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35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

Jerusalem, Ramada Hotel, 6-10 July 2015.

Conference Details

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Geni Jerusalem Conference Team

  1. Dennis Aron - USA
  2. Yigal Burstein © - Israel
  3. Adam Brown © - USA / Symposium Lecture Presenter
  4. Kevin Hanit © - Canada
  5. Laurence Harris © - UK
  6. Shmuel Kam © - Israel
  7. Pam Karp © - Sydney, Australia / Symposium Lecture Presenter
  8. Rafi Kornfeld © - Israel
  9. Charles Lebow - Israel
  10. Mark Melmed - USA
  11. Malka Mysels © - USA
  12. Sheryl Prenzlau - Israel
  13. Randy Schoenberg © - USA / Symposium Lecture Presenter
  14. Marco Soria © - Italy / Symposium Lecture Presenter

Geni BOF gathering

GENI BOF member get-together, Thursday, July 9th, 2.00 pm. All Geni members are welcome!

Geni Jewish Genealogy Curators


Preliminary schedule for the 2015 IAJGS

Monday, July 6

Check Conference website often for Revisions and Updates

“A Frankenstein by Any Other Name” – Michael Shade

“” - Workshop

“Archival sources for Sephardic Jewish Onomastics and Genealogy Research in the Middle Ages: Inquisition Trials and Tax Records” – Dr. Ricardo Muñoz Solla

“Connecting to Jewish Heritage through Jewish Genealogy”- KEYNOTE- Rabbi Israel Meir Lau

“Damascus Jews (1583-1909) as Reflected in the Muslim Sharia Courts” – Jacob Rosen

“Death Certificates, Obits, Headstones and Probate Records – What Our Ancestors Have Been Dying to Tell Us” – Kenneth Bravo

“Different Traditions Even in Death: Ashkenazi vs. Sephardi Tombstones” – Madeleine Isenberg

“Digital Staszów: Combining Information Technology with Second-Generation Initiative to Memorialize a Vanished Jewish Community” – Jean-Pierre Stroweis

“Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library” – Judy Baston

“Evacuatzia - Searching for Documentation on Those Evacuated to the Depths of the USSR during WWII” – Serafima Velkovich

“Footnotes, Sidenotes and Remarks in European Vital Records” – PANEL – Dr. Yochai Ben-Ghedalia, Rony Golan and Orit Lavi

“From the Banks of the Dnieper to the Banks of the Seine via the Yishouv” – Anne Lifshitz-Krams

"Gathering the Fragments": Yad Vashem's National Campaign to Rescue Personal Items from the Holocaust Period – Dr. Haim Gertner

"Genealogical Data from the Archives of the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam” – Ton Tielen

Gesher Galicia Luncheon – Speaker Dr. Haim Gertner

Gesher Galicia Meeting

“How IGRA has gone global AND changed genealogy research in Israel” – Garri Regev

“Introduction to JewishGen” - COMPUTER LAB – Debra Kay-Blatt

“JCR-UK – Project Outline and a Possible Blueprint for Other Regions of the World” – David Shulman

“Jewish Genealogy – How to Start, Where to Look and the Breadth of What’s Available” –Lara Diamond

“Jewish Immigrants in Belgium (1918-1940): How Can We Follow Them?” – Vincent Vagman

“Jewish Names, Red Herrings and Name Changes” – Philip Trauring

“Jewish Surnames from North Africa: Civil Records as Clues for the Etymology” – Dr. Alexander Beider

“Jews in the Trenches: Historical and Genealogical Material at the National Library of Israel” – Daniel Lipson

Latvia SIG Luncheon

Latvia SIG Meeting

“New Attendees!”

