International Association of Yiddish Clubs

16th Conference: Yiddish Heroes

Boca Raton FL, November 14-17, 2014


The IAYC 16th conference was at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, located at 5150 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton, Florida. One can make reservations directly with the hotel at 1-800-228-9290.

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Registration for the conference: The cost is $360. Registration covers all meals from dinner Friday through lunch Monday. There are also registration options for

  • Kosher meals (extra charge; see the registration form)
  • Vegetarian or other meal requirements (please send email to to request)
  • No meals (there is a restaurant with vegan options within walking distance)
  • Part-time (speakers plus entertainments)
  • Single entertainment events

Walk-in registration: Payment in cash or check only (no credit cards).

Registration form » Printable flyer »

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Program and room layout »

The theme of the conference is "Yiddish heroes". We honored Troim Katz Bliacher Handler with a Lifetime Achievement Award and an original painting by Alexander Vaisman.

Our Tribute Book honors clubs and individual heroes.


All speakers and performers with biographies »

Our plenary speakers are always a highlight of the conference. This year we are delighted to welcome the following scholars.

The conference includes daily morning and afternoon hour-long breakout sessions: lectures, discussions, and workshops, conducted in Yiddish, English, or a mixture. Our presenters: Dror Abend-David, Claire Rolnik Aloof, Refoyl Finkel, Riva Ginsburg, Etta Gold, Ruth Glasberg Gold, Karen Goodman, Ruth Fisher Goodman, Frank (Fayvl) Handler, Abigail Hirsch, Marlis Humphrey, Genia Kutner, Abraham Luski, Dorothy (Dvoyre) Marden, Naomi Miller, Caren Schnur Neile, Roberta Newman, Jane Peppler, David Presler, Hilda Rubin, Eddie Shraybman, Elizabeth Schwartz, Asya Vaysman Schulman, Yale Strom, Harold Ticktin, Iosif Vaisman, Leon Weissberg, Rochelle (Rekhl) Zucker, Barney Zumoff.

Entertainment is always a high point of our conferences. This year we are proud to present

Other events: In addition to plenary speakers, breakout sessions, entertainment, and meals, we have

  • a Calling All Authors session where attendees can show their own publications (not necessarily Yiddish!)
  • a vendor session with items for sale
  • a hospitality room with chairs and snacks
  • a short shabbos shakharis service, with Torah reading (Haftorah in Yehoash's translation)
  • a tie-in with the Global Day of Jewish Learning logo

Conference committee: Barbara Goldstein, Dorothy (Dvoyre) Marden, Annalee Odessky, Rochelle (Rekhl) Zucker. Local committee: Genia Kutner 561-498-5961, Susan Ganc 561-900-0434.