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Purim on the Rocks 2024 – Sofia

If you are aged 18-35, come and have 4 days of fun with hundreds of other young Jewish adults in the city that is “Ever Growing, Never Aging”! Come and Enjoy a truly fun, international Purim event and

  • Explore scenic Bulgaria as well as the historic city
  • Party for Purim in the legendary Purim themed party
  • Hear the Megillah and give Mishloach Manot
  • Relax in 5* deluxe accommodation
  • Hear from world-class guest speakers
  • Enjoy delicious Glatt Kosher food

And much much more!!!

For our Cancellation policy – Please see the Terms and Conditions section.

PURCHASE EVENT TICKET

Please note that you must be registered on the ECJS website to purchase tickets to our events. Not yet registered? Become a member now!

Do not book any flights until the ECJS office confirms the registration and payment is all okay, and it is okay to do so – as there is no guaranteed place until then.

All prices are per person and do not include travel to / from Sofia or transfers to the hotel. If you pay by bank transfer from outside the EU / UK / Switzerland you will get an extra 50 Euros charge unless you use Wise or Revolut websites, so we recommend to use Paypal to avoid this.

Extra nights before and after the event are available through ECJS at our special group rates. If you request a twin occupancy extra night without a friend(s) and we are unable to match you up with another participant(s), you will be asked to upgrade to a single room.

SUBSIDISED PACKAGES

To get these prices you must also hold a valid 1 year paid Basic Membership  subscription.

WINTER SALE DEADLINE: 23:59 CEST (Belgium Time) on Monday 19 February 2024.

DOUBLE ROOM INFORMATION: This is a room with 1 large bed where you will share with someone of the same gender. Prices are per person.

TWIN ROOM INFORMATION: This is a room with 1 large bed + 1 extra folding bed / open sofa folding bed where you will share with someone of the same gender. Prices are per person.

Thu-Sun Double

Normal Price € 369

Earlybird Price € 329

Thu-Sun Single

Normal Price € 599

Earlybird Price € 559

Thu-Sun Twin

Normal Price € 419

Earlybird Price € 379

FULL-PRICE PACKAGES

DOUBLE ROOM INFORMATION: This is a room with 1 x big bed where you will share with someone of the same gender. Prices are per person.

Thu-Sun Single Room

€ 729

Thu-Sun Double Room

€ 469

Thu-Sun Twin Room

€ 519

EXTRA NIGHT OPTIONS:

Single Room

€ 120

per night

Double/Twin

€65

per night

LOCAL PACKAGES

  • For those people living in Sofia only, we can offer these local packages for the weekend at special subsidized prices if you sign up as a FREE user on our website first.These do not include any transport to and from the venues. You can choose one of the following options:
    • FRIDAY SHABBAT DINNER + SATURDAY NIGHT PURIM PARTY: Includes Friday Shabbat and FREE entry into the Saturday night Purim themed party = 15 Euros
    • SATURDAY NIGHT PURIM PARTY ONLY: Includes  entry into the Saturday night Purim themed party = 10 Euros

This is an example program – the real program will be sent to participants only.

Day 1 Highlights – Thursday

Visit the city of Sofia

Evening Party

Day 2 Highlights – Friday

Group Breakfast

Tour of Bulgaria

Workshops

Kiddush Cocktail

Shabbat Dinner

Day 3 Highlights – Shabbat

Shabbat Services

Discussion

Shabbat Lunch

Shabbat Friendly Activity

Relax & Enjoy

ECJS Purim Party

DAY 4 Highlights – Sunday

Group Breakfast

Purim Megillah Reading

Purim Feast and Mishloach Manot

FLIGHTS:

The event will start at around 12:00 in Sofia on the Thursday and finish on Sunday at approximately 14:30/15:00. The nearest airport is Sofia (SOF) which is approximately 20-30 minutes from the hotel by taxi and we recommend to use the TaxiMe App as it is like UBER and allows you to pay with credit card and avoid being scammed. The price of a taxi should be around 20-25 LEV (10 Euros).

 

THE HOTEL:

This exclusive 5* hotel is situated in the heart of Sofia, in close proximity to many of Sofia’s top attractions. The hotel boasts an impressive combination of modern facilities and timeless elegance; with all rooms designed with comfort in mind, modern amenities, and stunning views of the city.

SOFIA:

Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it’s a modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel.

