General Info


27-28 August, 2023.


The meeting will be held at the Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem.


Israel’s official languages are Hebrew and Arabic. Most Israelis speak English. The official language of the conference is English.

Weather and Clothing

Israel’s northern and coastal regions are classified as Mediterranean climate characterized by hot and dry summers and cool rainy winters; whereas the southern and eastern areas of Israel are characterized by an arid climate.
Israel enjoys temperate weather throughout the year. No rain is expected from early spring through late autumn.  
Along with avoiding excessive exposure to the sun, visitors are recommended to wear protective head coverings and use sun blocks. 
Jerusalem and the Galilee are colder than Tel Aviv, especially in the evening. Jacket is recommended. 


The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS), commonly known as the Shekel.


Electricity in Israel is supplied at 220V, 50Hz and has a three-pin connecting plug.

Value Added Tax Reimbursement

According to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law, a foreign tourist is able to benefit from a zero rate of VAT on a vast array of services obtained during a stay in Israel. In addition, a special arrangement exists whereby a tourist may also request a VAT refund on purchases made during a stay. 

PCO Security Statement

Dear CTX 2023 Participants,

We, the CTX Alliance and Ortra Ltd. – the Local PCO – would like to address any concerns you may have about the security situation in Jerusalem. Rest assured, ensuring your safety during the upcoming Symposium is our utmost priority.

Israel welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists daily, and conferences and events have continued without harm, even in challenging circumstances.
With our experience and expertise, we have well-established protocols and contingency plans in place, ensuring a secure environment and providing effective solutions for any situation.

We understand the importance of CTX 2023 and the impact it has on academic and professional collaborations. Rest assured, we have complete confidence in the safety and security of all attendees during their time in Israel. A dedicated team will remain available round the clock to address any concerns and provide assistance, ensuring a worry-free experience throughout the meeting and a pleasant visiting experience in Jerusalem.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any guidance or assistance. We appreciate your trust and eagerly look forward to hosting you in Jerusalem, where you can explore a rich heritage, engage in fruitful exchanges, and experience the warm hospitality Israel has to offer.

 Kind Regards,

 Jean R. Pickford                                                         Lior Gelfand

 Executive Director, CTX Alliance                                CEO Ortra – Conference Secretariat