“Prenumeranten - A Goldmine of Genealogy!” – Rabbi Yehuda Aron Horovitz

President’s Reception

“Project ‘Jews of Latvia: Names and Fates 1941-1945’ as a Genealogical Source” – Rita Bogdanova

“Rabbinical Genealogy - Doubts and Errors" – Chaim Freedman

“Researching your Galizianer Family: Working with Vital Records” – Mark Halpern

“Searching for Relatives in the JDC Names Database” – Naomi Barth

“Sensitive Subjects in Genealogy: What to Reveal, What to Conceal” – Jane Neff Rollins

“Sources for Research of Dutch Jewish Families” – Max van Dam

"Sources of Jewish Genealogy (18th - 20th Centuries) in the Fonds of the Lviv Archives" – Alexander Dunai

Subcarpathia SIG meeting

“The DNA of the Jewish People” – Bennett Greenspan

“The Soul of Heritage: The Ancient Jewish Cemetery on Montjuic, Barcelona” – Dominique Tomasov Blinder

“The World War II Destruction of Latvian Jewry: Rebuilding, Reconnecting and Remembering” –Henry Blumberg


“What’s New in JRI-Poland?” – Stanley Diamond

“When It Takes A Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques” – Emily Garber

“Who Were the European Jewish Refugees in Casablanca during World War II and how did they Get There?” – Michal Ben Ya'akov

“Why did Our Ancestors Leave a Nice Place Like the Pale? – Hal Bookbinder

“World War I: Photos, Field Post, Forces Mail, War Diaries, Military Records in Archives” – Dr. Ekkehard Huebschmann

אבני דרך להכרת חיי היום יום של משפחות גליציה - באספקלרית לבוב - ד"ר אלי בראונר

אלה שמות - זיהוי שמותיהם של קרבנות צעדות מוות שיצאו מאושוויץ - בירקנאו הקבורים בקברי אחים בפולין- נעמה גליל   

הילד הזה הוא אני - המסע לגילוי זהותם הביולוגית ומשפחתם של אליאס ויוליק, תאומי מנגלה A7734, A7733 - עיינה קימרון

חקר יהודי לטביה - מקורות בארץ- אלה ברקן

לודז - תל אביב - סיאטל. צעדים ראשונים לחקר שורשי המשפחה בפולין – צח אוריין אוראץ

מגילות יוחסין בתוך ספרים – אבישי אלבוים

מִספָרים מְסַפרים – מספרים הם לא רק תאריכים- עירית שם-טוב


Tuesday, July 7

“Ask the Experts: Adventures in Archival Research in Poland, Ukraine & Austria” – Alexander & Natalie Dunai

Austria-Czech SIG – speaker, Oded Breda

“Beyond the Graves – the Dual Lives of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland” – Dr. Kamila Klauzinska

“Differences in Autosomal DNA Characteristics Between Jewish and Non-Jewish Populations” – Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull

"Families Reunited: The Jewish Immigrants’ Guide to Locate Lost Relatives in Hungary” – Karoly Vandor

“Films of the Jewish Diaspora” – Deborah Steinmetz

“Finding Family in Vojvodina, Serbia and Beyond” – Loren Greenberg Schonbrun

“Gathering, Preserving and Interpreting the Voices and Memories of People and Communities” – PANEL: Dr. Margalit Bejarano, Dr. Rose Lerer Cohen, Dr. Judith Reifen-Ronen

“Gesher Galicia Magical Map Room Mystery Tour!” – WORKSHOP - Eli Brauner, Jay Osborn, Pamela Weisberger

“Hebrew Epitaphs as a Unique Source for the Study of Jewish History and Genealogy” – Witold Wrzosinski

“Historic Cadastral Maps as Resource for Genealogists: Rohatyn 1846 as Example” – Marla Raucher Osborn

“How to Design and Construct a Family History Book Entirely by Yourself” – Stephen Denker

“How to Document a National Jewry – The Jews of Scotland” – Michael Tobias

"How to use Field-work to Find Family Information: a Czech Case-Study" – Dr. David Fligg

"Hungarian Jewish Genealogy: How to Research your Hungarian Roots in Former Hungarian Areas” – Karoly Vandor

