Program and Schedule

                 You can now search the Conference program in the PROGRAM tab, Detailed Program!! 

The Conference app is available and you can begin to select your schedule for the week. Below are some guidelines:

If you've never used the IAJGS app before, please download the app from your respective app store, then download the Israel conference from the show list and begin using it.

If you used the app at a previous IAJGS conference, we have a few instructions for you to make it go more smoothly.

  1. Please make sure you have the latest version of the app. Most users probably let the apps update automatically. If you don't, please udpate the app from the app store before downloading the 2015 event. 
  2. If you are manually updating the app, before you download it, be sure to use the option to "Email All Notes" to yourself, found under the gear icon next to "Dashboard". Also email to yourself any other documents you may have downloaded from within the app. The app is supposed to save your data, but we've already seen one device lose all of its old info with the latest update, so be safe.
  3. We use a multi-show app, so all of the conferences are found under a single app called IAJGS. If you are viewing the Boston or SLC show, you will need to "Exit to Show List" to find Israel. SLC has been updated with a button on the main dashboard to make it easier. Otherwise, use the gear icon next to "Dashboard" to find that function.

Once you've got the Israel app, feel free to add Events to your Schedule, peruse the Attendee list, and add your Profile (under the gear icon, if you can't find it elsewhere) to connect with other attendees. We expect to be adding more information over the next month.

As always, the Schedule is subject to change, and we will continue to update it in the app, but in general, most events will stay as they are now.

In addition to smartphones and tablets, the app can be used on any computer from <>. In order to use many features, you will have to create an account so the app will remember who you are and your settings. This login is strictly for the app; your conference login will not work. But once you have created an account, you can use this version of the app on any computer. Just remember to log out when using a public computer.

Please note that some of the functions of the app have a delay. You might especially notice if you set up a Profile and then you do not appear in the Attendees list immediately. Please know that this function does work, but it could take 15 minutes, hopefully not more than that. You may need to hit the sync button.

The following is a basic timeline:

It is possible to sign up for a "Breakfast with the Experts" (on the Registration Form). These will be held in the hotel dining rooms Tuesday through Friday from 7 - 8 am. Advance Registration is required (deadline July 1).

The lectures begin each morning at 8:15 and change each hour until we break for lunch at noon.

SIG lunches will be from 12:30 to 14:00. Registration can now be done on the Registration Form. 

Lectures resume at 14:00, change each hour and will run until 18:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

The program on Friday will begin at 8:15 and conclude at noon.

Special evening programs: Monday - Opening Keynote lecture followed by reception (20:00); Tuesday - "A Taste of Jerusalem" (19:30); Wednesday - minimal programming (19:30); Thursday - Gala Banquet (20:00)


We are almost ready for you to register for your choice of activity on Tuesday evening. Please consider the following options:

1. An ethnic experience at the Darna restaurant -   As written by the owners of Darna:

Darna, our home in Moroccan, is a dream-come-true, not just for myself and for the Moroccan community in Israel, but for all those who dream about a true peace between ourselves and our neighbors. From its inception, Darna has done everything possible to fulfill its commitment to preserve the culture of Moroccan hospitality, from its culinary excellence to our warm welcome in the spirit of the Maghreb.

Everyone who enters Darna will experience the essence of traditional Moroccan hospitality in all its glory, an essence that spreads its wings over the restaurant, and those who come under its roof derive pleasure from its beauty and its delicacies. With the blessing of Darna Darcum, Our Home is Your Home.

Darna restaurant, located in a beautiful 200 year old building in the heart of Jerusalem, brings us the story of Moroccan hospitality as it was woven over thousands of years, from the endless spaces of the Sahara through Tichka and Tudra to the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

A journey in space, in time and in taste, fingerprints of the people and tribes that conquered Morocco and were conquered by the magic of its delicacies. Darna is an authentic Moroccan Restaurant, Glatt Kosher

The rich menu served in Darna offers a wide variety of dishes accumulated over time, creating a unique culinary tapestry. The dishes are witness to the influences of the local Berber tribes, wandering Arab tribes and the Spanish Moors. All left their mark on the Moroccan cuisine.