Bulgaria’s pleasingly laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading to the coast or the ski resorts, but they’re missing something special. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite, and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mt Vitosha are just a short bus ride from the centre. Home to many of Bulgaria’s finest museums, galleries, restaurants and clubs, Sofia may persuade you to stick around and explore further.

JEWISH SOFIA:

Jews lived in Sofia from the first centuries of the Christian era under Roman rule. Later they were known as *Romaniots. Their synagogue (“Kahal de los Griegos”; the Greek Synagogue) stood until 1898. When Jews were expelled from Hungary in 1376, some of them came to Sofia. A second wave of Hungarian Jews was brought by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, after the short-lived conquest of Buda in 1526.

After the expulsion from Bavaria in 1470, Ashkenazi Jews arrived in Sofia, where they established their own community. The refugees from Spain also established a new community. During the 16th century, there were three separate communities – the Romaniot, the Ashkenazi, and the Sephardi. Eventually they amalgamated into a single Sephardi community. Even though the Ashkenazi Jews integrated with the Sephardi Jews, their synagogue was, until in recent times, known as the Kehillat Ashkenazim in order to distinguish it from that of the newer Ashkenazim, who came from Russia, Romania, Hungary, Germany, and Galicia.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Jews of Sofia worked as craftsmen and businessmen. The town was a transit center for goods which were sent from Salonika to Bucharest, Belgrade, and other cities. AWhen Bulgaria became independent in 1878, the Jews saved the city from pillage and fire. The largest Jewish population of the country was then located in Sofia (according to the official census of 1880, numbering 4,146). Two Jews were appointed to the municipal council. The Jews lived in a quarter which was known as Hagada, situated in the center of the present city.

In 1884–85 there were 6,000 Jews in Sofia and in 1920, 16,196. During the Serbo-Bulgarian war in 1885, the community set up a hospital which treated the war casualties. The Jews of the town engaged in commerce, crafts, and brokerage. Three-quarters of them barely earned enough to sustain themselves.

During World War II, in May 1943, an expulsion decree was issued against the Jews of Sofia. At that time they numbered some 25,000. The project to exterminate them, however, was not carried out. After the mass immigration of Bulgarian Jewry to Israel, 5,000 Jews remained in Sofia. In 1951 there were 5,259 Jews, in 1964 4,000, and in 2004 around 3,000.

The Sofia is the largest Synagogue in Southeastern Europe, one of two functioning in Bulgaria(with the other one in Plovdiv) and the third-largest in Europe. Constructed for the needs of the Bulgarian capital Sofia’s mainly Sephardic Jewish community, it officially opened on 9 September 1909 in the presence of King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria. One of the architectural monuments of Sofia, the synagogue, located in the very centre of the city near the Central Market Hall, can accommodate 1,300 worshippers. The Sofia Synagogue’s main chandelier weighs 1.7 tons and is the largest in the country.

Despite the building’s size, the services are normally only attended by some 50 to 60 worshippers due to the aliyah of most of Bulgaria’s Jews to Israel and the secularity of the local Jewish population.

CELIA OBM SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:

In loving memory of our dear friend and former ECJS staff member, Celia Sasporte (Tzila Chaya Bat Moises) OBM, a scholarship fund will be established to help less fortunate ECJS participants up to 30 years old.

Celia was a naturally inclusive and caring person. She would not want anyone left out just because of their financial situation. On the contrary, they most need the opportunity to make Jewish friends and celebrate their Jewish identity. Through this scholarship, Celia can continue extending the gift of friendship and bring joy to those who need it most. Celia’s memory will live on, bringing happiness to others just as she did in life.

For this event, there will be a maximum of 4 Celia OBM Scholarships awarded, depending on suitable candidates with extremely limited financial capability who cannot normally participate in our events. 

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this special limited scholarship you should select the twin ticket for the event and select the check box asking if you wish to apply for this scholarship. You should also select the option to pay with bank transfer as this will not force you to make the event payment when you send us the event ticket.

After ECJS receive your event ticket, you will receive an email with a detailed application form and terms and conditions, to apply for this limited scholarship.

Once you have submitted that completed form back to ECJS you will be informed in a short time period if you have been awarded the scholarship and the amount of funding for the scholarship.

