Online Conference Workshop and Speaker Information
This is to formally thank you for agreeing to teach and sharing your wisdom at the 18th Annual North American Kavod v’Nichum Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference, June 7-10, 2020, held this year online.
We encourage you to register for the conference at your earliest convenience.
Required Session Information (Please Read This!)
The conference includes an online conference program describing all of the sessions and their speakers. For this program, we request that speakers please fill out this form, through which you can give us the specifics of your session. Please complete this form as soon as possible to help make our editing job easier, and certainly no later than April 19th, 2020. This form will ask you to provide the following information:
- Speaker name – your name exactly as you wish it to be listed
- Speaker biography (100-150 words)
- Speaker head-shot photo (emailed separately to rlight@Jewish-Funerals.org), color photo preferred
- For each session you are teaching:
- Session title
- Session description – a short overview of what you will cover in the session (100-150 words)
Conference Session Structure and Nature
To give you the scope of the landscape, here is an overview of the nature and flow of our past in-person conferences. In-person conference programs usually include pre-conference events, a post-conference Day of Learning, and the conference sessions themselves, which include plenary sessions and workshops. You can see past year’s programs here.
This year’s program will be similar to our usual in-person design, however it will be smaller and tailored to an online schedule for attendees whose time zones spread across North America. Click here to see the preliminary online conference program (with names removed until finalized).
One obvious difference from in-person conferences this year will be that all sessions will be taught using Zoom. If you are not familiar with this online meeting platform, please see Zoom.us, or contact us for a quick overview. Zoom allows us to see each other, mute or unmute participants, display and share our own screens, communicate via a live chatroom during the meeting, and more.
The current conference design includes plenary sessions. Usually plenary sessions are an hour to an hour and a half in length (including Q&A at the end). Plenary speakers are introduced prior to speaking. This year’s plenaries will be one-hour sessions.
Workshops make up the bulk of the conference experience. As you can see if you look at some of the previous conference program layouts, workshop sessions are usually divided into tracks focusing on specific topic areas. Not all workshops in a track are limited to the track topic – this work is simply too complex, and many sessions overlap multiple track arenas. Each workshop is an hour in length, with an occasional conference structure allowing for some workshops to be longer.
The conference also includes Poster Sessions, in which attendees can share innovations, new books, ideas, and research with attendees. If you would like to present an online poster, please fill out the Poster Participation Form.
Speakers may also sell books or art or other items in the Online Conference Bookstore. If you wish to sell in the Bookstore, please fill out the Vendor Participation Request Form.
Questions or Concerns
Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or additional information to provide us about your session or the conference in general.
Rick Light, Program Coordinator
Conference Online Session Details Form
Please email a color speaker head-shot photograph to rlight@Jewish-Funerals.org in addition to completing the form below.