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The official language of the Symposium is English.


Dress code in Israel is quite informal. An acceptable dress code for the Batsheva Seminar is "Business Casual" , no jacket and tie are required just a buttoned shirt. The field trip and subsequent course will be entirely casual, requiring light hiking shoes and hats.


Ben Gurion International Airport (BGIA), located just off the road linking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is one of the busiest airports in the Middle East. Many major international airlines arrive at and depart from BGIA with increasing frequency.

Climate and Weather

The Seminar takes place at the end of spring season in Israel. Temperature averages between about 14 °C (56 °F) at night to 24 °C (77 °F)  during the day. However, weather during this season is somewhat unpredictable and temperatures may vary from this average by about 5 °C (10 °F).  During the field trip in southern Israel we may encounter even more significant temperature variations and strong direct radiation of the sun.
Weather forecast may be found for example in:
Where the weather in Caesarea can be approximated between that in Tel Aviv and Haifa, and the weather during the field trip can be approximated between that of Ein-Gedi and Arad. 


The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) commonly known as the Shekel.
For currency exchange rates please click here.
There are no restrictions on transfer and use of foreign currencies in Israel.
Most international credit cards are accepted.


Electricity in Israel is supplied at 220V, 50Hz and has a three-pin connecting plug (type C and type H).

Value Added Tax Reimbursement

According to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law, a foreign tourist is able to benefit from a zero rate of VAT on a vast array of services obtained during a stay in Israel. In addition, a special arrangement exists whereby a tourist may also request a VAT refund on purchases made during a stay.
For more details please visit the official website of the Ministry of Finance, Israeli Department of Customs and VAT.


All international symposium participants are eligible to enter Israel. Citizens of North American, Western European and many Asian and South American countries need only a valid passport in order to be admitted entry to Israel. Please note that your passport have to have a minimum of 6 months validity prior your arrival to Israel.
It is recommended to verify visa requirements with the Israeli Embassy in your country. Individuals residing in countries without diplomatic relations with Israel should write to the Secretariat no later than three months prior to the Conference, giving their full name, date and place of birth, nationality, passport number, dates of issue and expiry, place of issue, flight number, point of departure and arrival date and time.