EUPJ Biennial Conference Geneva

Geneva: Switzerland 30th Apr 2020

Welcome

We are pleased that you are about to book your place at the next EUPJ Biennial Conference which takes place in Geneva from Thursday 30 April to Sunday 3 May 2020. This conference offers everyone the opportunity to learn and pick up new ideas, gain information on subjects of interest and to enjoy a warm Jewish community with internationally acknowledged speakers and in-depth workshops on topics that will be of interest to you as an individual as well as your community. In addition, there will be services to lift your spirits, tours which will highlight the rich and diverse culture of Geneva, late night entertainment, and the opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones from fellow delegates from across the world.

Register now – Don’t miss out on the Conference you will remember for years to come!

Welcome to Geneva and let the Conference begin!

Hotels

We have been able to secure rooms at two well-appointed Geneva Hotels. Both hotels are available for conference delegates. Guests at both hotels will be offered free coach transfers between the conference venues at the InterContinental Hotel, Synagogue, and the Ivan Pictet Conference Centre. Click here for transfer arrangements.

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
7-9 Chemin du Petit Saconnex, 1209 Geneva Switzerland

Ideally located in an oasis of calm near the United Nations, several Museums, the Botanical Garden and 10 minutes by public transport from the city and the airport, this lush 18-story showcase overlooks the lake, Mont Blanc and the city of Geneva, offering incomparable views. It will be home to the EUPJ Conference, Geneva 2020.

This icon of luxury, welcomes you in a “zen” atmosphere. Its 333 guest rooms, including 56 suites are elegantly designed for comfort and relaxation.

During your stay you will benefit from a complimentary Geneva public transport card. Click here for more details.

At the hotel everything is thought out to make your stay unforgettable, from the excellence of hospitality to the relaxation and well-being facilities including a 400 m² Spa by Clarins which offers a complete set of beauty and massage treatments. The health and fitness centre is accessible 24 hours.

EUPJ has arranged preferential rates for hotel rooms from 28 April to 5 May (including the pre/post tour dates).

CHF 250 per night single or double occupancy (excluding breakfast)
CHF 275 per night single occupancy including breakfast
CHF 305 per night double occupancy including breakfast

City tax will be charged at 4.75 CHF per person, per night.

Check in: 16:00 with a valid credit card
Check out: 12:00
Late check out: 13:00 – complimentary. 13:00 until 18:00: 50% of full rate
Parking: CHF 36 per day /CHF 3 per hour

Reservations can be made using the following links:
EUPJ – InterContinental Excluding Breakfast
EUPJ – InterContinental Breakfast Included

Reservations Contact: Email: gvaha.sales@ihg.com  Phone: +41 22 919 3255

Cancellation Policy: Hotel must be notified in writing. Free cancellation 29 days before the day of arrival.

Or

CROWNE PLAZA
Avenue Louise Casaï 75-77 1216 Geneva, Switzerland

The Crowne Plaza Geneva makes every effort to make you feel at home away from home and welcomes you in a modern and elegant superior 4-star hotel. Our 366 rooms offer a contemporary design and a relaxing atmosphere.

Located near the airport and the Palexpo conference and exhibition centre, the hotel is ideal to explore Geneva in no time; you will be able to get to the city centre in only fifteen minutes. Enjoy the tourist attractions, the walks around the lake, the vibrant streets and luxury shops of the city centre. Feel like shopping? Geneva’s biggest shopping centre is located a few minutes away from the hotel

Some coach transfer arrangements have been put in place for your convenience to get you to the various conference venues. Please click here for more information.

EUPJ has arranged preferential rates for hotel rooms for the period of the conference only from 30 April to 3 May.

Standard Double Room (with single occupancy) including buffet Breakfast
CHF 165 per room per night

Standard Double Room (with Double occupancy) including buffet Breakfast
CHF 195 per night

City tax will be charged at CHF 4.00 per person, per night.

Check In: 16:00 with a valid credit card
Check Out: 12:00
Late Check out: Subject to availability; chargeable. 50% room rate before 18:00
Parking: CHF 24 per day or CHF 2 per hour

Reservations can be made using the following link:
EUPJ – Crowne Plaza Reservations

Reservations Contact: Email: gvacp.groupsevents@ihg.com Phone:+41 22 710 38 60

Cancellation Policy: hotel must be notified in writing. Free cancellation 29 days before the day of arrival.

Transport & Transfers

  • Free 80 minute public transport ticket. To get from Geneva Airport to your hotel or other place of stay, you can use a Free 80 minute ticket . These free public transport tickets are only dispensed from a ticket machine situated to the left of the two “Nothing to Declare” exits from the baggage hall.
  • Your hotel will offer you a free Transport Card for Geneva (personal and non-transferable) which will allow you to use the whole public transportation system of Geneva for the entire length of your stay.
  • Download the TPG (the Geneva public transport authority) app or use the journey planner http://tpg.hafas.de/hafas/tp/stboard.exe/en? There is both a TPG offline app as well as an online one.

To make it easier to get to/from each of the conference venues we are planning to offer a number of free coach transfers. If you plan to use these services, please take the time to let us know now, by using the dropdown menu on the registration page.