“Hungarian Records at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum” – Megan Lewis

Hungarian SIG Meeting

“Hypotheses on Jewish Population Growth on the Lands of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth between the 15th and 19thCenturies” – Tomasz Jankowski

“Insider’s Guide to the Family History Library” – Banai Lynn Feldstein

“International Institute for Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem (IIJG): 10 Year Review – Achievements and Challenges” – Dr. Neville Lamdan

"Israeli Sources for Researching Sephardic Jewry in the Holocaust” – Yitzchak Kerem

“Jewish Records Indexing-Poland” - Computer Workshop – Roni Seibel Liebowitz, Hadassah Lipsius

“Jewish Refugees to Sweden in the Late 1930s and in May-June, 1945 – A Jewish Genealogical Perspective” – Thomas Fuerth

“La base BECANE : registres détat civil consulaire et indigène en Tunisie (1809-1912)”- Thierry Samama

“Landsmanshaftn Records” – Avrohom Krauss

“Life Under the Restrictive Laws for Jews in 19th Century Germany” – Dr. Ekkehard Huebschmann

LitvakSIG Luncheon – speaker, Ephraim Lapid

LitvakSIG Meeting

“’Little Halinka’s Bracelet Found Near Auschwitz Returned to Family’, This and Other Anecdotes Related on Meliza’s Genealogy Site”- Meliza Amity

"Matrimonial Registries of the Jewish Community of Tunis in the 19th Century”- Gilles Boulu & Alain Nedjar

“MyHeritage” – Workshop (English)

“MyHeritage” – Workshop (Hebrew)

“New Developments at Beit Hatfutsot” – Haim Ghiuzeli

“Portal to Connections and Discoveries: Case Studies from the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names” – Cynthia Wroclawski

“Reconstructing a Community: A Case Study Using the Synagogue Records of Homestead, PA” – Tammy Hepps

“Researching Your Litvak Heritage with LitvakSIG -- and Beyond” – Judy Baston

“Resources of the Memorial Museum of Hungarian Speaking Jewry” – Jordan Auslander

“Structure of Marriages Registered in the Vienna Jewish Community 1826-1938” - Wolf-Erich Eckstein

“The History of Yiddish as a Clue to the History of Ashkenazic People” – Dr. Alexander Beider

“The JDC Archives: Who We Are and What We Have to Offer Jewish Genealogists” – Linda Levi

“Tracing over Litvak Ancestry back to Today’s Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon 2000 Years Ago” – Harold Rhode

UkraineSIG Luncheon

UkraineSIG Meeting

“UkraineSIG: What is it and What Does it Include?”- Dr. Janette Silverman

“U.S. Immigration and Naturalization” – Hal Bookbinder

“Use of International Tracing Service Material” – Zvi Bernhardt

“Using Pre-1826 Polish Parish Records in Genealogical Research” – Warren Blatt, Debra Kay-Blatt

“Visual Documentation of Jewish Soldiers in Foreign Armies” – Haim Ghiuzeli

“What I learned from my Family’s Shtetl Yizkor Book” – Rabbi Gary Gans

בית טרזין - פעילות הנצחה לצד מוזיאון וארכיון מודרני- עודד ברידא

ה"כוללים" בירושלים בסוף המאה הי"ט וראשית המאה העשרים. אביעד רוזנברג

הגירתה ופיזורה של משפחה יהודית אחת מצפון מזרח הונגריה - מחקר דנא- ד"ר יהודה היימליך

חשיפה קובץ מסמכים מארכיוני הביטחון הפנימי באוקראינה: ברית המועצות בעקבות תנועות ציוניות- חנה כוכבי

