Useful Information


The Rabin Graduate Conference offers research workshops and methodological workshops. Graduate students that wish to present their papers in research workshops are invited to submit paper abstracts (up to 300 words) via the submission form no later than October 15th 2017. Applicants will be notified by November 1, 2017, regarding acceptance of their paper. Papers should be sent to discussants and workshop leaders by December 1, 2017.


Students that wish to participate in methodological workshops, in addition to the research workshops or attending the conference without presenting papers, should fill out the submission form no later than October 15th 2017. Applicants will be notified by November 1, 2017, regarding workshop placements (both research and methodological).




Upon acceptance to the research workshops and/or the methodological workshops, participants are required to fill a registration form [link to the tranzila form] and pay a flat rate of 150 NIS (approx. 42 US$). Registration for the conference should be completed by November 15th, 2017.  After this date, late registration fees might apply.

Accommodation Options

A. The Maiersdorf Faculty Club

The Maiersdorf Faculty Club is located at the center of the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University. Many of the Conference events will be held in the Conference Rooms of the Faculty Club. 

Single room - 350 ILS (approx. US$ 100)

Double room - 440 ILS (approx. US$ 125)

Double room with a view - 480 ILS (approx. US$ 135)

The price includes VAT and breakfast. All rooms come equipped with a bath, television, telephone, mini- refrigerator, coffee corner and free internet access. 

To reserve a room please contact Ms. Danielle Edri and indicate specifically that you are taking part in our conference. 


B. The Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is the Dan Jerusalem Hotel, a ten minute walk from the Mount Scopus campus and a thirty minute walk from the Old City. 

  • Single (Standard) - US$ 150 [excluding VAT]
  • Double - US$ 180 [excluding VAT]
  • Triple - US$ 230 [excluding VAT]

Rates are on a Bed and Breakfast basis, and include access to the spa. 

To reserve a room please contact Mr. Chanoch Wolpe, mention that you are participating in the conference, and note the following details: arrival date, departure date, total number of nights, and the type of room you are interested in (Single/Double/Triple).

Credit card information is needed in order to guarantee reservation.

General conditions: • The above rates are quoted in US Dollars and are per room per night; Rates are applicable for tourists only; • Rates are subject to VAT applicable by the law. For eligibility for VAT waiver ask the reservation department

Cancellation policy: 

  • All cancellations and changes must be made in writing and confirmed by the hotel. 
  • Cancellation up to 7 days prior to date of arrival will not be charged.


C. Other Hotels in Jerusalem 

You can also choose any of the many other hotels and hostels Jerusalem has to offer.

Past conference participants have recommended the "Abraham hostel", with its simple but clean private and shared rooms; it is especially suitable for travellers and students but folks of all ages stay there. It has a friendly and social atmosphere, and is also a short walking distance to the Mahane Yehuda Market and downtown - right next to the tram station (with direct bus lines to the campus). For events such as the conference, students can coordinate and save on lodging by reserving dorms/ shared rooms together. 


Airbnb may be a good option for visitors that are looking for a different and flexible travelling experience. This international internet service allows you to rent a room or a flat of your choice from a variety of locations and living arrangements.

To learn more about your options you can visit the Municipality Tourists Website or other tourist websites such as Go Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Tourist Guide

The conference conveners and sponsors are happy to welcome you to Israel, Jerusalem and the Hebrew University. There are very few places in the world that have such a long history, stimulating and galvanizing present -- and hopefully such as an exciting future ahead. Jerusalem with its old and new, multi-national and multicultural identities will help you to understand Israel, the Middle East and maybe also the challenges that are facing your own country and region as well. We hope you'll find your visit fruitful and that we will have the opportunity to host you here again in the near future.


Practical Tourist Information


  • Dialling code: 972
  • Time zone: GMT + 2 
  • Electricity: 220 Volts AC, 50Hz; unique Israeli three-square-pin plugs (many sockets also accept older two-pronged plugs).
  • Average December temperatures: 8 to 14°C or 47-59 Fahrenheit
  • Currency value (Updated to Aug. 2017):

The New Israeli Shekel is the currency unit of Israel (called Shekel, and marked as; NIS, ILS or ₪);

  • One US dollar is approximately 3.6₪
  • One Euro is approximately 4.3₪
  • One British Pound is approximately 4.75₪


  • Official language: Israel has two official languages: Hebrew & Arabic. Street signs are all translated into the two languages and also into English.