*Thursday 30 April
17:30 – 17:45 Coach from InterContinental Hotel to Opening Ceremony (GIL)
22:00 – 22:15 Coach from Synagogue (GIL) to InterContinental Hotel
22:00 – 22:15 Coach from Synagogue (GIL) to Crowne Plaza Hotel

*Friday 1 May
08:30 – 08:45 Coach from Crowne Plaza Hotel to InterContinental Hotel
18:15 – 18:30 Coach from InterContinental Hotel to Synagogue (GIL)
18:15 – 18:30 Coach from Crowne Plaza Hotel to Synagogue (GIL
22:15 – 22:30 Coach from Synagogue (GIL) to InterContinental Hotel
22:15 – 22:30 Coach from Synagogue (GIL) to Crowne Plaza Hotel

*Saturday 2 May
09:00 – 09:15 Coach from InterContinental Hotel to Synagogue (GIL)
09:00 – 09:15 Coach from Crowne Plaza Hotel to Synagogue (GIL)

*Sunday 3 May
09:00 – 09:30 Coach from InterContinental Hotel to Ivan Pictet Conference Centre
09:00 – 09:30 Coach from Crowne Plaza Hotel to Ivan Pictet Conference Centre

*All times are subject to change, please refer to instructions given in the joining instructions, communicated during the conference or the conference app to confirm coach arrangement.

Other Public Transport Information:-

1. Getting to the Hotels from the airport

InterContinental Hotel
Bus 5 is direct and stops outside the hotel (bus stop Intercontinental)

Crowne Plaza Hotel
The hotel runs a shuttle service from the airport every 20 minutes

2. Getting to the Airport from Ivan Pictet Conference Centre (IPCC)

Tram 15 (Maison de la Paix) to Gare Cornavin and train to the Airport (approximately 17 minutes)

3. The nearest tram/bus stops to the venues are:-

Venue Bus Stop
InterContinental Hotel Intercontinental
Crowne Plaza Hotel De Joinville
Communauté Juive Libérale de Genève (GIL) *Amandolier or Grange-Canal
Ivan Pictet Conference Centre (IPCC) Maison de la Paix

*The Grange-Canal stop is a downhill walk to GIL whereas the Amandolier stop is a downhill walk from GIL.

4. Other important tram and bus stops:-

Airport: Aéroport
Station: Gare Cornavin

 

Programme

Proposed Programme – Geneva 2020 (Subject to Change)

Date/Time Activity
WEDNESDAY 29 April Pre-conference Tour to Chamonix
 
THURSDAY 30 April
13:00 – 17:00 Registration – Intercontinental Hotel
17:30 – 17:45 Coach Transfers from Intercontinental Hotel
18:30 – 21:00 Opening Ceremony at GIL
21:00 – 22:00 Post-ceremony reception
22:00 – 22:15 Coach transfers to Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza Hotels
 
FRIDAY 1 May
08:30 – 09:00 Shacharit at Intercontinental Hotel
08:30 – 08:45 Coach transfer from Crowne Plaza Hotel to Intercontinental Hotel
09:00 – 09:10 Opening Prayer
09:15 – 10:10 Plenary Session I – Dr Jonathan Boyd
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11.40 Workshop Session 1
11:45 – 12:40 Workshop Session 2
12:45 – 13:55 Lunch
14:00 –14:55 Plenary Session II Katherina Schnurbein
15:00 – 15:25 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 Workshop Session 3
16:20 – 17:15 Workshop Session 4
17:30 – 18:00 Possible Receptions (TBA)
18:15 – 18:30 Coach transfer from Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza Hotels to GIL
19:15 – 20:15 Kabbalat Shabbat Service
20:30 – 22:30 Dinner
22:15 – 22:30 Coach transfers to Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza Hotels
 
SATURDAY 2 May
09:00 – 09:15 Coach transfer from Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental Hotels to GIL
10:00 – 11:55 Service.  Sermon by Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur
12:00 – 12:20 Kiddush
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch and Learn
From 14:00 Afternoon tours
21:30 – 21:45 Havdalah – Intercontinental Hotel
22:00 – 23:30 Late Night Cabaret – – Intercontinental Hotel
22:00 – 23:30 Late Night Activity for Next Generation
 
SUNDAY 3 May
08:00 – 09:00 Check out of hotels
09:00 – 09:30 Coach transfer from  Intercontinental Hotel to Ivan Pictet Conference Centre
09:00 – 09:30 Coach transfer from Crowne Plaza  Hotel to Ivan Pictet Conference Centre
09:45 – 10:30 Plenary Session III – Rabbi David Saperstein
10:35 – 10:55 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45 Leo Hepner Award and Presentation
11:55 – 13:00 European Assembly
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Farewell
 
Post Conference Tours Alsace
Chamonix

Next Generation

The EUPJ welcomes the Next Generation of Leaders to Geneva

We invite all members from our EUPJ communities to join us our next Biennial Conference taking place from 30 April to 3 May 2020 in Geneva.

The Conference offers an excellent opportunity for delegates of all ages to play a major role in leading and contributing to up to 40 workshops, shacharit, shabbat and Havdalah services, plenary sessions featuring thought-provoking and inspiring speakers, tours, entertainment and networking opportunities with up to 400 delegates from over 25 countries around the world.

We are very pleased to make our invitation even more appealing by inviting delegates between the age of 20 and 35 to apply for a grant of up to 100% of the registration fee and accommodation cost. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please complete the Grant application form which can be found by clicking here and send it to our administrator, Deborah Grabiner, at administrator@eupj.org. Note the closing date for all applications is 28th February 2020.

We look forward to receiving your registration and grant application and we shall send you our reply within 30 days of receipt of your application.

See you in Geneva!

Speakers

Dr Jonathan Boyd

Dr Jonathan Boyd is the Executive Director of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research(JPR). JPR is the only is the only independent institute in Britain that specialises in researching the state of the contemporary Jewish communities in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. This research aims to provide a better understanding of who Jews are and what they feel, think and do, in order to help Jewish organisations plan more efficiently and effectively for the future.

The organisation’s work is deliberately policy-oriented. We collect and analyse data to ensure that Jewish community organisations have the statistics and information they need. The reports we produce are designed to put relevant facts, figures and analyses into the hands of those best placed to develop and shape community policy at every level.

JPR is also a Jewish think-tank specialising in contemporary Jewish affairs. It regularly convenes groups of policy-makers to help them develop their own thinking about some of the most important and challenging issues facing the Jewish communities today.

