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Our Next Conference

Where and When

The 18th Annual North American Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, June 7-10, 2020.  The conference begins Sunday evening with a reception followed by sessions running from Monday 8:00am through Wednesday 12:00pm. Following the conference will be a Gamliel Day of Learning (see below). The venue for the conference will be Rodef Shalom Congregation at 4905 Fifth Ave in Pittsburgh.

Kosher meals will be provided, from Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs. We will do everything we can to assure you can eat well at the conference.

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Program Highlights

The conference program is still under development. We will install a link here as soon as the Program Committee completes its work, sharing with you the session design, plenary speakers, and many of the session topics. 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.

Send in your ideas for conference sessions!  Click here for the form to do that. Deadline for suggestions is December 31, 2019.

Gamliel Day of Learning

In addition to the normal conference programming, the Gamliel Institute offers a one-day Day of Learning in conjunction with the conference. This will be Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, and Thursday morning. These sessions include renowned instructors talking on a variety of topics. Permission to attend must be obtained from the Gamliel Dean. For registration information and to request to attend, contact info@jewish-funerals.org.

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Conference Registration Fees

Conference costs generally include the conference registration, dorm, hotel or home hospitality arrangements, and travel. Registration opens January 1st, 2020. The Registration Page shows the conference registration fees and lodging arrangements. Registration fees vary according to how early you register:

  • Advance registration
  • Early registration
  • Regular registration
  • Onsite registration

We also have discounts for multiple members of an organization attending together, discounts for clergy, and daily and commuter rates for those attending specific parts of the conference.

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Hotel Information

The hotel for attendees is the  Shady Side Inn, .6 miles from our venue. It has a 14-passenger shuttle that will run between the hotel and Rodef Shalom. Rooms are suites arranged at the following conference room rates: 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.

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Travel Connections

As details are finalized, this section will display travel arrangements and related information for the conference.

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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 be in touch at your earliest convenience so we can plan on you.  Please contact:

David Zinner, Executive Director
8112 Sea Water Path
Columbia, MD 21045

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