Jewish genealogical conference
Davida Handler has sent me news about a Jewish genealogical
conference next year in Las Vegas. I'm posting her note here for
your information, and in case anyone would like to go. . It's
addressed to "SIG leaders" but since we don't have a formal leader,
anyone who's interested is welcome to represent the Keidan group.
Dear SIG Leader:
The 25th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy,
scheduled for July 10-15, 2005 at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada,
will be here before we know it. We expect that because Las Vegas is
such a tourist destination, it is likely to be one of the largest
gatherings ever of Jewish genealogists. The Jewish Genealogy Society
of Southern Nevada (JGSNV) is working hard to also make it the best
The conference program will emphasize educational and networking
opportunities during the day, leaving the evenings free to
experience all that Las Vegas has to offer. Planned talks will be
grouped by theme and we will have panels of experts for Q & A.
Because our primary concern is to make the program responsive to
your needs, we are turning to you for your help and suggestions.
Please respond to the following 7 items as soon as possible:
1. SIG leaders are the experts in your fields. Please help us
ensure that the program includes talks of interest to your members,
by suggesting topics or speakers.
2. Do you plan to bring a foreign archivist to the conference?
3. If you are bringing an archivist, would you like to set up
individual sessions for researchers to consult with that archivist?
4. Are you interested in sponsoring a breakfast or a luncheon? If
so, please identify your 1st and 2nd choices for scheduling the
either one. Prices have not yet been finalized but will be in
accordance with past conferences. We can arrange kosher meals if we
know about this well in advance; there may be an additional cost. We
have space reserved for 10 breakfasts and 10 luncheons. We will
make every effort to accommodate your wishes but will need to know
as soon as possible in order to know approximately how many people
may attend each function so that we may hold the rooms.
5. Please let us know if you will require a room for a business
meeting, networking session or other SIG meeting and if so, your
6. We would like to invite you to participate in a "SIG Fair" that
is available at no cost to you. The SIG Fair will take place on one
or two days during the conference (depending on the number of
participating SIGs). We will provide a skirted table and display
easel for each participating SIG in a large, convenient area in the
hotel. You will supply resource material, brochures, newsletters,
and other information, and display maps, banners and other visual
materials related to your SIG and to your geographic region and
topics of interest. You will also schedule one or more SIG members
to be available at your table to discuss your SIG and the resources
you provide. We envision this as a great opportunity for conference
attendees to learn about the benefits of SIG membership and to ask
questions in an informal atmosphere about conducting research in
your region of interest, and for your SIG members to meet and
7. Is there anything else we should be aware of to help you and
your members have a great experience at the conference?
To expedite our planning it is necessary to let us know if you want
to sponsor a SIG breakfast, luncheon or business meeting no later
than November 15. We will also appreciate receiving your ideas about
speakers and topics by November 15. Please provide all other
requested information as soon as possible but no later than February
Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us make next
summer's conference especially informative and exciting. We look
forward to hearing from you.
Davida Noyek Handler
Conference SIGs Coordinator