-Pikus, & Stanley Diamond
      - or -
GAME SHOW: “Genealogy Death Match”
Break from 1:30 until 4:00 pm EDT
Session 4
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

(choose from)
Tombstone Reading
with Madeleine Isenberg
      - or -
Finding Kaplans: Researching Common Surnames
with Mindie Kaplan
Session 5
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm EDT

(choose from)
The JDC Archives
with Linda Levi
      - or -
The Find A Grave Community
with Gordon Atkinson
Session 6
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT
GAME SHOW: “Jewpardy”
with Jordan Auslander & Ron Arons

 

A list of topics to be included in our “Virtual” Lecture Library is available HERE.


Schedule in Other Time Zones

Session Eastern Pacific (-3 hours) UK (+5 hours) CET (+6 hours) Israel (+7 hours) Australia (+14 hours)
1 10:00 am–11:00 am 7:00 am–8:00 am 3:00 pm–4:00 pm 4:00 pm–5:00 pm 5:00 pm–6:00 pm 12:00 am–1:00 am
2 11:15 am–12:15 pm 8:15 am–9:15 am 4:15 pm–5:15 pm 5:15 pm–6:15 pm 6:15 pm–7:15 pm 1:15 am–2:15 am
3 12:30 pm–1:30 pm 9:30 am–10:30 am 5:30 pm–6:30 pm 6:30 pm–7:30 pm 7:30 pm–8:30 pm 2:30 am–3:30 am
Break 1:30 pm–3:45 pm 10:30 am–12:45 pm 6:30 pm–8:45 pm 7:30 pm–9:45 pm 8:30 pm–10:45 pm 3:30 am–5:45 am
4 4:00 pm–5:00 pm 1:00 pm–2:00 pm 9:00 pm–10:00 pm 10:00 pm–11:00 pm 11:00 pm–12:00 am 6:00 am–7:00 am
5 5:15 pm–6:15 pm 2:15 pm–3:15 pm 10:15 pm–11:15 pm 11:15 pm–12:15 am 12:15 am–1:15 am 7:15 pm–8:15 pm
6 6:30 pm–7:30 pm 3:30 pm–4:30 pm 11:30 pm–12:30 am 12:30 am–1:30 am 1:30 am–2:30 am 8:30 pm–9:30 pm

 


Film Streaming

Schedule

All times below are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Name of Film Starting Availability Ending Availability
Children of the Inquisition Saturday, August 8 at 9:00 pm Monday, August 10 at 6:30 pm
The Presence of Their Absence Monday, August 10 at 6:30 pm Wednesday, August 12 at 10:00 am
Estamos Aqui: Danken got! (We are Here: Thank Gd) Wednesday, August 12 at 10:00 am Friday, August 14 at 10:00 am

Descriptions

Children of the Inquisition (Joseph Lovett): a documentary film that follows a diverse group of descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions as they unravel their complex and often hidden Jewish identity. Each is on a personal quest to discover and explore his or her distant Sephardic roots. A trailer can be found HERE.

The Presence of Their Absence (Fred L. Zaidman, Donna Kanter): A Los Angeles son of Holocaust survivors is dropped into the unknown to find his roots in the ashes of the Shoah. A trailer can be found HERE.

Estamos Aqui: Danken got!: Searching for her own identity as a cosmopolitan (Jew), documentary filmmaker Cintia Chamecki tells the story of her grandparents and their arduous journey from their Eastern European shtetl to Curitiba, Brazil. The film recalls how Curitiba’s first immigrants arrived well before World War II and assimilated to Brazilian culture with its mysteries and challenges, while preserving their Jewish heritage. And it portrays how this tightly knit community supported the second wave of arrivals, who had barely escaped the Holocaust, how everyone mourned those loved ones that perished in the concentration camps, how they dealt with Brazil’s own dictatorship and how the community grew stronger over the years until today, as they build the first Holocaust Museum in Brazil. Combining rare archival material with interviews from first- and second-generation immigrants, the film unravels the history of the Jewish Community in Curitiba, Brazil, and explores how cultural identity emerges and evolves across generations. A trailer can be found HERE.

 

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