Most of the shops in Jerusalem signed also in English; Most of the restaurants have menus in English, you just need to ask for it; Also the citizens of Jerusalem (and Israel in general) are very warm people, that know basic English, so if you'll ever need any help, largely they'll be happy to, just start with a smile ☺ (and maybe also with "excuse me").


  • Safety & Security: In Israel, it is the norm to have a private security guard at the venues entrances. So, if someone asks you for something at the entrance to some restaurant, know that it is the security guard. All of the private security guards know basic English.


  • Business Hours: The service sector in Jerusalem is open Sunday through Friday.

Sunday to Thursday business hours tend to be as follows:

  • Shops/Restaurants/Attractions: Usually Opening around 09:00 and close around 19:00-20:00.
  • Shopping Malls or Grocery stores: Usually Opening around 09:00 and close around 22:00.
  • Banks: Usually 08:30-13:00 as well as reopening some days of the week from around 16:00-18:00.
  • ATM machines operate 24/7.

On Fridays, most of the service sector and shops close early for Sabbath (Saturday), at around 14:00PM and open again only on Saturdays at around 18:00-19:00PM.


  • Initiatives in Town:
    • Jerusalem Exchange; Jerusalem language exchange program in Abraham Hostels; talk or practice your language/s with local people.
    • Eat With; Dining with local people.
    • CouchSurfing; To stay as a guest at local people's house, at the price of a diner and the willingness to host back.
    • Airbnb; Renting a room or a house from a local.


  • Useful Apps for Visitors in Israel/Jerusalem:
    • Rent a cars, To Rent a car from every location, there's also the possibility to choose to drop off the car at a different location.
    • SkypeWhatsAppWeChat; Free apps that helps you keep in touch with your family and friends.
    • Moovit; Free app that helps you navigate every step of a trip via public transportation.

It shows you where to find your bus stop, gives walking directions from the closest stop to your destination and alerts real-time bus arrival.

  • Google Maps: Free app that helps you navigate every step of a trip.
  • GetTaxi; Free app, easy taxi cab ordering service.
  • Waze; Free app, traffic and navigation app.


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The dream of establishing a "University of the Jewish People" in the Land of Israel formed an integral part of the early Zionist vision. With the acquisition of the Gray Hill estate atop Mount Scopus, and the laying of the cornerstone for the university-to-be in 1918, the realization of the dream was on its way. Seven years later, on April 1, 1925, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was opened at a festive ceremony attended, among others, by leaders of world Jewry including the University's founding father, Dr. Chaim Weizmann.

The First Board of Governors of the University, chaired by Dr. Weizmann, included such luminaries as Albert EinsteinSigmund FreudMartin BuberHarry Sacher and Felix M. Warburg.

The War of Independence in 1948 left the University campus cut off from Israeli west Jerusalem, and alternative facilities were found throughout the city. In 1953, construction began on a new main campus at Givat Ram in the heart of Jerusalem. With the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of June 1967, work began on restoring and expanding the Mount Scopus campus. In 1981, the historical Mount Scopus campus again became the main home of the University. The University has since continued to grow, with the addition of new buildings, establishment of new programs, and recruitment of outstanding scholars, researchers and students, in fulfilment of its commitment to excellence.


More than 24,000 students are enrolled at the University, including 12,000 undergraduates, 7,600 master's degree students, 2,600 doctoral candidates and 800 overseas students at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students, and in certification and other programs.

HU researchers figure at the forefront of international science - from biotechnology and computer science to astrophysics and cancer research, from microbiology to solar energy and genetic engineering, as well as the humanities, including Jewish studies, social sciences and law.

Nearly 40% of all civilian scientific research in Israel is conducted at the Hebrew University. 

About 3,800 research projects are in progress at the University, and 1,500 new projects are started each year. 

The University is home to 100 subject-related and interdisciplinary research centers. 

Almost thirty percent of all doctoral candidates in Israel are enrolled at the Hebrew University. 

Sixteen percent of all the research conducted at the University finds application in high-tech industry. The University sold $12 million of expertise to industry in 2001. 

Jerusalem Tourist Information

Conveners Recommendations for Top Sites in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

  • The Old City:

Religious Sites:

The Armenian, Jewish, Muslim and Christian Quarters, The Hurva Synagogue, Western Wall, Four Sephardic Synagogues, Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, David's Tomb, Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, Ramban Synagogue, Mount Temple (Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Ascension, Dome of the Rock), Via Doloroza, Church of the Condemnation and Imposition of the Cross, Church of Flagellation, Cathedral of St. James, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mosque of Omar, Church of Dominus Flevit, The Holy Trinity church in the Russian Compound, Church of the Multiplication, Dominus Flevit Church, Church of All Nations, Chapel of the Ascension.

