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Our Upcoming Conference

The Board of Directors of Kavod v’Nichum has chosen to respond to this time by being adaptable yet prepared for an uncertain future. We are considering various formats for our historically in-person conference that was held entirely online in 2020. It is very possible we will have a hybrid conference in 2021 that obtains the best of both – part in-person and part online – so we all win! This page will be updated once decisions are made as to how we will handle the 2021 conference event.

Where and When

You are invited to attend the 19th Annual North American Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference.  Please note that no decisions have been made yet as to how this event will happen, however, it is very possible that we will hold the event in Pittsburgh, PA, in June 2021.  It might be an in-person event, an online event, or a hybrid of both. The in-person conference format might begin on Sunday and run through Wednesday, with a Gamliel Day of Learning on Thursday. The days and dates of the conference have not yet been finalized. If we hold the conference in Pittsburgh, the venue for the conference will be Rodef Shalom Congregation at 4905 Fifth Ave in Pittsburgh.

Kosher meals will be provided if we have an in-person event.

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Program Highlights

The conference program is still being finalized. The conference program from 2020 can be viewed here, and to get a deeper idea of the variety of programming sessions we include in these conferences, please visit the Previous Conferences page, where you can see program overviews from most of the previous conferences.


Poster Session Participation

This year’s conference includes Poster Sessions. Come share your ideas! The posters will be mostly unattended but viewable by attendees throughout the conference, with two 1-hour attended sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings for live interactions with the authors.  For more information about our Conference Poster Sessions and how to submit your topic for a poster display, click here.


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Conference Registration

Conference registration is not yet open.  To request scholarship funding to attend the conference, please fill in the Scholarship Request form.

Please note that if we hold an online conference, the fee structure will change. Here is an example of how an in-person conference fee schedule might look. The 2021 fee schedule has NOT been finalized yet. Note that the chart below includes 2020 pricing – all fees are subject to change for 2021.


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Hotel Information

The hotel for the conference is the  Shady Side Inn, .6 miles from our session venue. It has a 14-passenger shuttle that will run between the hotel and Rodef Shalom. For 2020 we arranged rooms at the following conference room rates (the 2021 rates may be different): Single – $119 plus tax = $136; Double – $129 plus tax = $147. Two-Bedroom Suites feature a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, as well as a second bedroom with single or double twins.

If you are interested in home hospitality, please submit a Home Hospitality Request.


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Travel Connections

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Pittsburgh! More information will be forthcoming about getting to Pittsburgh and about getting from the airport to Squirrel Hill/Shadyside (the East End of town) where the conference will be held. As you are planning your flights, arrival, and departure, go to flypittsburgh.com for all kinds of information about the Pittsburgh International Airport.

There are several ways to get from the airport to the venue (historic Rodef Shalom Congregation) and the conference hotel (Shadyside Inn) which are only .5 miles apart in the Shadyside neighborhood. The least expensive form of ground transportation is the Port Authority’s 28X bus that leaves from the airport every 30 minutes from about 4:30AM through midnight from right outside baggage claim and costs $2.75 (cash only) for the trip into the city. It takes about 50 minutes and there are stops near Rodef Shalom and the hotel. See this link for the bus schedule. You will be getting off at the Morewood Ave-past-Forbes stop if you are going to Rodef and at the Fifth-Ave-past-S.-Aiken stop if you are going to the hotel. Each of these stops is only a 1 block or so walk to your destination.

Lyft and Uber also service the airport. A trip into the Squirrel Hill/Shadyside neighborhoods costs from about $32-$40, depending on time of day. There are also taxis available outside of baggage claim and may cost about the same as Lyft/Uber.

Unfortunately, the Super Shuttle no longer services the airport.

There may be more options as the time gets closer. Check back as the conference date approaches for more info.

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Bookstore and Exhibit Information

We will be having a bookstore at the conference in which you can sell books, artwork, and related items. In addition we will have an exhibit area. If you wish to participate in this part of the conference, either as a seller or exhibitor, please fill in the Vendor Request Form.

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We are delighted to list the following generous organizations as partial sponsors of this year’s conference:


UPMC Charitable Giving Committee




Jewish Healthcare Foundation



D’Allessandro Funeral Home


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