The Conference will be held at the Renaissance Jerusalem Hotel, which is located near the entrance to the city on the main artery leading to every section of Jerusalem. The Hotel is near the Israel Museum, Bible Lands Museum, Science Museum, Jewish National and University Library and its archives, the Israeli Parliament and other places of interest.
The Renaissance Jerusalem Hotel is glatt-Kosher. It offers a high level of comfort and service with its spacious public facilities including swimming pool and 650 luxurious rooms and suites.
The Organizing Committee has reserved rooms at the Conference venue, which will be offered to the participants at special reduced rates between June 27, 2004 and July 17, 2004 when ordered via the Conference Secretariat, Ortra Ltd.

The official language of the Conference is English. A few lectures will be in Hebrew, with simultaneous translation to English. For Hebrew only speakers, simultaneous translation for selected lectures from English to Hebrew will be provided; some lectures will be presented in both languages.

The official airline for the conference is El-Al. Participants and accompanying companions will be offered special discounted fares.

Climate and Clothing
Temperatures in Jerusalem in July range between 19 - 28°C / 66 - 88°F. Do not expect rain! Dress will be informal throughout the Conference. In addition, modest dress appropriate for visits to religious sites is recommended.

Pre and Post – Conference Tours
Pre and Post-Conference tours in Israel will be arranged for interested participants. Please see the Travel, Tours and Accommodation Page. Take special note of the genealogical post-Conference tour to Safed.

The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) commonly known as the Shekel. Approximate currency rates as of March 2004 are as follows:

US $ 1 = NIS 4.50   NIS 1 = US $ 0.22
Euro € 1 = NIS 5.50   NIS 1 = Euro € 0.18
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.

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

More Information about Israel on the Internet see the following web sites:
Ministry of Tourism:
Jerusalem’s Official Site:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: