Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST

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The American Jewish Archives 
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

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Lisa B Frankel 
American Jewish Archives 

The 42nd Annual Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference


November 3-5, 2017

at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the AMERICAN JEWISH ARCHIVES

The conference fee of $155/person includes Friday lunch/dinner and Saturday lunch and the Friday Jewish bus tour of Cincinnati.  Saturday night’s cultural event will feature Rabbi Ken Kanter (author of Tin Pan Alley)  who will present:  Is it True What They Sing About Dixie and will be held at Hebrew Union College.

Conference registrants must be members of the SJHS. If you are not a member or wish to renew, please do so at the SJHS website:


Pre-Conference:  Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Optional Tour for $15/person - bus transportation provided from the hotel)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River from slave states, was a center of the Underground Railroad. The Freedom Center explores the complex role this border town played in the days of slavery, and exposes modern day slavery and the human trafficking industry.  A museum guide will lead visitors through the center’s From Slavery to Freedom exhibit which begins with

the violent and chaotic slave markets in the 16th century. As you move through three centuries of slavery in America, your guide will offer details about the slaves’ daily lives, the economic implications of a slavery  economy, and the growth of abolitionist societies. On your guided tour, you will also encounter a Kentucky slave pen, which was taken apart and rebuilt on the museum’s second floor.

After the guided tour, you may choose to explore the Escape Gallery which presents hands on activities and testimonies of runaways and conductors on the Underground Railroad. You can also witness the crisis of modern day slavery and the inspiring hope of survivors in the Invisible: Slavery Today exhibit.  Finally, examine your place in promoting freedom and equality by investigating your own implicit biases in the Open Your Mind exhibit.

Post conference:  Going Beyond Memory — AJA’s Synagogue Archiving Conference (Optional $95/person) 

Sunday, November 5 @ 12:30 p.m. to Monday,  November 6, @ 4:00 p.m.

Featured speaker:  Dina Herbert, National Archives & Records Admin.

Interact with professional archivists

Learn how to create and sustain an archive or organization

Bring American Jewish history to life in your community

Discover how to enhance educational programs

Whether you are a novice or a professional, this conference will provide you with hands-on experience in organizing a variety of materials including documents, photos, video, audio, digital materials and inaccessible old-format materials such as reel-to-reel tapes, beta-format video, and computer disks.

We will also provide examples and suggestions for using these archival materials to enhance activities in your community.