IAJGS Conference News

Posted by Pamela Weisberger

The IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, taking place at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, from 11-16 July 2010, is proud to announce that the keynote speaker will be Daniel Mendelsohn, author of "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million", the international best-seller about the world-wide search for information about the fates of six relatives who perished in the Holocaust.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Mendelsohn's book was acclaimed by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel as a "vast, highly colored tapestry...a remarkable personal narrative, rigorous in its search for truth, at once tender and exacting."

Anyone who has ever heard him speak has been mesmerized by his words and insights into the world of family history research, memoir writing, and the quest to know the unknowable. If you've never heard him before, you are truly in for a treat. Mendelsohn is also a founder of the Bolechow Jewish Heritage Society, which will be meeting at the conference. The keynote address will take place on Sunday evening, July 11 at 7:30PM - the opening day of the conference.

Registration is now open and there are a range of options: the early-bird full week registration is $265, spouse/domestic partner $165, and there are daily, student, child, film festival-only and evening-only choices. The early-bird rate is available until April 30, so we encourage you to sign up soon. The website home page has all the information: http://www.jgsla2010.com or you can click here to go to conference registration or click here to see all the various pricing levels.

Both the seasoned pro and the absolute beginner will have a full slate of innovative lectures, films and performances from which to choose. From breaking bread with experts, to computer classes, workshops and tours, the conference will offer myriad ways to learn and share. Full registration includes all programs, lectures, presentations, film festival and evening performances.

The only extra fee-added items will be computer classes, tours, SIG breakfasts and lunches and the gala IAJGS awards banquet with musical entertainment. Classes, tours and some meals are not yet available to be added, but will be soon. The schedule will be posted in late March.

For conference inquiries, please email us by clicking here.

And remember to sign up for the JewishGen Los Angeles 2010 discussion group where you can ask questions and keep abreast of all the breaking conference news: Click here to get there. (You must be registered with JewishGen first.) You can also sign up for "Announcements Newsletter" on our home page.

We would love to hear from you and hope to see many of you in July!

Pamela Weisberger
IAJGS 2010 Conference Co-Chair

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