Each participant of the ECJS Purim on the Rocks 2024 Event will receive the following:
  • Five-Star Deluxe Accommodation
  • Free WiFi Internet Access in all rooms and public areas.
  • General Room facilities
  • Free access to fitness facilities (treatments/ activities may cost extra)
  • Kosher meals
  • Entertainment and workshops
  • City Tours with professional guides – dependant on local laws and restrictions
  • Organised transport for official trip tours and visits – dependant on local laws and restrictions
  • General room service
  • Optional Parking (charged by the hotel directly to each individual)

 

Participants will NOT be provided with

  • Luxury items (alcoholic beverages besides Friday night, etc)
  • Additional room service (washing, dry cleaning, etc)
  • Health and other insurance – It is the responsibility of the participant to organise necessary health insurance and vaccination requirements for India. ECJS & JEP take no responsibility for extra costs or refunds if the participant does not have necessary requirements or for any expenses in relation to this.

 

Please note:

  • Every participant should ensure that their personal insurance covers medical expenses during their stay.
  • ECJS does not take responsibility for damages done by participants (in hotel, buses and other locations). Participants are legally responsible for any damage they cause.
  • Participant must notify ECJS in advance of any illnesses, allergies or medications they are on if there is any risk of any possible side effects or reactions that ECJS should be aware of. It is the participants own responsibility to ensure they prevent such reactions / side effects taking place as much as realistically possible, and ECJSdoes not take any responsibility for any medical care / treatment or incidents that may happen due to a participants failure to adhere to their personal medical responsibilities.
  • By completing an event or membership registration form, the applicant gives full permission for ECJS  staff, or affiliated representatives on ECJS’s behalf, to take appropriate related photographs of the applicant during an event (or pre/post event days), which may be used in any ECJS related material (e.g. marketing or supplied to sponsors), at the decision of the ECJS  office.
  • Any participant may be charged the full cost of the event and sent home during the program if fraudulent information was provided on the registration form for the event or ECJS member/associate form.
  • ECJS holds the right at any time to cancel your participation if you fail to fulfil any demands or requirements of the program. In this situation the amount of refunds are at the full discretion of the ECJS office staff.

Ticket Booking Confirmation

ECJS only confirms and guarantees the booking once tickets have been purchased, approved and payment also received and approved by the ECJS office; on the basis that the participant provides a copy of his ID / Passport for security and the information supplied on the registration form is correct. Until then, ECJS does not take any responsibility for your commitment to the event. Therefore ECJS does not advise you to book your flights / travel arrangements, until you receive your confirmation from the ECJS office as before this time ECJS does not guarantee you a place to participate in the event.

 

Specific Requests

ECJS does its best to adhere to all specific room and event requests (such as room sharing preferences). However, in certain circumstances this may not be possible. In this situation the participant consents to the full authority of ECJS to make any changes necessary.

 

Local Packages

These are only for those people currently living in the hosting city holding full residency or alternatively students studying abroad/young adults working abroad, on proof of holding a local address.

 

Covid-19 Safety 

  • If someone is found positive with Covid-19 related symptoms, then it is the participants responsibility to decide how they wish to deal with it. ECJS will only implement any rules if local government enforces as laws. ECJS does not take any responsibility for any testing / isolation or action if the participant unless it is an enforced requirement.
  • For Covid refunds : The standard cancellation policy applies but may be waivered  if you hold a positive Covid-19 test and at a level providing ECJS obtains any refunds from any expenses laid out on your behalf (e.g. hotel / tour guides / food etc). For no other reasons. All Covid-19 related refunds are at the discretion of the ECJS  office.

Discount Qualification

Participants must prove financial situation warranting discount. A copy of a valid passport and/or references are required. Documents and/or letter outlining your request with contact details of either a Rabbi or Jewish community organization who can vouch for your limited finances should be sent via e-mail to info@ecjs.me

If you are awarded a further “extra” discount to the advertised prices we ask that you try your best to attend every session of our program, especially the workshops and lectures, to reflect your appreciation of this donation. A thank you letter about your experiences at the event is required for our sponsors within 2 weeks following the event.

Limited availability. Discounts will be granted solely at the discretion of ECJS and its partners and special offer discounts are only valid on main event dates and exclude extra costs such as extra nights/membership fee etc.

 

Special Discount Offer and Early-bird Offer Period End-Date

This is the date all registration and payments must be RECEIVED by the ECJS  office. It is entirely the discretion of the ECJS office staff to decide whether a participant fulfills the demands for the offers, and ECJS hold the full right to charge non-offer price if they believe this is not the case.

 

Group Organiser or other Special Offers

These are only applicable to you as an individual and do not apply to any other participants, for example a discount in a 2 person room is a discount on your participation rate and not for the other person sharing the room. It is entirely the discretion of the ECJS office staff to decide whether a participant fulfills the demands for the offers.

