Meeting/Event Information

54th Annual Conference

 

Monday June 17, 2019 to Wednesday June 19, 2019

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Warner Center Marriott
21850 Oxnard St.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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Join AJL in June for our 54th annual conference at the Warner Center Marriott located in the popular suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, in the city of Los Angeles. It is ideally situated near public transportation and shopping, with a multitude of dining options nearby. More importantly, Woodland Hills has a vibrant Jewish community waiting to meet with Judaica librarians from around the world.?

Most of our conference will be held within the beautiful conference center inside the hotel, but we do have special optional tours planned offsite. The conference will begin with a noon luncheon on Monday, followed by a variety of interesting afternoon sessions, and then you are on your own for dinner.

Our Tuesday keynote luncheon speaker will be Russian-born author and artist Eugene Yelchin, 2018 National Book Award finalist, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Newbery Honor Award and Golden Kite Award among many other notable honors. 

Featured among the many Tuesday sessions will be presentations on research skills for high schools, some well-known literary stars of the Los Angeles Persian Jewish community (including author Gina Nahai), and the best new Jewish fiction for adults.

Tuesday evening will continue with our Literary Awards Banquet, honoring the winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award and the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award, the Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards, as well as our newest award: the AJL Fiction Award for best adult fiction book with a Jewish theme. 

After morning sessions on Wednesday, we will board busses to travel to American Jewish University in Bel Air to tour the library and grounds and enjoy our final lunch together.  Optional tours will be available to visit either the Getty Museum or the Skirball Cultural Center, both within one mile of the university.

For those needing to catch a flight home from LAX on Thursday morning, the Hilton LAX hotel has been reserved at a special rate for our members and the airport shuttle ride is included in the price (see link below).

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Jackie BenEfraim, Local Conference Chairperson
Lisa Silverman, National Conference Chairperson

Additional Information

The Warner Center Marriott is located in the popular suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, in the city of Los Angeles. It is ideally situated near public transportation and shopping, with a multitude of dining options nearby. More importantly, Woodland Hills has a vibrant Jewish community waiting to meet with Judaica librarians from around the world.

The hotel is offering AJL the following special group rate (reserve by June 1):

  • $189.00 USD per night (plus taxes)
  • Standard Wifi included in guest rooms
  • $19 Discounted overnight self parking per car

For those returning after the conference Thursday morning, book the group rate (including airport shuttle) for the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel for Wednesday, June 19

Most of our conference will be held within the beautiful conference center inside the hotel, but we do have special optional tours planned offsite.

Full conference Early bird (until April 15) Regular
Member $400 $440
Non-Member $495 $530


Full conference registration includes all sessions and 6 kosher meals (Monday lunch; Tuesday breakfast, Keynote Lunch & Awards Dinner; Wednesday breakfast & lunch).

Members registering for the full conference must enter their member account login information to receive the member conference rates. The current membership year is from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. To renew your membership or to join, log into the Member Area on the AJL home page. If you have any questions regarding membership status or logging in, please contact ajlmembership@gmail.com.

Registration How-Tos

Members Full Conference Registration: For the discounted membership rate, click on the "Register Now" button and login as a member. Please review contact information, update as necessary, and fill in the information requested in the box at the bottom of the page.

Non-members: Click on the "Register Now" button and then click on the "Continue as a Guest" button. Fill out your contact information and the information requested in the box at the bottom of the page.

All Registrants: After the preliminary steps above, click "Continue" and select the appropriate "ticket" (e.g., Full Registration, Per Diem registration, etc.). Select your desired ticket and click on the "Add" button. Answer the questions and click on the "Add" button. Choose any additional tickets and add them as well. When you have completed your selections, click "Continue" and finish the registration process, opting to pay by credit card or clicking "Bypass Payment" to pay by check or with an international credit card. If you would like to pay by check, mail your check made out to 'AJL Conference 2019' to:

Holly Zimmerman, AJL Treasurer
707 North Belgrade Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902

For payment questions, including how to pay with a non-US/Canada credit card, please contact Holly at ajltreasurer@gmail.com.

For registration questions, please contact Marcie Eskin, Conference Registrar, at marcie.eskin@gmail.com or 847-926-7903.

Conference Support and Scholarships

Applications for support and scholarships for the 2019 Los Angeles conference are now available.

 

Details on program and special events will be posted as they become available.

 

Documents

LA 2019 location infomation

AJL Conference 2019 Registration Ticket Types and Rates

AJL Conference 2019 Frequently Asked Questions