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as a journalist for a French TV channel for three years before moving to New York and starting rabbinical studies. Sher was ordained in 2008 at the Hebrew Union College in New York and is currently one of only three female rabbis in France. She is also editor-in-Chief of Tenou’a, a Jewish magazine which focuses on contemporary issues through the lens of Jewish tradition. Rabbi Horvilleur is a renowned author. Her latest book is, Réflexions Sur La Question Antisemite Reflections on the Question of Antisemitism.

In 2015, she was awarded with Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, a very high French distinction.

Hillel Neuer

Hillel Neuer is the Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland. An International lawyer, diplomat, writer and activist.

In 2018, McGill University awarded Neuer with an honorary doctorate of laws for his work to advance human rights, and for being “a voice for those without one.” The university recognized Neuer as “an innovator in creating global platforms for courageous dissidents and champions of human rights from around the world,” and for being “a passionate advocate for human rights, fighting tirelessly against discrimination, torture, and injustice.”

On September 14, 2016, the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel adopted a resolution declaring Hillel Neuer Day, citing his role “as one of the world’s foremost human rights advocates” and his contributions to “promote peace, justice and human rights around the world.”

Rabbi David Saperstein

Rabbi David Saperstein currently serves as the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. For over two years (2015-2017), Rabbi Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as his country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Prior to that, for 40 years, he served as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement to the U.S. Congress and Administration. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center.

During his career, Rabbi Saperstein has served on the boards or executive committees of numerous prominent U.S. interfaith and public interest organisations including the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Religious Partnership on the Environment and the World Faith Development Dialogue.

A prolific writer and speaker, Rabbi Saperstein has appeared on most major U.S. television news and talk shows. Internationally, he has been interviewed by television, radio, and print media in over fifteen countries. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Harvard Law Review. His latest book is Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice: Tough Moral Choices of Our Time.

Rabbi Saperstein is married to Ellen Weiss, an award-winning journalist, and has two sons, Daniel, a musician, and Ari, an artist and writer.

Katharina von Schnurbein

Katharina von Schnurbein was appointed the first European Commission Coordinator on combatting Antisemitism in December 2015. Prior to this, she worked for five years as advisor to EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on the dialogue with religions and non-confessional organisations.

Katharina started working for the European Commission in 2002 as press officer for the EU Delegation in Prague. With enlargement, she moved to Brussels as the spokesperson for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal opportunities under the responsibility of the Czech EU Commissioner Vladimir Špidla. She spent the academic year 2017/18 as EU Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence to research in effective measures to combat Antisemitism across Europe.

Workshops

We are offering a wide range of workshops over four sessions. Full details, with speakers and time slots will become available through the conference app later.

Friday 1st May
Session 1     10:45 – 11:40
Session 2     11:45 -12:40
Session 3     15:30 – 16:15
Session 4    16:20 – 17:15 

I. Sustainability, caring for the planet

  • Building for the future. The example of GIL
  • Young leadership, tikikun olam and climate change activities. An updated report from the EUPJ sustainability working group
  • Victims of war and poverty: what are our collective and individual responsibilities?
  • Inspiration Israel: environmental awareness and sustainable development

II. The future of communities

  • Entitled to your own opinion, not to your own truth. What’s wrong with the statistics about the future of Judaism in Europe and why? What can we know? What is the future of Progressive Judaism in Europe?
  • Synagogues without walls? Exploring alternative ways of coming together as a community
  • Emerging communities as digital communities? Examples from France, Spain and Israel
  • Dues models for the future. Pay to pray?
  • Music, the international language. Should we all sing from the same hymn book?

III. No politics?

  • The threat of rising nationalism and isolationism across the globe has given rise to both right and left wing fascism, extremism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and the hate of the “other”, such as ethnic minorities, refugees, asylum seekers and other religions. Observations and strategies
  • Progressive Judaism in Israel. Latest developments, IMPJ, IRAC, WOW
  • Antisemitism across Europe
  • Working with other faith groups: does it help to remove suspicion and ignorance?

IV. Community development

  • Online presence and social media as a tool for community development
  • Conflict Resolution and compromise. Learn from the experts
  • Youth and young adult involvement. Youth movements, Netzer, Tamar
  • Future leadership? Younger boards and the next generation
  • Teach your children. Traditional Sunday schools and IT-based alternatives. How relevant are they? Examples of best practice and new models
  • The benefits of community twinning within Europe
  • PR for small communities – share best practice examples

V. The individual

  • WUPJ Shnat Netzer and other ways of connecting to Israel
  • Online dating
  • The relevance of religion today – its place and relevance in modern society. The notion of God.
  • Minorities – majorities. What do these concepts really mean in our wider societies and within the Jewish World?
  • Lifelong learning as an ideal. How can it be achieved? Networks, new methods and approaches

Specific Terms and Conditions for Optional Events

1. Workshop session times are subject to change. All workshops will be suitable for all delegates including Next Generation members.

2. Some workshops may be double sessions.

3. Some sessions will be Next Generation led for all delegates.

4. Subject titles and content may change. Please refer to the conference app for more information in due course.

5. All workshops, seminars and optional events at the Event are advertised in good faith but circumstances beyond EUPJ’s control may result in amendments or cancellations when EUPJ will endeavour to give as much notice as reasonably possible. EUPJ shall have no liability for any amendment or cancellation made to any proceedings at the Event.

6. Where spaces are limited, all workshops, seminars and optional events are offered on a first come, first served basis.

7. All speakers at the event are attending on their own behalf and EUPJ is not liable for anything they say or do.

Shabbat Tours

We are delighted to offer you a range of interesting Shabbat Afternoon Tours. Please take the opportunity to secure your place now through the registration page. All bookings will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

1. GENEVA OLD TOWN AND ITS TREASURES 

Discover Geneva’s Old Town including St Peter’s Cathedral, a centre of the Reformation. Explore the area’s narrow streets with their shaded terraces, each one home to numerous treasures from Geneva’s history. Appreciate the Reformation Wall – a monument to the people who made Geneva the Protestant Rome.