טבריה, תולדות הקהילה על פנקסי החברא קדישא – בנימין פנטליאט

יצחק רוזנטל-דנציגר – כולל הו"ד ובתי מחסה בירושלים – זהבה בן דב

קשרי משפחה חבויים במשפחות רבניות: ש"ב ויתר קיצורים- ירון פדהצור

שמות משפחה יהודיים המורכבים מנוטריקונים – ד"ר חנן רפפורט

Wednesday, July 8

American Jewish WWI Service – Jordan Auslander

“Asser Levy – His Extended Family and their Descendants from the 1600’s to the Present” – David Framowitz

Belarus SIG Luncheon- speaker, Dr. Yochai Ben-Ghedalia

Belarus SIG Meeting

Bessarabia SIG Luncheon – speaker, Anastasia Moscaliuc

Bessarabia SIG Meeting

“Botosani County Records, Accomplishments and Analysis” – Sorin Goldenberg

“Connecting the Jewish Future to its Past: Why and How to Teach Jewish Genealogy” –Jeffrey Schrager

“Developing Your Family Tree-Bene Israel Community” – Nissim Moses

“Evidence Analysis: Which is the Right Record?” – Rhoda Miller

“From Bessarabia to North America -the Kogan-Tulchinsky Family Saga” - Alexandra(Ala) Gamulka, Yefim Kogan

“Galician & Polish Research Online! Methods, Techniques and Resources” – Pamela Weisberger

IAJGS Annual Meeting

“Indian Jewry: Bney Yisrael, Cochinis, Baghdadis – Three Communities with Different Backgrounds, Histories, Languages and Customs” – Moshe Felber

“INS Subject Index: Jewish Refugee Files from WWI and WWII” – James Gross

“Is a Rabbi Hiding in your Family Tree? Lessons from Genetic Genealogy for Traditional Genealogists” – Janet Akaha

“Jewish Antwerp – A Shtetl in Belgium” – Gershon Lehrer

“Jewish Architecture without Borders: Kishinev in the First Half of the 20th Century” – Anastasia Moscaliuc

"Jewish Cultural Property, Ownership, Provenance Research and Restitution: Understanding Concepts” – Karen Franklin and Dr. Rose Lerer Cohen

“Jewish Social Service Agencies” –Avrohom Krauss

“JewishGen 2015” - PANEL: Warren Blatt, Avram Groll & Michael Tobias

JewishGen Evening Program

JRI-Poland Board Meeting

“Lunna – Impressions of my Visits to my Father’s Town of Birth” – Dr. Ruth Marcus

“Meet my Singers, A Success Example of Genealogy Research” – Daniel Horowitz

“Migration from the Yishuv Hayashan (Old Yishuv) Before the First World War” – Jules Feldman

“Non-Classified and Unidentified Sources for Genealogy” – Alex Denysenko

“Ottoman Palestinian Genealogical Sources at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People” – Hadassah Assouline

“Personal Files of Rabbis and Assistant Rabbis in the Kingdom of Poland, a Genealogy Source” – Marta Rzepecka – Aleksiejuk

"Privacy Issues with Online Trees”E. Randol Schoenberg

“Raducaneni, Romania - Civil Records and Jewish Tombstones: Identifying and Matching Data” – Marcel Glaskie

“Reading Between the Lines: Mining Jewish History Through Extraction of Polish Archive Data” – Judy Golan

“Return to Sighet: Remembrance, Culture and Celebration” – Peninah Zilberman

ROM SIG Meeting

“Russian Empire Military Census 1875 as the Unique Genealogy Resource” – Nadia Lipes

SA SIG Luncheon, speaker - Benjamin Pogrund

“Southern African Jewish Genealogy Research” – Saul Issroff

“The DNA Connection – Modern Jews and the Ancient Hebrews” – Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman

“The Genealogy of Tunisian Jews: Pushing the Boundaries” – Thierry Samama

The House of Rothschild in Italy and the Jewish Community of Naples: History Meets Genealogy”Dr. Marco Soria

“The Jewish Communities of the Caribbean” – W. Todd Knowles

“The Jewish Community in 19th Century Eretz Israel: New Available Resources” – Rose Feldman

