What is the International Lion of Judah Conference?

Every two years, Lions from around the world come together for three phenomenal days of extraordinary learning, sharing and celebration. In September 2016, the pride will gather in historic Washington, DC. We will hear from some of today's most respected speakers in the fields of religion, culture, art, business and politics on issues affecting our Jewish community at home and abroad. Come engage in tzedakah and marshal your power to invigorate the Jewish world.

What are the dates of this year’s ILOJC?

The 2016 ILOJC will take place in Washington, DC from September 11-13.  It will begin in the early evening of Sunday, September 11 and will end very late on Tuesday, September 13.  Departures should be planned for Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

What is the hotel for the 2016 ILOJC?

The conference hotel is the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20009.

Located in the heart of the city, the Washington Hilton hotel is near the Adams Morgan, Woodley Park and U Street Corridor neighborhoods, four blocks from the DuPont Circle Metro. 

How can I find out about programming scheduled for the ILOJC?

The ILOJC website will always have the most up-to-date program details. We will post more speakers and program details to this site as soon as they are confirmed.

How much does it cost to attend the ILOJC?

The 2016 registration fee is $999 and includes all programs and meals except dinner on Monday night—a free night on the town when you can have dinner with old friends or new at a restaurant you choose. 

What is the ILOJC cancellation policy?

Registration cancellations must be received in writing to ILOJC@wyndhamjade.com. Cancellations received before June 1, 2016 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. Cancellations received between June 1 and July 1, 2016 will be refunded less a $300 processing fee.  Any cancellation received after July 1 will not be refunded.

*Please note there will be NO exceptions or cancellation fees waived.*

Can I travel to the ILOJC as part of a local group?

Please contact your Federation to find out if the Lions are arranging to travel as a group. 

What if I need to modify my registration details?

Please send any change requests to ILOJC@wyndhamjade.com. An adjustment confirmation will be sent to you.

How do I register for a hotel room?

When you complete your conference registration, you’ll be prompted to book your hotel reservation. Please contact ILOJC@wyndhamjade.com with any housing changes.  We have secured a room rate of $239 per night at the Washington Hilton. The room rates are per night for a single or double room, plus taxes and fees. 

To receive the ILOJC room rate, you will need to register for your hotel as part of your online conference registration.  You will not receive our discounted rate if you contact the hotel directly.

How much will my hotel room cost?

The price for an ILOJC room is $239 plus taxes and fees per night for a single or double room. 

What if I plan to share a room? Do we both have to reserve a room?

If you are sharing a room, please have only one roommate register for the room and note the other as a roommate. Please note that if one roommate cancels, the remaining person will be charged for a single-person room.

How can I register for a hotel suite?

At this time, all suites have been reserved.

What is the hotel cancellation policy?

You will be charged a non-refundable first-night hotel fee as a deposit upon registration, even if you cancel your conference registration. There are no exceptions to this policy. Hotel cancellations must be received in writing to ILOJC@wyndhamjade.com.

Suites must be pre-paid in full and are non-refundable.

The hotel also has an early check-out fee; those who check out earlier than their reserved check out date will have a one-night room and tax charge added to their folio. Please note that if one roommate in a double room cancels, the remaining person will be charged for a single-person room.

How should I dress for the ILOJC?

Dress is business casual. You may wish to dress up for the evening programs and your “free night” on the town! Given the late summer/early autumn weather, we recommend that you bring a light jacket and/or raincoat for outside as well as a sweater or a shawl to wear inside because of air conditioning.

Will the food provided at the ILOJC be kosher?

All meals provided at the ILOJC are under kosher supervision. In addition, kosher snacks are available for purchase in the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee shop in the Hilton lobby, which is open from 5:30 AM-7:00 PM.

What provisions are made for those with disabilities?

Closed captioning will be available in all plenary sessions. Please contact ILOJC@wyndhamjade.com with any special needs you may have and we will be happy to address them.

How will I get to and from one of the Washington, DC area airports?

Taxis are a reliable form of transportation to and from the conference hotel and all Washington, DC area hotels A taxi will cost approximately $25 from Reagan National Airport, $75 from Dulles International Airport and $90 from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

To view public transportation opportunities from a specific airport, please visit www.wmata.com.

Will there be vendors at the conference?

ILOJC will have pop-up shops featuring various vendors. Our generous vendors will donate 10% of the total of all goods sold to The Jewish Federations of North America in support of the work of the Annual Campaign. Check back in the coming months for a list of vendors.

What is the Reach Higher Luncheon?

This is a special luncheon to celebrate women who increase their gift to the next Lion of Judah level for the 2017 Annual Campaign. Please note, this event is invitation only.

What is the weather like in Washington, DC in September?

September continues to be a warm month in Washington, DC, but the evenings can be a bit cooler. The average daily temperature is 72° F or 22° C. We suggest that you bring a sweater or light jacket.

How do I find out more about ILOJC sponsorship?

For questions about ILOJC sponsorship, please contact Beth Mann at Beth.Mann@JewishFederations.org.

Are there any security measures that I should be aware of?

For security reasons, ILOJC name badges must be worn at all conference events. Badges will be provided upon check-in at registration. Non-registered persons will not be allowed access to any ILOJC events. 

I have additional questions about the ILOJC. Who should I contact?

For technical questions regarding housing and registration, please contact our registration representatives by phone at 1-866-208-3140.

For all other questions, please contact the National Women’s Philanthropy team at ilojcinfo@jewishfederations.org.

For questions specifically about media coverage of the event, please contact Rebecca Dinar at rebecca.dinar@jewishfederations.org.