Duration: 2 hours
Depart/Return: To be confirmed
Languages: *English and *French -subject to demand
*Please select your preference
Fee per person: Free

2. LAKE GENEVA CRUISE

Experience a range of unparalleled views including the Jet d’Eau, Mont-Blanc, various monuments, a number of famous villas, the UN and the parks and gardens bordering the lake. A great relaxing tour to enjoy in the company of family and friends – hopefully in great weather! A smart audio guide is available on an app. Limited availability. This is not a private tour.

Duration: 55 minutes
Depart/Return: Quai du Mont Blanc, 1201 Geneva and return.
Fee per person: 15

3. INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT MUSEUM

An opportunity to understand the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – Three separate areas allow visitors to explore three major challenges in today’s world: Defending Human DignityRestoring Family Links and Reducing Natural Risks. In addition an interactive chronology unfurls 150 years of humanitarian history.

Duration: 1 hour
Depart/Return: Avenue de la Paix 17, 1202 Geneva
Languages: *French or *English (Subject to demand)
*Please select your preference
Fee per person: 10

4. CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN NUCLEAR RESEARCH (CERN)

CERN invites you to discover the mysteries of the Universe and the work of the world’s biggest physics laboratory. This is a tour for real science enthusiasts! Discover the answers to questions such as:-

What are the great questions of contemporary physics?
What is the Higgs Boson and what does it tell us about the origins of the Universe?
What is the role of CERN, its focus and objectives?
What are the experiments conducted on its premises? See https://visit.cern/tours

Tours will be available in English and French. Not a private tour

Duration: 3 hours
Depart/Return: Esplanade des Particules 1, 1217 Meyrin
Fee per person: Free:

5. UNITED NATIONS – PALAIS DES NATIONS (Tour to be confirmed)

A guided tour of the Geneva home of the United Nations including many of the rooms in which over the years major historical events have taken place. The tour includes a short film about the activities of the United Nations.

https://www.unog.ch/80256EE600581D0E/(httpPages)/5ADC7FB14E2750BD80256EF7005848A2?OpenDocument

Duration:  2 hours
Depart/Return: 14 avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva
Fee per person: Free

6. PATEK PHILIPPE MUSEUM  (LEGACY OF GENIUS TOUR) (To be Confirmed)

A tour of the Patek Philippe Museum. Five centuries of watchmaking history comprised in two collections:

i) an antique collection starting from 16th century which includes the first watch ever made
ii) the Patek Philippe Collection (from 1839) which bears testament to over 175 years of manufacturing some of the world’s finest watches.

https://www.patek.com/en/company/patek-philippe-museum

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours approximately
Depart/Return:  Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Geneva
Fee per person: 10

7. CHOCOLATE FLAVOURS TOUR 

Join this delicious guided chocolate theme walking tour of Geneva to experience one-of-a-kind, award-winning chocolate creations. Visit some of the city’s best artisanal chocolateries – from traditional to modern. You’ll experience chocolate in all shapes and forms from chocolate pralines, to truffles, ganaches, drinking chocolate and pastry. During the tour you will visit 5 of the best artisanal chocolateries/patiseries in Geneva and the will be one surprise stop. You will learn the secrets of the origins and manufacturing of chocolate, as well as the history of Swiss chocolate. https://localflavourstours.com

Duration: 2 hours
Depart: The Fountain next to Starbucks at Quai des Bergues 23, 1201 Geneva
Return: Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Quai du Mont-Blanc 11, 1201 Geneva
Fee per person: 70

8. SEGWAY TOUR OF INTERNATIONAL GENEVA

Discover the UN and all its international organisations on a Segway! Segways are extremely easy to ride and you will have a wonderful time. Without leaving your Segway you will ride along the Lake Geneva waterfront and some beautiful parks to reach the peaceful International Organisations’ district where you will discover just how many international’s organisations have made Geneva their home. Before you set off you there will be a brief induction and you will be taught to handle a Segway.

Duration: 2.5 hours including 30 minutes initiation on the Segway.
For 16 years old and upward – no licences required
Depart/Return: InterContinental Geneva, 7-9 chemin du Petit Saconnex, 1209 Geneva
Fee per person: 75

Terms and Conditions – specific to tours and optional events

1. Please book your tours as soon as possible; we will endeavour to place you on the tour of your choice. Do make bookings together with your party to be sure to be placed on the same trip. There may be more than one group per tour (where applicable).

2. All fees applicable must be paid with your booking form.

3. Please contact administrator@eupj.org for further advice to reserve and pay for trip after your registration has been completed.

4. Cancellations: No cancellations will be accepted on the day of the tour itself and in some cases by 3 March by which time EUPJ will have committed to the event. We will endeavour to re-sell your place or will accept a personal exchange with another delegate. EUPJ will not be held financially responsible for this private arrangement.

5. All workshops, seminars and optional events at the Event are advertised in good faith but circumstances beyond EUPJ’s control may result in amendments or cancellations when EUPJ will endeavour to give as much notice as reasonably possible.

6. EUPJ shall have no liability for any amendment or cancellation made to any proceedings at the Event.

7. Where spaces are limited, all workshops, seminars and optional events are offered on a first come, first served basis and a waiting list will be maintained.

8. All speakers at the event are attending on their own behalf and EUPJ is not liable for anything they say or do.

Pre/Post Day Trip

Shared Chamonix Day Trips Wednesday 29th April or Monday 4 May

The most popular day trip out of Geneva to visit Europe’s highest mountain peak, Mont Blanc, and discover the beautiful Alpine town of Chamonix.

