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Tel Aviv

If this is your first time visiting Tel Aviv, or especially Israel in general, you may be interested in some local information.

About Tel Aviv

Ever since the establishment of the State of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, has served as the financial, entertainment, and cultural center of the country. Founded in 1909 and built on the sand dunes that stretch northward from the old city of Jaffa, Tel Aviv lies on a beautiful beach strip of the Mediterranean.

Tel Aviv abounds with hotels, museums, galleries, theatres and entertainment venues, markets, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes, all bustling with nonstop active day and night.

Typical of so much of Israel, Tel Aviv juxtaposes the old and the new. The old port of Jaffa, with its colorful artists’ quarter and flea market, reflects the special atmosphere of ancient times, while the modern hotels, skyscrapers and busy shopping malls, portray the brisk vibrant city life.

A modern cultural center, Tel Aviv, boasts many fine art galleries, entertainment centers and museums like the multi-media at the Jewish Diaspora Museum. The world famous Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Mann Auditorium, next to Israel’s Habima National Theater. The Golda Meir Center for Performing Arts is home to Israel opera, dance companies, theater companies and concerts, and the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center, situated in the old Neve Zedek Quarter of the city, offers exciting programs.

Apart from the open air markets and shopping malls, popular street shopping areas like the bohemian Sheinkin Street and Neve Zedek, portray the newest trends in fashion and styles. Tel Aviv is a perfect choice for international visitors, and affords a great opportunity to enjoy the vibrant spirit of the city.


The weather in Tel Aviv in early September is hot with highs of approx. 30°C during the day and lows of 20°C in the evening.


The local currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). As of August, 2018:

1 USD = ~3.7 NIS 1 EUR = ~4.2 NIS



Visitors should book their flights to Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). The airport is located approximately 35 mins drive from the Conference venue.

Transportation from Ben-Gurion Airport to the Conference venue (Tel Aviv)

Click here to view the train schedule.


Prior to booking flights, don’t forget to ensure that your passport is valid until at least 6 months after entry into Israel.
Participants from most countries do not require a visa to enter Israel, but we suggest that you check this with your travel agent or on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Where to Stay

There are many hotels in Tel Aviv, at a variety of price ranges. Many of these are just a short cab ride away.
There are also many cheaper options such as AirBnB.

Things To Do In Tel Aviv-Yafo


Tel Aviv’s west side is a 13-kilometer (eight-mile) stretch of sandy beaches, prompting National Geographic magazine to call Tel Aviv “Miami Beach on the Med.”



Tel Aviv is only a 40 minute drive from the historic city of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital and 2nd largest city. You can bathe in the Dead Sea with a 1.5 hour drive or climb the ancient mountain fortress at Massada with 30 minutes more. It is just an hour and a half from Nazareth, 2 hours from the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), and many other locations and tourist attractions.
Alternatively, Tel Aviv is home to several high-tech parks, the largest of which is 20 minutes north in Hertzeliya.


Tel Aviv’s shopping scene is growing by the minute! Each day new stores open their doors with amazing designs and unique products. There is a shopping experience for every kind of taste, pop up markets, second hand stores, local design stores, big shopping centers with the most popular international brands and high end stores.

For a more unique shopping experience check out some of Tel Aviv’s amazing markets (shuks), the largest of which is Shuk HaCarmel – food, flowers, Judaica, clothes, restaurants and some great kiosk kitchens; Levinski Market is the place for spices, dried fruits, nuts, traditional pastries, boutique cheeses, pickled produce, exotic meat cold cuts and salted fish; Nahalat Binyamin Arts & Crafts Fair (opened every Tuesday and Friday), where more than 200 Israeli craftspeople and artists set up stalls to exhibit and sell their unique and often humorous creations; Jaffa Flea Market, where you’ll also find genuine antiques, wood crafts, Arabic drums and more.

Sarona Market includes two main areas – an outdoor shopping mall and an indoor food market. The outdoor area has offices, restaurants, cafes, fashion stores, galleries and a visitor centre, all housed in restored 19th-century German Templar houses. The indoor Sarona Market is an arcade featuring global street food stands and boutique shops to buy fresh meat, fish, cheese and more.


Eat in one of Tel Aviv’s delicious restaurants! Tel Aviv has hundreds of options of amazing restaurants, there is something for every taste, from great burger joints to some of the best breakfast in the world.

Some of our suggestions (note that not all of these are Kosher):


The City that Never Stops will keep night owls busy with its trendy bars, dance clubs and diverse nightlife. Tel-Aviv tends to come alive late in the evening, at about 11pm and places of entertainment can stay open until the morning hours. In Israel the weekend starts on Thursday night and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are the most active. Sunday is not a “day of rest” in Israel so you can go out and party on Sunday night as well.

Some bars to recommend:


Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, etc.. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without recompense at the discretion of the conference organisers. See the full version here.