Frequently Asked Questions

October 26-29, 2019 | Washington, DC

Basic Information

Where and when is the J Street conference?

J Street’s 2019 National Conference will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, located at 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001. The conference will begin on October 26, 2019 and end after lobbying appointments on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Where will opening night take place?

Opening Night of the conference, Saturday, October 26, will take place offsite from the Convention Center. Please continue to check the J Street conference website for further information on the Opening Night location.

How do I receive my badge?

Conference bags and badges can be picked up Saturday, October 29, at 2pm and will be available throughout the conference. Please continue to check the J Street conference website for the location.

What is the dress code?

Attire for Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoon is business casual. Cocktail or business attire is appropriate for the gala on Monday evening.  Business attire is appropriate for lobbying appointments on Tuesday.

Tickets and registering

How do I register?

You can register online at this link. Onsite registration will also be available.

How much do tickets cost? What is included in each conference ticket option?

All conference tickets include breakfast on Sunday and Monday and optional advocacy day attendance at no extra cost. Gala tickets include admission to the gala dinner on Monday, October 28 and optional advocacy day attendance at no extra cost.

Early bird registration (before 8/1/2019) Registration price
Conference ticket $400 $475
Conference/Gala Package $550 $650
Gala ticket $250 $300
Young professional conference ticket $150 $150
Young professional conference/gala package $250 $250
Young professional gala ticket $100 $100
Nonprofit professional ticket $150 $150
Jewish clergy and seminary students $0 $0

Student Conference ticket ($36)

Student ticket includes conference ONLY. Students may attend advocacy day at no additional cost. Students may also purchase $100 Student Gala ticket if they so desire. Students should contact their J Street U organizers if they are interested in attending the gala dinner.  More information can be found here.

Reduced Rate Conference Only Ticket (flexible options available)

Reduced rate tickets are available for those who cannot afford the full cost of the conference. They include admission to the conference only.  If attendees also want to attend the gala dinner, they should purchase a separate $300 Gala Dinner ticket or a $100 Young Professionals gala ticket, depending on their age. Reduced rate tickets can be purchased here.

25% Off $355
50% Off $235
75% Off $115

Synagogue Delegations

J Street is excited to offer a synagogue delegation discount. If you are interested in bringing five or more people from your synagogue at a discounted rate, please contact Director of Rabbinic and Community Engagement Shaina Wasserman at shaina@jstreet.org.

What are the individual sponsorship options?

We have many different sponsorship options to match your giving priorities. Your gift will make it possible for us to sponsor more students, who represent the future of our movement, to attend the conference.

Click here for further information about sponsorship packages.

Can I alter my registration information after registering for the conference?

Yes. In the confirmation email, there will be a confirmation code that will allow you to alter your registration information after you have already registered.

Is my conference and/or gala ticket refundable?

All requests for cancellation of a registration must be received in writing at conference@jstreet.org. Any cancellation requests after September 30, 2019 will receive no money back.

Travel and accommodations

How do I get to the Convention Center?

DC has a great public transportation system, and the Convention Center is directly accessible from the Green and Yellow Metro lines, and a short walk from the Red, Orange, Blue and Silver Metro lines. For more information, please click here.

Where should I stay?

Discounted hotel blocks have been reserved at the Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave NW) and the Courtyard Marriott Convention Center (900 F St NW). Click here for booking instructions.

What’s the parking situation?

There are over 3000 parking spaces in a three-block radius of the facility. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. View a parking map (pdf).

When should I book my return flight?

For those conference attendees participating in National Advocacy Day, meetings should end by 4pm on Tuesday, October 29. We recommend that advocacy day participants book their return flights no earlier than 6pm on October 29 if leaving from DCA airport (participants traveling from BWI or IAD should consider later flights).  All other attendees should depart as their schedule allows. For those not participating in advocacy day, conference activities will end on Monday night, October 28, and should depart as their schedule allows.

Are travel stipends available to subsidize the cost of getting to the conference?

If you are a current student who is attending the entirety of the conference, including advocacy day, click here to learn more about applying for travel stipends.

J Street is committed to ensuring the cost of the conference is not prohibitive to any of our attendees. Please see our Reduced Rate conference ticket options. If these are not sufficient, please contact your Regional Director for more information.

Are there accommodations available at a lower price point than those of the J Street hotel blocks?