Travel in executive mini-bus. Pick up door to door from your hotel at 9:15, returning at 18:15.

At €155 per person for an all-inclusive trip which includes entrance ticket to the Aiguille Du Midi cable car and the Montenvers railway, with lunch at Chamonix restaurant.

The highlights:

Aiguille Du Midi Cable Car

On arrival into Chamonix guests will ride the thrilling Aiguille du Midi Cable Car to the top of Mont-Blanc, reaching 3,842m (12,600ft)! At this height, the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix offers a 360-degree viewpoint over the French, Swiss and Italian Alps and is the highest point accessible by cable car in Europe.

At the summit, there are a number of viewing terraces, a cafeteria and a souvenir shop – Remember to bring warm clothes, sun cream and a camera.

Montenvers – Mer de Glace

The famous red train, The Montenvers rack railway starts from Chamonix and climbs the valley upwards offering stunning views at every turn. Within 20 minutes the train reaches the bottom of
the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) (1,913 m), France’s largest
 glacier (7km long, 200 m thick) and one of the most stunning views in the Alps. Visitors can also descend into the Ice cave that is sculpted into the heart of the glacier and explore the caves with its fantastic ice sculptures and colour lighting to enhance the ice.

Chamonix town Centre

At the foot of Mont Blanc (4808m), the highest mountain in Western Europe, Chamonix’s alpine town atmosphere and spectacular scenery attract people from all over the globe. This picturesque year-round village offers a great range of attractions and historic monuments. Visitors can peruse the boutiques with designer brands such as Chanel and Moncler. Artisans producing local delicacies such as chocolate and cheese are on offer in quaint shops, plus a plethora of bars and restaurants lining the cobbled streets. Chamonix will leave a lasting impression.

Alsace Tour

Take this once in a lifetime wonderful opportunity to visit the historic region of Alsace, France with our unique all-inclusive private tour. You will start your journey in the early afternoon of Sunday 3 May. Our Executive Coach will take you on a memorable guided trip, which will include a dinner with our community in Basel, Switzerland (MIGWAN) the beautiful city of Strasbourg, capital of Alsace, the unforgettable town of Colmar and many picturesque Alsatian villages. The region has a rich Jewish heritage.

You will arrive back in Geneva at around 13:00 lunchtime on Wednesday 6 May.

Below you will find an overview of the trip. Should you require further information, please contact: Deborah Grabiner at administrator@eupj.org

Sunday 3 May
15:00 Depart Geneva
18:00 Arrive Basel (3 hours)
19:00 Reception and Dinner (MIGWAN)
21:00 Depart Basel
22:30 Arrive Strasbourg
Overnight Boma Hotel
 
Monday 4 May
Morning Boat trip along the Strasbourg waterfront including the famous Petite France and the tanners’ quarter, the covered bridges and the Vauban dam.
Late morning &
Lunch:
Free time
Afternoon Strasbourg Cathedral and Jewish Strasbourg
Late Afternoon Free time
Evening An authentic Alsatian Jewish dinner with specialities prepared by a Jewish caterer
After dinner Strasbourg by night – a walk though Petite France
Overnight Boma Hotel
 
Tuesday 5 May
Morning Bouxwiller Jewish Museum
Late Morning Drive via Obernai to Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr – all very beautiful Alsacian villages.
Lunch A buffet at an Alsatian winery including wine tasting
Afternoon Discover the village of Riquewihr
Mid afternoon Arrive Colmar.
Walking tour and free time.
Dinner At an authentic Colmar Winstub
Overnight Le Rapp – Hotel – Restaurant
 
Wednesday 6 May
Morning Depart Colmar (option to leave the tour in Basel)
Arrive Geneva 13:00

The cost:-

The all-inclusive fees include coach travel, 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Entrance fees, lunch (5 May) and wine tasting:

  • at €880 (£800, $1000) per person double occupancy
  • at €995 (£905, $1130) per person single occupancy

Please make your booking through the registration pages.

Specific Terms and Conditions:

  • For registration from 1 October 2019 until 28 November 2019  – 50% deposit on registration. Invoice for balance – with payment due on Friday 3 January 2020.
  • For subsequent registrations from 29 November 2019 – 100% payable on registration.
  • EUPJ has fully assessed the commercial  risks of running this tour to ensure that it will breakeven. Should less than 15 participants have paid 100% of the tour cost by 3 January 2020 EUPJ therefore reserves the right to cancel the tour. Whilst it is sincerely hoped the tour will prove popular EUPJ will make a final decision as to whether to run or to cancel the tour by Friday 25 January 2020.
  • EUPJ reserves the right to cancel any registration and to return any deposit less €50 administrative fee should payment of the 50% balance not be received by the due date which EUPJ may vary after 3 January 2020.
  • EUPJ reserves the right to extend the due date for payment of the final balance.
  • You will need your passport to cross borders between France and Switzerland.

      Cancelation by delegates:

  • Cancellation before 3 January 2020 full refund less €50
  • Cancellation between 3 January 2020 and 30 March 2020 cancelation fee 50%
  • Cancellation between 31 March 2020 and 14 April 2020 cancelation fee 75%
  • Cancellation after 15 April 2020 cancelation fee 100%

       Travel Insurance

  • Please ensure that you have valid travel insurance to cover all the risks associated with this tour. EUPJ will assume that anyone who books this tour will have their own travel insurance cover.

Terms and Conditions – tours and optional events

1. Please book your trip as soon as possible. Do make bookings together with your party to be sure to be placed on the same trip. There may be more than one group per tour (where applicable).

2. All fees applicable must be paid with your booking form.

3. Please contact administrator@eupj.org for further advice to reserve and pay for a trip after your registration has been completed.

4. All workshops, seminars and optional events at the Event are advertised in good faith but circumstances beyond EUPJ’s control may result in amendments or cancellations when EUPJ will endeavour to give as much notice as reasonably possible.