 

Cancellation Policy

This is the general cancellation policy but DOES NOT APPLY to any special Non-Cancelable / Non Refundable sale price ticket (see below terms for these tickets.

For cancellations until 23:59 on 01 February 2024 we will refund all payment except for 50 Euros admin fee for our staff to process this cancellation. From 01 February 2024 until 23:59 on 22 February 2024, we will refund 70% of your payment, providing the event sells out and we manage to re-sell your place. Otherwise we will not be able to offer a refund. After 22 February 2024, all cancellations will get no refund even for a medical emergency. You would need to make your own personal insurance claim. The reason for this deduction is due to the risk we are taking, as well as the event low prices, the longer administration process involved in changing your booking, and often involves more time and expensive phone calls trying to find a replacement.

ECJS will have already booked, ordered and paid for everything for you. We will not be able to receive refunds for any of these purchases. Please understand that ECJS is a non-profit organization. We invest over €100 for each member to attend the event beyond the member fee that was paid. With your cancellation we lose this investment as well.

This is our cancellation policy and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. You agree that by submitting any event registration form or “ticket” via our website, you thereby acknowledge that you have read and understand this permission agreement and agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.

Cancellation Policy for any special NON-CANCELABLE / NON REFUNDABLE SALE TICKETS:

These tickets are special priced offer tickets that are entirely non cancelable and 100% non-refundable once registration is completed and payment made. Purchase of this ticket is entirely at the purchaser’s risk and will not be refunded in any circumstances. It is also not permitted to use “Paypal query / bank recall” or any other similar methods to attempt to recall the payment. In this circumstance you will be issued a full invoice to re-instate the payment. By completing the registration and sending payment, you agree to these terms and conditions fully.

ECJS & JEP Sri Lanka

 NOT POSSIBLE TO BOOK THE EVENT AS TOO LATE TO APPLY FOR VISA!

If you are aged 18-39, come join ECJS & JEP as we adventure into EXOTIC SRI LANKA, from 22-28 May 2024

Meet young Jews from all over the world, in this limited opportunity – ONLY 90 PLACES AVAILABLE!:

During this trip you will…
– Explore a Tropical Rainforest Safari
– Celebrate a traditional Shabbat in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo
– Enjoy traditional Sri Lankan heritage and take part in open water rafting
– Expand your knowledge in mind-provoking interactive discussions

The event includes…
– Tours and visits of 2 cities
– Full Glatt Kosher meals from lunch on 22nd May until lunch on 28th May
-2 Deluxe hotels in both Colombo and Kandy
– Coach Transfers between the 2 cities as well as fun tours and activities

PRE-EVENT EXTENSION:

For those interested in extending their trip, we are planning a PRE-EVENT extension for the Shabbat before in PHNOM-PENH Cambodia. Please select on your event ticket if you want to hear more about this possible extension.

 

For detailed event specific information (e.g. Vaccinations / Visas, etc), please check the option tab “Important Info”.

For our Cancellation policy – Please see the Terms and Conditions section.

PURCHASE EVENT TICKET

Please note that you must be registered on the ECJS website to purchase tickets to our events. Not yet registered? Become a member now!

If you are aged 31-39 (JEP Member), please visit www.jep.eu/event/srilanka

All prices are per person and do not include travel to / from India or transfers to the hotel. If you pay by bank transfer from outside the EU / UK / Switzerland you will get an extra 50-100 Euros charge unless you use Wise or Revolut websites, so we recommend to use Paypal to avoid this.

ROOM TYPES

NOT POSSIBLE TO BOOK THE EVENT AS TOO LATE TO APPLY FOR VISA!

Here is a brief description of room types:
Single = 
1 big bed for 1 person

Twin (per person) = 2 beds in a shared room with another person of the same gender.

Suite = These are extremely limited so please contact info@ecjs.me for the actual cost price.

 

EXTRA NIGHT ON 21ST MAY:

For the night before the event the best prices are listed per person as so:

TWIN SHARED ROOM€ 75 (including breakfast and city taxes).

SINGLE ROOM€ 130 (including breakfast and city taxes).

PACKAGES

SUBSIDISED PACKAGES – Please note these are special sponsored subsidised prices. Pre-Pesach Sale period ends at 23:59 Belgium Time on 18 April 2024

ACTUAL COST PACKAGES – These are the actual real cost of the event per person without any sponsor subsidy.

