LitvakSIG is Participating in the 33rd Annual IAJGS Conference

Thank you to Eden Joachim, President of LitvakSIG, for this announcement. 

LitvakSIG is the Special Interest Group (SIG) devoted to Lithuanian (Litvak) – Jewish genealogy, heritage and family history. Our website is  Our All Lithuania Database (ALD) containing 1.2 million records is freely searchable, as is our Shtetl Database. Our website has hundreds of pages of information to help you in your family history quest.

LitvakSIG is participating in the 33rd annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Conference taking place this year in Boston, Massachusetts from Sunday August 4 through Friday August 9.

We will have a big presence again this year, as we have had for more than 10 years at these annual international conferences.

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Below is a listing of programs of interest to Litvak researchers during the IAJGS Conference. This list includes the programs sponsored by LitvakSIG and programs specifically Litvak in nature. The entire list of programs may be viewed at the conference website,, along with abstracts of each program. Please note this is only a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.

LitvakSIG Day is Tuesday, August 6. Our programming block is in the afternoon, beginning with our luncheon followed by two presentations and our annual SIG General Meeting.


Additional SIG sponsored programs occur on Tuesday morning, Wednesday and Thursday. Our Guest Speakers are Ruta Anulyte, Aleksandr Avramenko, and Sergey Kanovich of the MACEVA – Lithuanian Cemetery Project. Other Litvak related programs occur on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Opening day, Sunday, August 4, from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM, is devoted to a SHARE FAIR

This fair takes place in a large room where many SIGs, BOFs (Birds of a Feather groups), Archives and Repositories, Genealogical and Historical Societies and Other Local Attractions will have tables and volunteers available to help you and your research. This fair is of special interest to beginners and first time conference attendees. Stop by our table to learn about our organization, our research groups and our translation projects. Representatives from MACEVA – Lithuanian Cemetery Restoration and Digitization project will be joining us. The Svencionys District BOF group will have a table at the fair as will The Vilna Shul.

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Monday, Aug 5

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM – Burlington’s Jewish Community: “Little Jerusalem” 1880-1940, P. Jeffrey Potash

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Svencionys District Research Group BOF Meeting, Rhoda Miller

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Immigration Networks from Vilna Gubernia to Providence, Rhode Island: a Case Study, Meredith Hoffman


Tuesday, August 6

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM – Kupiskis – Rokiskis SIGs – BOF Meeting, Linda Cantor

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM – From Vilna to Boston: An Architectural Exploration of Jewish Lithuanian Immigration to the United States, Jessica Antoline (Vilna Shul)

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Panel Discussion: Jewish Cemetery Restoration and Preservation, Ruta Anulyte

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – LitvakSIG Luncheon (Fee Based) Speaker: Ruta Anulyte, “Kaunas Zaliakalnis (Greenhill) Jewish Cemetery: A Case Study”

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Lithuanian Research – The Present and What the Future Holds, Howard Margol

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM – MACEVA – Preservation and Digitization of Jewish Cemeteries in Lithuania Through Support of Local Communities, Aleksandr Avramenko

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Litvak SIG Meeting – Annual General Meeting, conclusion of annual election, presentation of annual financial and records translation status reports, open to everyone, question and answer period.


Wednesday, August 7

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Women of Lithuania, Ellen Cassedy

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – PC Computer Workshop (Fee Based) – Litvak Seek – Search the ALD Successfully, Eden Joachim and board members

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM – Lida District BOF Meeting, Judy Baston

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM – Memory and Restoration: New Memorial Stones in the Forests of Lithuania, Rose Lerer Cohen


Thursday, August 8

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM – Litvak Heritage and Patterns of Memory in Contemporary Lithuanian Society, Sergey Kanovich (Lithuanian poet, public figure and public relations adviser to the Lithuanian Jewish Community in Lithuania)

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Research Your Litvak Roots Using the LitvakSIG Website, Eden Joachim and Judy Baston

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM – Jewish Cemetery Preservation Issues in Lithuania, Ruta Anulyte

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Remembering Vilna, Ellen Cassedy


We look forward to meeting new friends and seeing old friends in Boston. Please visit our table at the SHARE Fair to say hello, ask questions, join LitvakSIG or learn how to support our translation efforts.

LitvakSIG is an independent non-profit tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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