5. EUPJ shall have no liability for any amendment or cancellation made to any proceedings at the Event.

6. Where spaces are limited, all workshops, seminars and optional events are offered on a first come, first served basis and a waiting list will be maintained.

7. All speakers at the event are attending on their own behalf and EUPJ is not liable for anything they say or do.

Rabbinic Kallah

The ERA Kallah 2020 will take place in Geneva from Sunday afternoon 3 May and finish on Tuesday 6 May after lunch.  Programme content and registration will follow shortly.

For more information refer to contact@eupj-ra.eu

Website: http://www.eupj-ra.eu/

FAQs

  • If I can't find the answer to my questions for the Kallah, who should I contact for more information?

    ERA Kallah Committee – contact@eupj-ra.eu or Deborah Grabiner, Administrator at EUPJ – administrator@eupj.org

  • Can I invite a guest/partner to join me for the social elements of the Kallah?

    No. This event, arranged by ERA ( EUPJ’s European Rabbinic Assembly), is for all rabbis whose title is recognised by WUPJ standards only.

  • How do I book and make payment for the Kallah hotel?

    More details will be available soon.

  • How can I let you know about my special dietary requests?

    Please email us at administrator@eupj.org to let us know how we can assist you.

  • How can I book the Kallah in Geneva?

    More details will be available soon.

  • Are there any other accommodation options locally?

    Yes, please make your own arrangements using one of the online booking agents.

  • If I can't find the answer to my conference questions here, who shall I contact for more information?

    Deborah Grabiner, Administrator at EUPJ, administrator@eupj.org

  • Is there anything else I should know?

    Yes,

    • delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel arrangements and insurance
    • Applying for their hotel accommodation using the hotel’s booking links
    • Meals are vegetarian or fish.
  • Is the conference accessible for individuals with mobility restrictions?

    Yes. All venues are accessible to individuals with mobility restrictions. Please email us at administrator@eupj.org to let us know how we can assist you.

  • How do I travel to the conference venue?

    Please make your own way to Geneva, Switzerland. We have provided comprehensive travel information for internal travel while Switzerland. Click here for more information.

  • Can I organise a room share at the conference hotel?

    Yes. On request we will facilitate this option. Please complete the registration form with your arrival and departure date options so that we can try to match your request with any others.

  • Can I organise home hospitality?

    Can you offer room(s) for home hospitalitiy? We would love to hear from you if you are prepared to offer room(s) in your home for one the delegates. Please email administrator@eupj.org with the details, letting us know your address, room details (single/double), use of private or shared bathroom and available dates. Your details will only be made available on request. These arrangements will not be covered by EUPJ’s terms and conditions and must be agreed in writing between you and the EUPJ delegate.

    Yes. On request we will facilitate this option Please complete the registration form with your arrival and departure date so that we can try to match your request with any others. If this request is impossible for us to match, we will try to match you with a room share.

  • Will there be a Pre/Post-Conference tour from Geneva?

    Yes, there are two exciting trips to consider:

    • One day trip to Chamonix, Wednesday 29 April or Monday 4 May 2020. Please note these trips are identical.
    • Four day trip to Alsace, Sunday 3 May to 6 May 2020.

    Please indicate your interest by marking the appropriate box on your registration form. Payment will be taken through the registration page.

    Please note that tours will only take place if there is a minimum take-up.

    Please note that the preferential rates  at the Crowne Plaza are available for the period of the conference only, 30 April to 3 May. For those delegates staying at the InterContinental Hotel, preferential rates are available from 27 April to 6 May.

  • Who are the Keynote Speakers?

    Please click here for details on conference speakers.

  • What's in the programme for the EUPJ Conference - 2020 Vision - The Next Generation?

    The  timetable can be found here.
    Please note the conference details and times can still be subject to change.
    Details of speakers and workshops are also available.
    Please refer back to the website from time to time.
    Conference promotional material will be circulated with updated information regularly.
    Stay connected, sign up for the newsletter or conference publicity material here.

    In due course, delegates will be invited to open our conference app which will include all up dated details.

  • Where is the conference taking place?

    Registration and Conference Hotel – InterContinental Hotel
    Opening Ceremony and late registration – Synagogue, GIL
    Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Service – Synagogue, GIL
    Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner – Synagogue GIL
    Shabbat Services – Synagogue GIL
    Havdalah – InterContinental Hotel
    Late Night Cabaret – InternContinental Hotel
    European Assembly – Ivan Pictet Conference Centre (IPCC)

  • How do I book and make a payment for the hotel?

    There are two options for conference hotels in Geneva which will be served by internal coach transfers to key events.
    Please click here for more information.

    You may choose between:
    InterContinental Hotel room including breakfast
    InterContinental Hotel room excluding breakfast
    Crowne Plaza Hotel room including breakfast

    Use the correct link for your preferred option.
    Amend the dates of stay, amount of rooms and occupancy.
    Click “Check Availability”.

    The hotel will send a confirmation regarding your booking, based upon availability.

  • Which hotel should I book for this conference?

    We offer a choice of two hotels, InterContinental Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel. Both hotels will be served by internal coach transfers to conference events. Please click here for more hotel information.

    Please note that the preferential rates at the Crowne Plaza are available for the period of the conference only, 30 April to 3 May. For those delegates staying at the InterContinental Hotel, preferential rates are available from 27 April to 6 May.

  • How can I make a donation for delegates fees for a young adult or student rabbi to attend conference?

    You may make a donation through the registration page. You will be prompted to consider a donation before paying items in the payment basket. Alternatively, you may donate through our ‘Donate Button’ situated on the home page at www.eupj.org .

  • How can I apply for a subsidy?