 

Prices
In Euros

Thu-Wed / Subsidised Twin

Normal Price € 649

Pre-Pesach Sale: € 629
BEST PRICE

Thu-Wed / Subsidised Single

Normal Price: € 949

Pre-Pesach Sale: € 929

Thu-Wed / Actual Cost Twin

€ 899

Thu-Wed / Actual Cost Single

€ 1199

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DAY 1 Highlights – Wednesday

Colombo City Tour

Welcome Group Dinner in Colombo

DAY 2 Highlights – Thursday

Scenic Tour with fun activities

Group Dinner in Colombo

DAY 3 Highlights – Friday

Further Sri Lanka Tour

Kiddush Cocktail

Shabbat Dinner

DAY 4 Highlights – Shabbat in Colombo

Shabbat Services

Relax & Enjoy

Havdalla and evening entertainment

DAY 5 Highlights – Sunday

Travel to Kandy

Tour of Kandy

Group Dinner in Kandy

DAY 6 Highlights – Monday

Safari Rainforest Tour

Group Dinner in Kandy

DAY 7 Highlights – Tuesday

Traditional Kandy Tour

Group Goodbye at Colombo Airport

FLIGHTS:

The event will start in Colombo at 09:00 on Wednesday 22 May 2024 and finish in the Tuesday 28 May afternoon (in time for flights after 18:00) at Colombo Airport.  The best flight options are to buy a roundtrip to Colombo Airport.

CITIES:

Colombo… 

This terracotta-tiled, Dutch-era structure dates back to the early 1600s. Beautifully restored, it’s now home to trendy shops, cafes and restaurants. . Colombo is the dream vacation destination for people who long to experience the wonders of a tropical paradise. With stunning beaches, delectable food, hospitable people, great colonial heritage sites and tourist activities galore, there is something for everyone.

Kandy…

Some days Kandy’s skies seem perpetually bruised, with stubborn mist clinging to the hills surrounding the city’s beautiful centrepiece lake. Delicate hill-country breezes impel the mist to gently part, revealing colorful houses amid Kandy’s improbable tropical rainforested halo. In the center of town, three-wheelers careen around slippery corners, raising a soft spray that threatens the silk saris worn by local women. Here’s a city that looks good even when it’s raining.

 

THE HOTELS:

We will be visiting 2 cities – Colombo and Kandy. All the hotels are deluxe hotels.

HOW DOES IT WORK: 

If you are new to ECJS & JEP, please register on this website as a new user and wait for an email reply requesting security details. Once your account is activated, you can take an event ticket on the website and should also submit the event payment. For the subsidised (discounted rates) it is necesssary to first pay for a 1 year paid membership subscription before you take the event ticket.

Your place is not confirmed until online registration is completed and confirmation email of payment is received so you SHOULD NOT book any flights or travel arrangements until then. Until then, the ECJS & JEP office does not guarantee any participation place at the event.

 

FLIGHTS: 

The event will start in Colombo at 09:00 on Wednesday 22 May 2024 and finish in the afternoon (in time for flights after 18:00) at Colombo Airport.  The best flight options are to buy a roundtrip to Colombo Airport.

MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: 

It is entirely your choice which vaccinations to take, and we always recommend to take the advice of your own doctor. However, our suggested advice is as so (based on various European health authorities advice).

  • General Vaccinations (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED): We recommend to make sure you have valid Diptheria-Tetanus-Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoids vaccines.
  • Other Possible Vaccinations: On your own choice you can have Hepatitis B, Rabies, Cholera, Japanese encephalitis, Tuberculosis (TB). NOTE: No Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for Sri Lanka unless you have come in the previous 7 days from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Malaria Tablets: Since 2016, Sri Lanka is under the World Health Organisation as a Malaria Free country.

 

VISAS: 

All citizens of EU countries / UK / USA / Israel / South Africa / Australia need a visa to visit Sri Lanka and normally done as a VISA ON ARRIVAL providing you complete an ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORISATION (ETA) before Travel. This should be bought online in advance as an ETA for 55 USD on the following website: https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

THE ETA NORMALLY COMES WITHIN 24 HOURS BUT PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU APPLY FOR THE ETA AT THE LATEST 7 WORKING DAYS BEFORE FLYING TO ALLOW FOR ANY DELAYS.

NOTE: If you are refused a visa a full event refund will be given on proof of completed application and refusal and as agreed as an exceptional refund with the ECJS & JEP office’s decision.

