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Yovel/Jubilee conference

The Yovel/Jubilee conference was held at the Sheraton in Silver Spring, Maryland from Sunday, June 21, 2015 through Wednesday, June 24, 2015. 

The Sunday programming featured a special Family Program that was open to all attendees as well as members of the local community. The program will included storytelling by Rabbi Paul Schneider, a reading by author Jacqueline Jules, a musical performance and sing-a-long by Audrey Katz and Lisa Baydush, and a special program by PJ Libraries. The performers were available for signings and conversation. The Sunday dinner featured a keynote conversation with renowned literary critic, scholar, and former literary editor of The New Republic Leon Wieseltier. In addition, there was a concert of Yiddish music by Jane Peppler.

Monday’s Authors’ Luncheon featured authors from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. On Monday evening, a film by and a Q & A with documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner was presented.

Tuesday lunch included a special program honoring past AJL presidents and the awarding of the Fanny Goldstein Merit Award. The Tuesday banquet featured the Bibliography and Reference Awards and the Sydney Taylor Award winners.

On Wednesday there was a full day of programs with curators at leading cultural heritage institutions. The morning session took place at the Library of Congress (LC). Attendees had the option of selecting three out of six possible LC sites to visit: American Folklife Center; Children’s Literature Center; Hebraic Section, AMED; Music Division; Preservation Division; Prints and Photographs Division. The afternoon session took place at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and included sessions with curators and tours.

Throughout the conference, there were numerous sessions on librarianship, reading, Jewish culture and history, and the Holocaust. Presenters included information science professionals, librarians, scholars, and writers from the Washington, D.C. area as well as from around the country and the world.

See the full program book and proceedings to remind yourselves of what you attended and what you missed.