ITW 2015

Local Arrangements

Visas to Israel

To find out whether you require a visa to Israel, please consult the web page of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

If you require a visa, please contact the conference secretary Suzie Eid as soon as possible, to request an invitation letter.


International flights land at the Ben Gurion Intl. Airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv. The airport is 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Tel Aviv, and  50 km (31 miles) northwest of Jerusalem.

Airport Procedures

Security checks when arriving and departing may at times include questions regarding the purpose of visit. Carrying a letter, which includes the phone number of a local contact, may assist in expediting the process. If you wish to obtain such a letter, please contact the conference secretary Suzie Eid.

Time and Currency

Local time in Israel is GMT + 2 hours.
Local currency is NIS (New Israeli Shekel), more commonly referred to as Shekel. Value is around $0.25 per Shekel.

Getting to Jerusalem from the Ben-Gurion Airport

The best way to get to Jerusalem is by taxi. Collective service taxis, run by “Nesher”, cost 41 NIS per person to a central alighting station in Jerusalem, 69 NIS to any address in the city. These taxis leave when they get filled. A regular taxi to Jerusalem will cost around 250-300 NIS per ride. Getting to Jerusalem by bus/train is rather involved. Note that between Friday afternoon to Saturday evening there is almost no public transportation in Israel (but taxis are still available).


The Mishkenot Sha’ananim Convention Center


Mishkenot Sha’ananim st.

Area Map

ITW map

For a more detailed map of Jerusalem go to this link. You can zoom to the venue area and the old city.


Given the central location of the workshop venue, free parking options are extremely limited. A map with free parking options will be added TBA.

Some options:

At the nearby HaPa’amon Garden, there is one metered lot and one free parking lot.
On Derech Hevron, there is a free parking lot across the street from Mt. Zion Hotel.
On Derech Beit Lechem, there is free parking along the street and on crossing streets.
Metered parking is also available at Mishkenot Sha’ananim.

Note: a blue and white curb indicates that parking is metered. Parking is free along an unpainted curb.


Picture of Mishkenot Sha’ananim: