The program is comprised of plenary and parallel sessions, consisting of lectures, computer workshops, discussion panels and Self-Running (PowerPoint) presentations with about 150 lectures by leading Israeli and international experts.

A wide range of Conference topics include Jewish communities from around the world; Jewish onomastics; Solitreo and other archaic scripts to help you unlock the secrets of original sources; demography; historical forces and patterns of migration; aliyah to Israel; genetics and genealogy; unusual sources for genealogy ranging from Rabbinic writings to the internet, from Gubernskie Vedomosti to the Russian Encyclopedia; special workshops extending from beginners classes to how to publish your own family history.

Focused sessions will be dedicated to Holocaust research at Yad Vashem.

Special sessions are planned in collaboration with scholars from the Hebrew University.

A new feature at this conference - Self-Running (PowerPoint) genealogical presentations - will be screened continuously.

Documentaries of Jewish interest and with a genealogical flavor will be shown in the Video Room.

Preliminary Program:

Sunday, July 4, 2004
13:40 - 18:05 Parallel Sessions
19:30 - 22:00 Get-Together Cocktail, Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
Monday, July 5, 2004
08:00 - 12:25 Parallel Sessions
12:25 - 13:40 Lunch Break and Transportation to Yad Vashem
13:40 - 14:25 Plenary Session at Yad Vashem
14:35 - 17:10 Parallel Sessions at Yad Vashem
17:15 - 18:00 Preview Tour of Yad Vashem’s new Historical Museum and Hall of Names
18:00 - 22:00 Special evening to Celebrate Yad Vashem’s 50th Anniversary, including light dairy meal (Optional)
Transportation back to the Hotel.
Tuesday, July 6, 2004 (17 Tamuz)
08:00 - 12:25 Parallel Sessions
12:25 - 13:40 Lunch Break
13:40 - 18:05 Parallel Sessions
20:30 Break-the-Fast light Supper (Optional)
21:15 Evening Event
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
08:00 - 12:25 Parallel Sessions
12:25 - 13:40 Lunch Break
13:40 - 18:05 Parallel Sessions
20:00 Evening Event
Thursday, July 8, 2004
08:00 - 12:25 Parallel Sessions
12:25 - 13:40 Lunch Break
13:40 - 18:05 Parallel Sessions
20:30 Banquet, Closing Address, IAJGS Awards Ceremony (Optional)
Friday, July 9, 2004
08:00 - 13:05 Parallel sessions (1 in English, 2 in Hebrew)

Partial List of Speakers:
Dr. Alexander Beider - Author of the new Jewish Surnames in Galicia dictionary, France
Stanley Diamond - Executive Director of Jewish Records Indexing – Poland, Canada
Guilherme Faiguenboim - Co-author of the Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames, Brazil
Professor Dov Levin - the Hebrew University, Israel
Dr. Stephen Morse - Creator of Genealogical Search Tools, U.S.A.
Yale Reisner - The Lauder Foundation, Poland
Jürgen Sielemann - Archivist of the Hamburg State Archives, Germany
Prof. Karl Skorecki - Geneticist, Technion and Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel
Rabbi Meir Wunder - Author of the Encyclopedia of Galician Sages, Israel

Preliminary List of Sessions

The program will deal with number of thrilling subjects, as follows:
  • Beginners' Workshops in English and in Hebrew
  • Israel's Treasure Trove, with the Chief Archivists of major repositories
  • Children in the Holocaust
  • Sephardim and Oriental Jews in the Mediterranean Basin
  • Names, names and more names (innovations in Onomastics)
  • Genetics - Cohen, Levi and Israel
  • Tales, Myths and Family Lore
  • Cyber-Gen
  • Combing Rabbinic literature
  • New Databases from Israel and abroad
  • Off-the-beaten-track Roots
  • Tools and Methods revisited
  • Yad Vashem - Privileged insights
  • Migrations - Jews on the move
  • Biographies and Autobiographies (in cooperation with the Hebrew University)
And of course, many lectures on Roots and Research across the Jewish Globe.