Sunday, December 15, 9 AM – 12:15 PM, Sapphire Green Room (4th Floor)
$40 (includes a copy of Mira Sucharov's book, Public Influence: A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement)
Registration deadline: November 15
This workshop will guide you through the ins and outs of op-ed writing and social media engagement. Led by Mira Sucharov, co-editor of AJS Perspectives, co-chair of the Jewish Politics Division and author of Public Influence: A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement (University of Toronto Press, 2019), this workshop will show you how to translate your research into prescriptive arguments, how to find your way into an ongoing public conversation, how to identify the right outlet, how to pitch your ideas, how to structure and style the piece, and how to manage the ensuing conversation—including analyzing the contemporary social media dynamics of outrage culture, tone policing and virtue signaling in the context of variously scholarly, institutional, and grassroots communities.
Prior to the November 15th registration deadline, refunds are subject to a $10 cancellation fee. After November 15, refunds will no longer be available (except in the event that the workshop is cancelled).
Sunday, December 15, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Aqua 313 (3rd Floor)
Learn how the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of N. America (YAAANA) promotes Yiddish language and culture through artistic and academic events in California and in North America broadly.
Sunday, December 15, 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM, Sapphire Ballroom CDGH (4th Floor)
The 2019 plenary features Professor David Nirenberg in conversation with Professor Lila Corwin Berman discussing the topic “Does the History of Antisemitism Tell Us Anything about Its Future?” The program will also include the announcement of the 2019 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards. Seating at the plenary is limited and will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.
Sunday, December 15, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM Exhibit Hall, Sapphire Ballroom AB, EF, IJ, MN (4th Floor)
Made possible by funding from Jordan Schnitzer and Arlene Schnitzer through the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.
Sunday, December 15, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM Aqua Salon D (3rd Floor)
Directed by Sameh Zoabi, Israel/Luxemburg, 2018, in Hebrew and Arabic w/English subtitles, 97 minutes.
Winner of top prizes at the Haifa and Venice film festivals, writer-director Sameh Zoabi’s satire follows Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man whose creative career is on the rise on a Palestinian TV soap opera, Tel Aviv on Fire, popular with both Israelis and Palestinians. Salam’s daily commute from the Ramallah TV set through the Israeli checkpoint leads to regular encounters with the IDF officer in charge, until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle, concocting plot twists to please all sides.
Introduced by Dalit Katz, Wesleyan University.
Distributor’s contact information: Cohen Media
Sunday, December 15, 8:45 PM – 9:30 PM Aqua Salon D (3rd Floor)
Directed by Dorit Naaman, Canada/Israel/Palestine, 2016, in English, Hebrew, Arabic w/English subtitles, 30 minutes out of 120 minutes.
Jerusalem, We Are Here is an interactive documentary that digitally brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Focusing primarily on the neighborhood of Katamon, the film introduces Palestinians and their descendants as they probe their families’ past. This award-winning documentary consists of several self-guided virtual tours of the neighborhood as it is today and as it was in 1948, weaving together testimonies, memories, documents, and maps. Embedded in these tours are short, poetic videos imbued with nostalgia, sorrow, and fleeting returns that offer a model for digital witnessing.
Introduced by Olga Gershenson, University of Massachusetts–Amherst.
Film is open access: info.jerusalemwearehere.com
Sunday, December 15, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM Aqua Salon D (3rd Floor)
Directed by Michelle Paymar, Canada, 2018, in English, 92 minutes.
In 1896, when Solomon Schechter entered the genizah of an ancient synagogue in Cairo, he discovered a vast treasure trove of manuscripts that revolutionized our understanding of 1,000 years of vibrant Jewish life in the heart of the Islamic world. Over half a million of these documents included religious texts, medical prescriptions, love letters, marriage contracts, and children’s school lessons—a veritable Facebook of the Middle Ages. This extraordinary documentary is the first to explore the Geniza, exposing audiences to the rich, complex world it reveals, and introducing us to the scholarship that emerged from this unique discovery.
Introduced by filmmaker Michelle Paymar; Q&A following the screening.
Distributor’s contact information: cairotothecloud.com
Monday, December 16, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Exhibit Hall (4th Floor)
Sponsored by Jewish Book Council's Sami Rohr Prize
Join us in celebrating AJS members who have published books in 2019. Open to all conference registrants.
Monday, December 16, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Indigo 202 (2nd Floor)
Open to all attendees.
So, you think you have everything in order should something bad happen to you? That's great but even those who have put time and effort into their estate planning tend to end up with lots of loose ends that can unravel the best laid plans. In this session, we will examine some of the most common problem areas including retirement account and insurance policy beneficiaries, providing for your children's welfare, health care directives, wills and trusts, passwords and safe deposit boxes, and taking inventory of personal property. Bring your questions about any aspect of financial planning as we will leave time for Q&A.
Monday, December 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Directed Roberta Grossman, USA, 2018, in English, 95 minutes.
This film, based on Samuel Kassow’s 2007 book, tells the story of Oyneg Shabes (The Joys of Shabbat), the secret archive that documented the life of Warsaw Ghetto. Historian Emanuel Ringelblum assembled journalists, scholars, and artists imprisoned in the ghetto, who collected thousands of pages of eyewitness accounts, drawings, posters, and poems from daily life during the Holocaust. They sealed the archive in containers and buried it beneath buildings not long before the ghetto was burned and nearly all its inhabitants murdered. Who Will Write Our History, scheduled for national broadcast in 2020, features the voices of Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody.
Introduced by Samuel Kassow; Q&A session with filmmaker Roberta Grossman following the screening.
Distributor Contact information: whowillwriteourhistory.com
Monday, December 16, 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Directed by Eric Barbier, France, 2017, in French w/ English subtitles, 131 minutes.
Based on the acclaimed autobiographical novel by Romain Gary, this epic drama is a coming-of-age portrait of the writer born Roman Kacew in 1914 Vilna. Gary is shown as a Jewish boy raised by his determined, passionate, and ingenious mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who never lets him forget that his mission is to become a great writer. Indeed, Gary became a celebrated novelist and the only writer to have twice won the Goncourt Prize for French literature. Beyond his literary accomplishments, he was a World War II aviator, a diplomat, a filmmaker, and the husband of Jean Seberg.
Introduced by Catherine Portuges, University of Massachusetts–Amherst.
Film Distributor information: menemshafilms.com
Wednesday, December 18, 9 am – 2 pm
$50 (a limited number of $35 seats are available for graduate students and low-income participants on a first-come basis)
Registration deadline: November 15
NOTE: This trip will only run if at least 20 people sign up by November 15.
Join AJS and Border Angels as we visit Friendship Park, located on the border between San Diego and Tijuana. You will be able to experience and learn about the history of the wall. Participants will be able to learn about immigration laws and learn about the myths and reality of the Border Life.
Be sure to bring documents verifying U.S. residence and wear comfortable closed-toed shoes as it is over a mile walk on sand.
This trip will only run if 20 or more people sign up by November 15.
The bus will leave from the Hilton Bayfront lobby at 9am on Wednesday, December 18 and return at approximately 2pm.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Prior to the November 15th registration deadline, refunds are subject to a $10 cancellation fee. After November 15, refunds will no longer be available (except in the event that the trip is cancelled).