"The Jews of Maramaros: Exploring On-line and Off-line Genealogical Sources” – Dr. Menachem Keren-Kratz

“The Mother of all Genealogies (Genesis 10)” – Prof. Aaron Demsky

“The Vienna Jewish Cemetery in Waehring 1784-1879 as a Genealogical Source” - Wolf-Erich Eckstein

הגירות יהודים ממרוקו לאנגליה במאה ה- 19- סידני קורקוס

המחקר הגניאולוגי במיגזר החרדי- הרב מאיר וונדר

הצצה נדירה לעולמו של יהודי מבלרוס, משפחתו וקהילתו מהמאה ה-19 עד לתחילת המאה ה-20.- לרה צינמן

לחקר בתי העלמין והנקרולוגיה של יהודי איזמיר (המאות הי"ז-הכ) ד"ר דב הכהן

מיסתורין ואניגמות במחקר הגניאולוגי אודות משפחת ענתבי - ד"ר אליעוז ענתבי חפר

שמות משפחה של נשים - בעיות ואתגרים במחקר- ד"ר לאה הבר גדליה

Thursday, July 9

“19th Century Censuses in Central Ukraine, Overview of the Key Resource for Genealogy” – Tomasz Jankowski

“A Portal into German-Jewish History” – Dr. William Weitzer

"A Tragic Romance and its Consequences: From One Photo to Journeys of Research and Discovery!” – Eli Rabinowitz

“An Ultimate Guide for Free-to-Use Russian Military Databases in Jewish Genealogy Research” – Nadia Lipes

“Archive Documents Discovered on Additional First Names Imposed on German Jews in 1939" – Dr. Fritz Neubauer

“Are German-Jewish Community Histories Trustworthy Source Material for Your Family Tree” – Jeanette Rosenberg

“Bessarabian Jewish Records – What our Group have Translated and What’s New” – Yefim Kogan

“Derniers Développements de la Recherche sur la Généalogie Juive dans la Francophonie” – PANEL – Daniel Dratwa…

“Exciting New Avotaynu Foundation Program to Promote Jewish DNA Projects”Adam Brown

Gala Banquet – Speaker, Dick Eastman

“Generation Alliance: A Social Network for Alliance Israelite Universelle Schools Alumni” - Jean-Claude Kuperminc

GerSIG Luncheon – speaker, Dr. Yochai Ben-Ghedalia

GerSIG Meeting

“Getting the Most out of for Jewish Research” – W. Todd Knowles

“I Couldn’t Put it Down! Series: What They Don’t Tell You About Family History Publishing” Marlis Humphrey

“It Isn’t All Online – Getting Away from Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Finding the Best Stories” – Lara Diamond

“Jewish Genealogy Research at Ukraine 1795-1938: Tips & Tricks, Specific Documentation, Jewish Migration and Archives” – Oleksiy Lipes

“Jewish Vital Records from the Period of the Holocaust in Eastern Galicia (1941-44)”- Tony Kahane

“Jews in the News! International Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists” – Pamela Weisberger

“JRI-Poland – Congress Poland Records and Digital Images” – Hadassah Lipsius

JRI-Poland Luncheon – speaker, Michal Majewski

JRI-Poland Volunteers Meeting

“Krotoschin and its Virtual Cemetery” Neil Rosenstein

“Making You Memory-able – Tips, Tricks and Tools to Write Your Memoirs” – Danny Verbov

“Multidisciplinary Academic Research in Genealogy” – PANEL – Dr. Dov HaCohen, Dr. Arnon Hershkovitz, Dr. Judith Kalik

“Prepare for a Cemetery Trip” – Daniel Horowitz

“Preserving Photographs, Scanning, and Digital Backups” – Philip Trauring

“Relief Aid, Safe Haven and Displaced Persons Camps: JDC and World War II” – Naomi Barth and Linda Levi