If you're looking for something different, this is the place to go. A real experience - authentic decorations, good service and tasty food.

2. The Sound and Light show at the Jaffa Gate of the Old City - As decribed in the Jerusalem Municapality information:

The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for this nigh time show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images.

The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.

Innovative techniques and a sophisticated computer system operate 20 projectors, 10 video players, 14 computers and 14 loudspeakers. The Night Spectacular, the first of its kind in the world, is for everyone – tourists from Israel and abroad, families, speakers of all languages and all Jerusalem lovers.

A 45-minute light-and-sound display using the walls beneath the Tower of David as a backdrop, but a simple written description doesn't really do the concept justice. Be sure to dress warm!!

3. A guided visit at the Begin Museum - as told by the Museum and impressions of visitors:

In recent years a variety of museums have opened up making use of modern technology and telling an important story in a manner that really makes an impact. The Begin Center is just such a museum.

A touching place which tells the story of Israel sixth prime minister from boyhood till the end of his life. You can be either right wing or left wing and still be touched by a humble and modest man, a leader that only his people's interest stands in front of him.

The story is presented through movies describing important stages in his life together with private and authentic belongings. The museum at the Menachem Begin Centre does a brilliant job using a mixture of modern technology and archive material .This is a definite must do for anyone interested in Israel's history.

The Center is accessible to wheelchair users and has Handicapped toilet. 

4. A guided walking tour of the Emek Refaim area of Jerusalem - as mentioned in tourism suggestions:

Emek Refaim Street is the heart of Jerusalem’s German Colony the city’s most fashionable neighborhood, just a few minutes from the heart of downtown modern and ancient Jerusalem. The street represents a segment of Jerusalem culture and society – modern in nature within an ultimately historic and religious city, and is lined with restaurants, cafes, and boutique stores within the German Templar style buildings characterizing the area. A unique neighborhood in a unique city.

The German Colony, HaMoshava HaGermanit in Hebrew, was established in the second half of the 19th century by members of the German Temple Society. One of many colonies across the land of Israel, the Jerusalem neighborhood is characterized by mansions built in Ottoman, Bauhaus, and Templar styles and now often divided into expensive apartments.

Emek Refaim Street is probably the trendiest street in the whole of Jerusalem – an oasis of modern and almost Tel Aviv-esque culture among conservative Jerusalem. The street is lined with fashionable boutiques and cafes, and there is even a cinema in the back in one of the restaurants just off the street. The street regularly closes to traffic and hosts events, ranging from book fairs to markets.

Your chance to get to know a special area of Jerusalem.

5. A guided walking tour of the "Government area" of Jerusalem - from tourism materials

Close to the Ramada Hotel is the Government of Israel hub of offices and special buildings – the Knesset, the Supreme Court, the Bank of Israel, the Foreign Office and more. This area also has cultural spots as well – Cinema City, the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum to mention a few.

Cinema City Jerusalem, which opened the end of February 2014, is the largest entertainment and cultural center in Jerusalem measuring in at 20,000 square meters and including eight floors, 19 movie theaters, including themed theaters, an indoor mall with dozens of restaurants, cafes and stores, a theater for plays, a hall for conferences, a cinema museum and many other attractions.

Bible City - The Bible City exhibits 62 stories of the Bible, including the creation of the world, the binding of Isaac and Jacob’s ladder, as installations standing in an area of 4,400 square meters.

One of the most impressive installations is Noah’s Ark which is the biggest of its kind in the world, measuring at 30 meters length, 10 meter width and six meters tall. In the ark are pairs of many of the animals that alighted the ark, all at their natural sizes.

A wonderful opportunity to learn about Israel and what makes the country “tick”.