Landmarks & Museums: Gai Ben-Hinnom, Tower of DavidCardoWestern Wall Tunnel, Burnt House, Jerusalem Archaeological Park, Davidson Archaeological Garden, Rockefeller Archaeological Museum.

  • The New City:


Israel MuseumScience MuseumBible Lands Museum JerusalemThe Museum For Islamic ArtMuseum on the SeamIsaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court MuseumMuseum of Underground PrisonersHerzl MuseumYad Vashem MuseumGush Katif Museum,.

Israeli Governmental institutions:

KnessetSupreme Court Justices.

Heritage Centers:

The Worldwide North Africa Jewish Heritage CenterHechal-Shlomo – The Jewish Heritage CenterMenachem Begin Heritage Center.

Fun places to visit (Dining, bars, entertainment and shopping):

Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Mamilla Mall, City Center [Ben Yehuda Street, Jaffa Road, King George Street, Cats' Square, Zion Square], Mahane Yehuda Market [food Market by day and entertainment venue (Bars and Restaurants) at night], Cinema City, Gerard Behar Center, Khan Theatre, Zappa Jerusalem, Valley of Rephai, Nachlaot, Liberty Bell Park, Montefiore Windmill, The Ultra-Orthodox Neighborhoods, Malcha Mall.

Tel AvivYitzhak Rabin CenterMini IsraelEretz Israel MuseumPalmach MuseumTel Aviv Museum of ArtBeit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, The Carmel Market, Nachlat Binyamin - The Artists Market, Hayarkon Park, Old Jaffa, Rabin Square.

OtherThe Shrine of Baha'u'llahThe Shrine of the Bab, Qasr al Yahud Baptism Site, Church of the Multiplication, The Museum of Jewish HeritageThe Circassian Heritage CenterEin Hemed National Park, Bar Kochba Caves, Atlit detainee camp, Khirbet Bad-Issa, Bet Alfa Synagogue National Park, Chorazin Synagogue, Sepphoris, Hamat Tiberias.

Travel Information

The Conference is being held at the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Please do not confuse this with The Hebrew University's Givat Ram Campus. 

Arrival to Jerusalem via Ben Gurion Airport

Israel's main entry point for international travellers is the Ben Gurion International Airport. It is situated next to the highway that links Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (Highway 1). Travel from the airport to downtown Jerusalem generally takes 40-90 minutes, depending upon traffic conditions. 

Travel from the airport to Jerusalem is fairly easy:

Buses to Jerusalem:  Direct bus line (Line Route 485) from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem Central Bus Station operated by  Afikim Bus Co-operative. Buses leave the airport every Hour, 24 hours a day (Note that there are different schedules for Friday and Saturday); tickets can be bought on the bus (approx. 5€ or 6$, takes a max. of 1 hour). The bus stop is outside the airport arrivals building, opposite parking lot number one. 

Taxi: A taxi to Jerusalem Central Bus Station has a fixed price and cost about 320 Shekels (approx. 90€ or 95$, generally takes 40 minutes).

Shuttle: The Shuttle Taxis (called ‘Sherut’ in Hebrew: Nesher Tours) cost much less, usually about 65 Shekels (approx. 16€ or 18$), and are relatively convenient. After waiting to fill up (which might take a while), the driver will drop everyone off at their exact address (generally takes 140 minutes, but with the waiting might take a little more). 

Rail connection from the Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station is available to all other parts of the country EXCEPT Jerusalem, and is located in the lower level of the international terminal. From this station, passengers may head north-west to Tel Aviv, Haifa and other destinations in the north, or south-east to Modi'in. The journey to Tel Aviv Savidor Central Railway Station takes about 18 minutes and costs 13.50 NIS (approx. 3€ or 4$). The service does not operate on Saturday and Jewish holidays. The line to Haifa through Tel-Aviv runs 24 hours a day. From Tel Aviv Savidor Central Railway Station you can take bus No. 480 to Jerusalem Central Bus Station. The cost is roughly 20 Shekel (approx. 6€ or 7$, generally takes 60-90 minutes).

Orientation within the Mount Scopus Campus 

Travel Information [Hebrew & English]

Departure via Ben Gurion Airport

It is advisable to allow for at least an additional 2.5 hours in addition to your pre-flight check-in time to ensure timely arrival and sufficient time to complete security procedures.