“Resource Centre of the Museum of History of Polish Jews Polin” – Michal Majewski

“Sephardic Dynasties: Irish Crypto Rabbis with a Converso Twist” – Sarina Roffe

“Star of David on the Green and Yellow Flag: Brazilians Jewish Military of WWII” – Israel Blajberg

“Testimonies of Odengatan 28 - Memorial Records from Swedish Post-Holocaust Rehabilitation Camps” – Seth Jacobson

“The History, Adoption and Regulation of Jewish Surnames in the Russian Empire” – Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull

“The Jewish Surnames in Bessarabia/Moldova: What makes our Surnames Unique” – Yefim Kogan

“The Next 30 Years; Predictions of Trends in Jewish Genealogy” – Sallyann Sack Pikus

“The Story of One Extended German Family During the Shoa” – Debbie Lifschitz

“Threading Layers of Memory into our Family Histories” – Rosemary Eshel

“Tracing the Women in Your Family through Socialism and Community Work: Case Study Eretz Israel” – Rose Feldman

“Under the Tuscan Sun: The Story and the Genealogy of the Jews of Tuscany” –Nardo Bonomi Braverman

“U.S. City Directory Unique Uses” – Diane M. Freilich

“Using the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Online Oral Histories to Research Your Family” – Megan Lewis

“Virtual Yizkor/Memorials Books - Creating Webpages Dedicated To Jewish Communities (Kehilot)” – Susana Leistner Bloch

בית הקברות בהר הזיתים – דניאל שני Mount of Olives Cemetery - Daniel Shani

"בנתיבי העפלה" מרכז המחקר והמידע למורשת ההעפלה ע"ש אלוף מרדכי (מוקה) – רינה אופנבך Illegal Immigration - Atlit, Rina Offenbach

חציית התהום בגנאולוגיה רבנית: קו התפר שבין הרשומות האזרחיות למקורות יהודיים- ירון פדהצור

לה קהילה אז קומו לה פמיליה (הקהילה כמשפחה)- ד"ר לאה טייכר

עקבות שושלת משפחת זקס, במקורות ובמאגרי המידע – גידי פורז, ד"ר מוטי פרידמן

Friday, July 10

“Beta Israel – Descendants of King Solomon or Descendants of the Tribe of Dan? Origins Shrouded in Mystery” – Avivah Pinski


“Family Generations at War: Weaving World History and Ancestral Genealogy” – Paul King

“Finding Aron Baum in Pre-War St. Petersburg” – Prof. H. Daniel Wagner

“Genealogical Sources in the Central Archives on Jewish Soldiers in WWI and Their Families” – Denise Rein

“JewishGen (Hebrew)” - WORKSHOP

“JRI-Poland (Hebrew)” – WORKSHOP – Jean-Pierre Stroweis

“Search as an Art” – Banai Lynn Feldstein

“Teaching Jewish Genealogy for Teenagers” – Rony Golan, Dr. Arnon Hershkovitz

“The Central Database of Shoah Victims Names – Plans for the Future” – Dr. Alexander Avram

“The poor and the Pious in Jerusalem 1639-1800 - Support for Eretz Israel from Amsterdam” –Ton Tielen

“Yad Vashem Resources for Advanced Level” – Zvi Bernhardt

אבני דרך לאיתור מידע על חיילי צבא אנדרס- מרוסיה, ארץ ישראל, איטליה ועד פירוק הצבא- ד"ר אלי בראונר

מי היה אלישע בן אבויה- מריאנה קרונפלד

מקורות מידע לא שגרתיים: אוספי הארכיון הציוני כמקור מידע ייחודי בתחום חקר השורשים – סימון שליאכטר Holdings at the Central Zionist Archives - Simone Schliachter

עץ המשאלות - סיפורי מחקר מרגשים - גידי פורז

שמות פרטיים מחפירות ארכיאולוגיות בארץ ישראל בתקופת בית ראשון- ד"ר מיתקה גולוב