    If personal circumstances prevent any individual from paying the early bird registration fee in full, a limited number of grants are available. Application must be made in writing to the treasurer@eupj.org to request a grant. All applications must be received before 1st January 2020.

    Please click here to download an application form for Next Generation subsidy applications.

  • How do I pay for the registration fees?

    We accept credit and debit cards using PayPal.

    Our online registration system will take you to a secure payment page. Please follow the instructions online.

  • Can I pay for the fees in Sterling or US Dollars using Direct Bank Transfer?

    Yes. Please use the offline payment option.
    Payments in Sterling and US Dollars should be paid to EUPJ Sterling Account.
    EUPJ Bank Details:
    National Westminster Bank plc
    45 Tottenham Court Road
    London
    W1A 3AW
    Bank Sort Code: 56-00-31
    Account Name: European Union for Progressive Judaism
    Account Number: 63392739

  • Can I pay for the fees in Euros using Direct Bank Transfer?

    Yes. Please use the offline payment option.
    Payments in Euros should be paid to EUPJ Euro Account.
    EUPJ Bank Details:
    National Westminster Bank plc
    PO Box 3AW
    104 Tottenham Court Road
    London W1A 3AW
    Account Number: 550/00/40195228
    IBAN: GB05NWBK 6072 1440 1952 28
    Swift: BIC: NWBK GB 2L

  • Can I invite a guest/partner to join me for the social elements of the conference?

    Yes. A non-delegate partner/guest of a delegate may register online using one of the appropriate day rates:

    Thursday Opening Ceremony only: £90, €100 and $110
    Friday Full Day: £175, €190 and $210
    Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner only: £90, €100 and $110
    Thursday and Friday: £240, €265 and $295
    Shabbat Full Day: £80, €90 and $100
    Friday and Shabbat: £225, €250 and $275
    Thursday, Friday and Shabbat: £300, €330 and $365
    Shabbat and Sunday: £150, €165 and $185

  • How much is the registration fee and what does it include?

    The full registration fees include the programme excluding personal travel to the conference, hotel accommodation & breakfast, transfers not included in the itinerary for delegates not staying at the conference hotel, Shabbat afternoon pre-paid options, optional pre/post-conference tour and travel insurance.

    £365, €400 and $455 per person from 01 October 2019 until 31 December 2019 (Early Bird)
    £400, €440 and $500 per person from 01 January 2018 until 28th February 2020 (Mid-rate)
    £440, €480 and $550 per person from 1st March 2020 (Late booking)
    £200, €220 and $250 per person for young adults up to 30 years and student rabbis from 01 October 2020 until 30 April 2020

    Please book through the registration page.

    Options for partial day rates are:

    Thursday Opening Ceremony only: £90, €100 and $110
    Friday Full Day: £175, €190 and $210
    Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner only: £90, €100 and $110
    Thursday and Friday: £240, €265 and $295
    Shabbat Full Day: £80, €90 and $100
    Friday and Shabbat: £225, €250 and $275
    Thursday, Friday and Shabbat: £300, €330 and $365
    Shabbat and Sunday: £150, €165 and $185

    Please book these through the registration page

Terms & Conditions

  1. The Agreement

1.1 The agreement for your booking is formed when EUPJ receives part or all of the payment required (if any) to attend the event named on the registration form (the ”Event“) and when EUPJ has sent you written confirmation via email (the “Confirmation”) of registration of your place at the event.

1.2 This agreement binds you and all delegates (the “Delegate”) named on your registration application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all delegates for whom you are booking are aware of, and accept these terms. This agreement continues until the last of your delegates has left the venue where the Event is held (the “Venue”).

  1. Bookings

2.1 All registrations are taken on these terms and conditions only.

2.2 Registration applications are processed on a “first come, first served” basis (by received time and date). From time to time a waiting list may be operated.

2.3 Bookings for the Event must be made through the EUPJ website www.eupj.org and accompanied by full payment.

2.4 Bookings close at 17.00 (GMT) on 12 April 2018 2020. Please make direct enquiry to administrator@eupj.org if you wish to apply for a place after this date.

2.5 All bookings must be paid for in full by Monday 15 April 2020.

2.6 Your payment to EUPJ will cover the following:

Full Rate: the full conference programme, excluding travel to the conference, hotel accommodation and breakfast, Shabbat afternoon pre-paid optional trips, optional pre and post conference tours and travel insurance.

Day Rate: the full conference programme relevant to the day(s) pre-paid at registration, excluding travel to the conference, hotel accommodation and breakfast, Shabbat afternoon pre-paid optional trip optional pre and post conference tours and travel insurance.

  1. The Cost

3.1 The price of registration (the “Price”) is subject to review and availability and may change between the time it is first advertised and the time when you book. The amount you have paid for your attendance at the Event will be shown on the Confirmation. This applies to a delegate and to a non-delegate partner or guest of a delegate

3.2 A limited number of subsidies are available from EUPJ towards the cost of travel, hotel and fees for the Event, and can be applied for to a maximum of £275 or €300 per person. An application should be made by email to administrator@eupj.org and will be referred for decision to be made in his absolute discretion by the Honorary Treasurer of EUPJ whose decision shall be final. Grants made under the Next Generation Grants Scheme will be subject to separate application and should be made by email to administrator@eupj.org and will be referred for decision to be made in his absolute discretion by the Honorary Treasurer of EUPJ whose decision shall be final

3.3 You must separately arrange, book and pay for the following, not through EUPJ:

  • Your travel arrangements to the Event.
  • Your hotel accommodation with the hotel you select.
  • Your transport to and from your hotel.
  • Transport to and from the Venue(s) unless included in the Event.
  • Any ‘extras’ you incur at your hotel e.g., gratuities, drinks, room service, laundry etc.
  • Any car parking charges at the Venue
  • Your insurance e.g., cancellation insurance for cost of travel to the Event, property loss, medical expenses. (See also paragraph 9 below)
  1. Hotel accommodation

4.1 The hotel that you or any non-delegate partner or guest of a delegate select and require, must be booked and made by you or any non-delegate partner or guest with the hotel directly.