Other hotels, including hostels, in the area of Convention Center are available. The Convention Center is located at 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001, near the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center (yellow/green line) and Gallery Pl-Chinatown (red line) metro stations. There are many hotels and hostels within metro distance of the Convention Center, so we suggest exploring your options online to find an option at your price point.

If you are a student, please see lodging information below.

Dining

What are my options for meals, snacks and beverages within and around the Convention Center?

Conference tickets include breakfast buffets (pastries, bagels, fruit) before the first sessions begin on Sunday and Monday. Gala tickets include the pre-gala reception (beverages and light hors d’oeuvres) and full dinner service (Kosher, vegan and vegetarian options are available), including wine pairings. No other food is provided as part of the ticket.

There will be coffee, snack and other food kiosks at the Convention Center outside session rooms, where attendees are welcome to purchase food and beverages. Kosher sandwich options will be available. A guide for guests to nearby restaurants will be provided at the conference.

What are my options for Kosher meals within and around the Convention Center?

The Kosher restaurants in downtown Washington are Char Bar (by Washington Circle) and Soupergirl (West End and Dupont Circle).

Kosher sandwiches will be available at the lunch kiosks and food truck and kosher food is available at the J Street Gala Dinner, on request.

Conference Program Questions

Who will be speaking at the conference this year?

Please visit the speakers page to learn about our currently confirmed speakers for the conference. The speakers list will be updated regularly.

What is the Gala Dinner?

The J Street Gala Dinner is the signature fundraising event for the J Street Education Fund (the nonprofit arm of J Street). The formal dinner is at the Convention Center, featuring a very special keynote address, celebrating our accomplishments of the last year and honoring those leaders who continue to make an impact on our mission.

The gala dinner is a crucial component of annual fundraising for the Education Fund, and we encourage all able J Street supporters to consider contributing by sponsoring a table at the gala. Sponsorship makes it possible for our student activists to attend the conference.

J Street’s field operation, student movement (J Street U), Israel Program, congressional and other leadership missions, and Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet, as well as all of J Street’s educational programming, all comprise J Street Education Fund.

Who should attend the Gala Dinner?

All conference attendees and J Street supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets to attend the gala dinner.

What does a gala ticket include?

Included in your gala ticket is a multi-course dinner service (with different dietary options available), wine pairings and admission to the pre-gala reception, where beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Tickets are available here.

At what time does National Advocacy Day end on October 29?

All conference participants are encouraged to join National Advocacy Day meetings on Tuesday, October 29. This is a critical opportunity for our participants to demonstrate constituent support, in person, to a large number of Members of Congress. Exact meeting times and participants will likely not be confirmed until immediately prior to the conference, so we encourage all advocacy day participants to plan to join meetings for the entire day on October 29, from 8am to 4pm.

Where can I store my bags during National Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill?

Luggage storage will be available for leaders only from 8:00am to 4:30pm on Tuesday, October 29. Details will be made available nearer to the conference.

Student questions

How much does student housing cost?

Student housing is available for $15 per night, and is available to all students for Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. Housing for Friday, October 25, is available for students attending the Shabbaton. Housing for Monday, October 28, is available for students who are attending advocacy day. Housing may be purchased through registration. If you have registered as a student without purchasing housing and would like to purchase housing retroactively, please contact conference@jstreet.org.

Can I sign up for student housing after registering earlier for the conference? Can I be refunded for student housing if I realize I no longer need it?

Yes, you may sign up for student housing after processing a registration. In this case, you’ll need to email conference@jstreet.org to alter your registration.

The registration refund policy applies to all items purchased as part of registration, including housing.

All requests for cancellation of a registration must be received in writing at conference@jstreet.org. Any cancellation requests after September 30, 2019 will receive no money back.

Where are students housed during the conference?

Students will be housed at one of several hostels and hotels in the area of the Convention Center. J Street U is not able to accommodate requests for placement at any particular hostel. Housing assignments will be communicated to students prior to their travel to the conference.

May I make special requests regarding student housing?

If you have any housing requests, including those relating to gender, observance or accessibility, please contact conference@jstreetu.org.

Are travel stipends available to subsidize the cost of getting to the conference?

If you are a current undergraduate student, you are eligible for a travel stipend. Please click here for more information.

I’m a student who wants to attend the conference, but finances are an obstacle for me. What can I do?

If you have concerns about finances, please contact your organizer, or conference@jstreetu.org.

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