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55th Annual Conference 2020


Monday June 29, 2020 to Wednesday July 01, 2020

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Hilton Orrington Hotel
1710 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

Shalom Safranim & Friends!

The local Chicago planning committee, supported by the Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago, is hard at work planning this year's Annual Conference:

·         The 2020 AJL Conference will be held at the Hilton Orrington, a 4-star hotel in the heart of downtown Evanston, a block away from the Northwestern University campus. The conference rate is $159/night (plus taxes). Click here to reserve a room. After you select the dates you want, click on "Add special rate codes" or “More Options” (depending on how you are viewing the web page), then scroll down to the "Group Code" field and enter AJL20. Then click on "Check Rooms & Rates." You should get to a page that notes "We're showing Ajl Annual Conference Chicago rate first...." Scroll down to select "Quick Book Group Rate" of $159 for either the Deluxe Two Queen Beds or the Deluxe King Bed option. You should then get to the Payment and Guest Details page to submit your information. To reserve by phone, call 1-800-HILTONS referencing  “AJL Annual Conference, Chicago Vicinity June 2020” to receive the group rate. The cut-off date for this rate is Friday, June 5.

·         Our Conference will kick off with lunch and a keynote address on Monday, June 29 at 12:00pm. However, we encourage you to attend the ALA Conference the day before which is taking place in downtown Chicago (more information will be forthcoming). There will be some committee meetings on Monday morning as well as the Newcomer’s Welcome at 10:30am. Registration will open at 8:30am and the Exhibit Hall will open at 11am. 

·         The Conference will conclude with lunch and the annual Feinstein Lecture on Wednesday, July 1, 12:30 - 2:00 pm. Optional tours will be offered on Wednesday afternoon, departing from the Orrington at 2pm.  Stay tuned for more information and plan to extend your stay.

·         The full conference Early Bird Rate for AJL members is $450 (by April 30). This includes all conference sessions and kosher meals (Chicago Rabbinical Council certification): lunch on Monday; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Tuesday; and breakfast & lunch on Wednesday. Per diem and other special rates are also be available.

·         We received more than 70 presentation proposals on a wide range of topics related to various aspects of librarianship, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel that will be relevant to library professionals working in academic and research institutions, archives, synagogues, day schools, and Jewish community centers as well as public schools and libraries serving Jewish communities. Twenty-eight sessions will be offered – it’s going to be a great conference! 

·         Several special programs during the conference are being planned, including an author showcase at the Evanston Public Library (right across the street from the hotel) on Monday, June 29 at 7:00pm. Plus, invitations have been extended to the award-winning authors of the AJL Fiction Award and the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. 

In the coming weeks and months, we will be posting additional information about travel, vendors, tours, session details, volunteer opportunities and more.  See the Documents section below for links to additional information including previous Weekly Updates.

The 2020 AJL Conference promises to be innovative, exciting, and interesting -- plus it’s always "Cooler by the Lake"!

Marcie Eskin and Rachel Kamin, Local Conference Co-Chairs

Lisa Silverman, National Conference Chair



Members Full Conference Registration: For the discounted membership rate of $450 (by April 30), click on the "Register Now" button and login as a member. Please review your contact information, update as necessary, and fill in the information requested in the box at the bottom of the page. If you have questions regarding your membership status or member login information, please contact Sharon Benamou, VP Membership.

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.) 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, scroll down to the Added Tickets and Products section and click "Continue." Review your information and then click “Continue” to 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 2020' to:

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

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a meeting registration notification email as well as a payment receipt. For payment questions, including how to pay with a non-US/Canada credit card, please contact Holly.

For registration questions, please email Marcie Eskin, Conference Registrar, or call 847-926-7903.

Please note that applications for stipends and scholarships to attend the conference are now available. For more information, go to the CONFERENCE SUPPORT & SCHOLARSHIPS page of the AJL website.



Conference Tickets and Rates 2020

Registration Frequently Asked Questions

Weekly Update #1

Weekly Update #2 Keynote Address

Weekly Update #3 Registration and Support

Weekly Update #4 Feinstein Lecture