4.2 EUPJ is not responsible for your hotel reservation and confirmation. Such reservation and confirmation will be subject to the hotel’s own terms and conditions which you should obtain from the hotel directly.

4.3 You must vacate your hotel room by the checkout time notified by the hotel for your day of departure.

4.4 A non-delegate partner or guest of a delegate, who is not registering to attend the Event as a delegate, is not entitled to any of the meals or other food and beverage at the Event unless they have registered online for the Event as a Day Rate Delegate. See Terms and Conditions paragraphs 2.6 and 3.1.

4.6 EUPJ accepts no responsibility or liability for any illness, damage or personal injury caused to a delegate or non-delegate partner or guest of a delegate staying at a hotel.

  1. Dietary or Access Requirements

5.1 All catering at the Event will be either vegetarian or fish.

5.2 Special requirements must be notified at the time of your registration such as:

  • Special Dietary Requirements
  • Access Needs
  1. Workshops and Optional Events

6.1 All workshops, seminars and optional events at the Event are advertised in good faith but circumstances beyond EUPJ’s control may result in amendments or cancellations when EUPJ will endeavour to give as much notice as reasonably possible. EUPJ shall have no liability for any amendment or cancellation made to any proceedings at the Event.

6.2 Where spaces are limited, all workshops, seminars and optional events are offered on a first come, first served basis.

6.3 All speakers at the event are attending on their own behalf and EUPJ is not liable for anything they say or do.

  1. Conduct

It is a condition of registration that behaviour as a participant will not bring EUPJ into disrepute. This includes settling any “extras” you incur with the hotel on departure.

  1. Privacy

8.1 Personal information given by you will be handled by EUPJ in accordance with UK Data Protection Act 1998.

8.2 EUPJ will only pass your name and any other personal data to a third party service provider (such as caterers or security) as may be required by them to comply with reservation, safety and security policies and procedures.

8.3 EUPJ will publish a delegate list (consisting of delegate name and email address) which will be distributed to all delegates attending the Event. If you do NOT want your name to be published on the list, please tick the box on your online registration application.

8.4 EUPJ will use your email address to acknowledge your registration application electronically. EUPJ will also keep you informed about future events and add your details to its Newsletter distribution list. If you do NOT wish to be sent further emails, other than those relating to the Event, please email administrator@eupj.org.

8.6 EUPJ, its agents and other participants may take photos, audio or video recordings at the event which may be used for marketing, promotional or educational activities. EUPJ does not accept responsibility, if contrary to your wishes, you appear on audio or video recordings or in photographs. It is your responsibility to ensure that if you see that you are being recorded, you notify the person doing the recording, if you wish to request any limit on the use of such recording.

  1. Cancellation

9.1 You may cancel your registration for attendance at the Event by notifying EUPJ in writing or by email to administrator@eupj.org . However, a fee will be charged as follows:

Date notice of cancellation received by EUPJ Cancellation fee per cancelling participant
37 or more days prior to the

commencement of the Event

£ 40 (€50)
36 to 20 days prior to the

commencement of the Event

£ 60 (€75)
Less than 20 days prior to the

commencement of the Event

The full price of the participant for the Event

9.2 Instead of cancelling, you may send an alternative delegate, without incurring additional fees. You must inform EUPJ at administrator@eupj.org and provide all the substitute person’s contact details no later than ten full days before commencement of the Event. Any required alterations to travel and hotel booking arrangements must be made by the delegate directly with the travel providers and hotel (not through EUPJ) in accordance with the terms and conditions of such providers and the hotel.

9.3 Any refunds agreed by EUPJ will be processed and paid within 60 days after the end of the Event. EUPJ is unable to make any refunds within 60 days before the Event.

9.4 EUPJ reserves the right to cancel the Event or vary any part of the Event at its discretion. If the Event is cancelled the maximum liability of EUPJ is the return of any money paid by a delegate or by a non-delegate partner or guest of a delegate to EUPJ. Your own travel insurance needs to cover any other costs which you might incur if the Event is cancelled.

9.5 EUPJ will not be liable for any failure or delay in the delivery of the Event or any element of it which is caused by the failure of the Venue to deliver its services, any act of God, workers’ action, or any other circumstance beyond EUPJ’s control.

9.6 The Event is intended for individuals who are members of or who represent organisations which are, in turn, Constituent Members or Associated Members of the EUPJ or of the WUPJ and its affiliates or any other person whom the Management Committee of EUPJ (in its discretion) (“ManCom”) considers to be in sympathy with the mission and objectives of the EUPJ. The Event may also be attended by any other person specifically invited or permitted to attend by the ManCom of EUPJ. Accordingly, the EUPJ reserves the right to refuse to accept the registration of any Delegate or other person seeking to register to attend the Event or to cancel the registration of any such Delegate and/or person if ManCom, in its sole and absolute discretion, believes that such a person does not meet the above criteria or for any other reason which ManCom considers reasonable in the circumstances. Should EUPJ exercise any of its rights referred to in this paragraph 9.6, then the provisions of paragraph 9.4 above shall apply, mutatis mutandis, in respect of any liability of EUPJ to any Delegate or non-Delegate partner or guest of a Delegate.

  1. General

10.1 You accept that neither EUPJ nor any person involved in the Event shall have any liability to you for any injury, loss or damage, including as a result of negligence, suffered by you or other participant during the Event, other than for death or personal injury caused by negligence.

10.2 These are the only terms and conditions which apply to you and EUPJ relating to the Event and supersede all other understandings.

10.3 No third party may rely upon these terms and conditions.

10.4 These terms and conditions are governed by English law.