Following on from yesterday’s posting I can only add a short summary of today. It goes like this, as reported to my sister-in-law “Shattering so far. Started at 6.00 a.m. getting up. Did a meeting at 7.30 a.m. then more meetings and sessions, spent 2 hours on the IAJGS advice table, Then talked to my President about the Annual meeting, followed by a meeting of the various JGS Presidents and then an opening address by the former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.” The first meeting was the non-affiliated attendees meeting, where we talked to people from Spain, Hungary, Mexico/Chile and Cincinnati Ohio. There was definite interest from all participants in getting some sort of Jewish Genealogy Society started in each location. There will be follow up work and hopefully more societies will start up around the world. There was an introductory session to the conference for first time attendees where about 90 people learned about how the conference and the conference app worked.
Highlight of the day for me was the UK Special Interest Group meeting where David Shulman, JCR-UK webmaster, gave an interesting and informative talk about the communities pages on JCR-UK. The figures for the number of communities covered were astounding. Over 1,000 communities were listed and covered in the website, many in great detail. Following this session I attended one on the history of the Pale of Settlement. Then I had a two-hour stint on the IAJGS table to answer questions about Jewish Genealogy Societies and also about the next conference in Seattle. The table was quite busy throughout.
I attended a very useful lecture on sources for Dutch Jewish records given by Max van Dam. There are dozens of very good and very detailed websites out there. I hope to be able to post more information about the websites later.
Later I spent time with IAJGS President, Marlis Humphrey, to agree the running times for the Annual Meeting on Wednesday. We then went to host the Presidents Reception where JGS Presidents, JGS representatives and special guests came to mingle and get to know each other. There were about 50 people at the reception and a lot of good networking went on. From there we went on to the main opening session to listen to speeches from Michael Goldstein, Conference Chair, Gilad Japhet and the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau. All of the talks were interesting and entertaining. We then retired to the coffee lounge to finish the day. Again, networking took place as we sat around introducing people to each other and getting to know more about our old and new friends.