A Shabbat experience for everyone attending the Jerusalem International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Friday afternoon at the Machane Yehuda market is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience for market browsers and tourists alike. Experience the fragrance of exotic herbs and spices used in Middle Eastern cuisine, taste some of the unusual foods and drinks or just window-shop along the many tangled, crowded aisles. Don’t forget to look for the rugelach and challah! Then, back to the hotel.

Preparation for Shabbat will be followed by a special Shabbat meal and lecture by our Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin (see bio below).

On Saturday, we will have several options including attending traditional Shabbat services or taking a guided walking tour in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood.

In the afternoon we will have a chance to explore the Israel Museum, an easy walk from the Ramada Hotel followed by a lecture by Devora Netzer on King Herod in Israel at the hotel.

Experience the end of Shabbat on your own, in town or in the Mamilla area, and meet Israelis who shop, eat and enjoy the evening while welcoming the new week.

We look forward to welcoming you and to sharing this Shabbat together in Jerusalem.

Shabbaton Schedule:

Friday, July 3

2 pm - Greet & Meet in front of the hotel Business Center

2:30-5:00 pm - Tour of Machane Yehuda

Kabbalat Shabbat options - services at the hotel, Moreshet Yisrael (Conservative), 4 Agron, 6:45 pm; Har El (Reform), 16 Shmuel Hanagid, 6 pm; Kol Haneshama (Reform), 1 Asher St., 6:30 pm.

8 pm - Shabbat Dinner (look for our section in the Jonathan Hall)

9 pm - Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin "Jewish Autobiographies as a Source for Jewish History". (Delila Hall across from Jonathan Hall)


Saturday, July 4

6:30-10:30 am - Breakfast Buffet - Queen of Sheba Hall

Shabbat morning services - the hotel, Moreshet Yisrael, 8:30 am; Har El, 9:30 am; Kol Haneshama, 9:15 am

9:30 am - Walking Tour of Kiryat Moshe neighborhood

1 pm - Lunch - Jonathan Hall

2 pm - Leave for Israel Museum

2:30 - 5:00 pm - Israel Museum Guided Tour

5:30 pm - lecture on King Herod in Israel by Dvora Netzer - Delila Hall

Evening free to explore Jerusalem

The cost of the Shabbaton is $250.

Shabbaton Cancellation Policy

Refund of payments made towards Shabbaton will be refunded if written notification reaches Ortra Ltd, the Conference Planner as follows:
•    Until June 25, 2015 – full refund
•    From June 26, 2015 – No refund


Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin

Rabbi David Golinkin was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. He made aliyah in 1972, earning a B.A. in Jewish History and two teaching certificates from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received an M.A. in Rabbinics and a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he was also ordained as Rabbi. Rabbi Golinkin is the author or editor of 49 books.

Prof. Golinkin is President and Professor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. For twenty years he served as Chair of the Va’ad Halakhah (Law Committee) of the Rabbinical Assembly which writes responsa and gives halakhic guidance to the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel. He is the founder and Director of the Institute of Applied Halakhah at The Schechter Institute whose goal is to publish a library of halakhic literature for the Conservative and Masorti Movements. He is also the Director of the Center for Women in Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute whose goal is to publish responsa and books by and about women in Jewish law.

In June 2014, Rabbi Golinkin was named by The Jerusalem Post, as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world.