Conference Organizers

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Conference Chairs

The IAJGS Conference Lead Co-Chair is Judi Missel. She can be reached at Hadassah Lipsius serves Co-Chair and can be reached at

The local conference chair is Fred Blum, past-president of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP). He can be reached at

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The conference treasurer is Doug Cohen. He can be reached at

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Registration Chair

The registration chair is Cheryl Shapiro. If you have questions about or problems with registration, please write to

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Exhibitor/Sponsor Liaison

Diane Jacobs is the contact person for those interested in having a table in the Exhibit Hall, are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Conference, or want to advertise in the Daily Planner or Banquet Journal. Questions should be directed to her at

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Publicity & Public Relations

The publicity chair is Sandy Golden. Questions from the media should be directed to her at

Information for members of the press, such as press releases, will be available under the ABOUT menu tab in the Press Information item.

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The webmaster is Jay Sage. He can be reached at

If you notice any technical issue with a page on this site, please let him know. To make it easy, there is usually a link at the bottom of each page that will generate a message to him with the subject line already filled in with the name of the page.

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Program Chair

The Program Chair is Hadassah Lipsius. She can be reached at

As the Conference program evolves, information will appear under the "Program" tab on the website.

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SIG-BOF Coordinator

Bonnie Birns will be handling arrangements for participation by SIG (Special Interest Group) and BOF (Birds Of a Feather) groups at the Conference. She can be reached at

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Resource Library Coordinator

Barbara Hershey is in charge of making the arrangements for the resources that will be available in the Resource Library. She can be reached at

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Mentors Program Chair

Gil Bardige is in charge of the mentors program at the Conference. This program arranges for Conference participants to have one-on-one help sessions with an expert. Gil can be reached at

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Translators Program Chair

Shelley Pollero is in charge of the translators program at the Conference. This program arranges for Conference participants with documents in a foreign language to have a translator help with deciphering the contents. Shelley can be reached at

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Facebook Group Moderator

The Conference Facebook Group moderators are Beth Steiner and Marlise Ellis Gross. They can be contacted through the Facebook Group (for information about it, click HERE).

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Kosher SIG Facebook Group Moderators

Hadassah Lipsius and Lara Diamond moderate the Kosher SIG Facebook Group, which is a resource for conference attendees who are Jewishly observant. For information about that Group, click HERE.


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Discussion List Moderator

The moderator of the conference Discussion List is Jay Sage. For issues concerning the list, he can be contacted at

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Volunteers Coordinator

If you are ready to help with the huge number of activities during the conference (e.g., stuffing materials into registration bags or as a door monitor or ticket-taker) please write to our volunteer chair Marilyn Golden at

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Robinn Magid is managing accessibility issues for the conference. She can be reached at

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Minyan Services

The Minyan services are being organized by Elliot Greene. He can be reached at

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