 

WEATHER: 

This is officially part of the Monsoon season, but according to local advice (and long range weather services), it is normally not yet the main rainy season and quite dry. As such, the temperatures should be quite hot and humid at highs of around 28-32 degrees C in the day but drop at night to around 24-28 degrees C. For now the weather looks quite dry and sunny but there is a chance of some rainy showers which will be catered for accordingly.

Each participant of the ECJS & JEP Sri Lanka Event will receive the following:
  • Four/ Five Star superior Accommodation
  • Free WiFi Internet Access in all rooms and public areas.
  • General Room facilities
  • Free access to fitness facilities (treatments/ activities may cost extra)
  • Kosher meals
  • Entertainment and workshops
  • City Tours with professional guides – dependant on local laws and restrictions
  • Organised transport for official trip tours and visits – dependant on local laws and restrictions
  • General room service
  • Optional Parking (charged by the hotel directly to each individual)

 

Participants will NOT be provided with

  • Luxury items (alcoholic beverages besides Friday night, etc)
  • Additional room service (washing, dry cleaning, etc)
  • Health and other insurance – It is entirely the responsibility of the participant to organise necessary health insurance and vaccination requirements for India. ECJS & JEP take no responsibility for extra costs or refunds if the participant does not have necessary requirements or for any expenses in relation to this.

 

Please note:

  • Every participant should ensure that their personal insurance covers medical expenses during their stay.
  • All events are designed for single adults in the relevant age group. For anyone else please contact info@ecjs.me .
  • ECJS & JEP does not take responsibility for damages done by participants (in hotel, buses and other locations). Participants are legally responsible for any damage they cause.
  • Participant must notify ECJS & JEP in advance of any illnesses, allergies or medications they are on if there is any risk of any possible side effects or reactions that ECJS & JEP should be aware of. It is the participants own responsibility to ensure they prevent such reactions / side effects taking place as much as realistically possible, and ECJS & JEP does not take any responsibility for any medical care / treatment or incidents that may happen due to a participants failure to adhere to their personal medical responsibilities.
  • By completing an event or membership registration form, the applicant gives full permission for ECJS & JEP staff, or affiliated representatives on ECJS & JEP’s behalf, to take appropriate related photographs of the applicant during an event (or pre/post event days), which may be used in any ECJS & JEP related material (e.g. marketing or supplied to sponsors), at the decision of the ECJS & JEP office.
  • Any participant may be charged the full cost of the event and sent home during the program if fraudulent information was provided on the registration form for the event or ECJS & JEP member/associate form.
  • ECJS & JEP holds the right at any time to cancel your participation if you fail to fulfil any demands or requirements of the program. In this situation the amount of refunds are at the full discretion of the ECJS & JEP office staff.

Ticket Booking Confirmation

ECJS & JEP only confirms and guarantees the booking once tickets have been purchased, approved and payment also received and approved by the ECJS & JEP office; on the basis that the participant provides a copy of his ID / Passport for security and the information supplied on the registration form is correct. Until then, ECJS & JEP does not take any responsibility for your commitment to the event. Therefore ECJS & JEP does not advise you to book your flights / travel arrangements, until you receive your confirmation from the ECJS & JEP office as before this time ECJS & JEP does not guarantee you a place to participate in the event.

 

Specific Requests

ECJS & JEP does its best to adhere to all specific room and event requests (such as room sharing preferences). However, in certain circumstances this may not be possible. In this situation the participant consents to the full authority of ECJS & JEP to make any changes necessary.

 

Local Packages

These are only for those people currently living in the hosting city holding full residency or alternatively students studying abroad/young adults working abroad, on proof of holding a local address.

 

Covid-19 Safety 

  • For Covid-19 related entry requirements, it is the participant’s responsibility to make sure they fulfil all border entry requirements for access to Sri Lanka (including if necessary pay for PCR or antigen tests and complete entry forms).
  • If someone is found positive with Covid-19 related symptoms, then it is the participants responsibility to decide how they wish to deal with it. ECJS & JEP will only implement any rules if local government enforces as laws. ECJS & JEP does not take any responsibility for any testing / isolation or action if the participant unless it is an enforced requirement.
  • For Covid refunds : These will be provided only if you hold a positive Covid-19 test and at a level providing ECJS & JEP obtains refunds from any expenses laid out on your behalf (e.g. hotel / tour guides / food etc). For no other reasons. All Covid-19 related refunds are at the discretion of the ECJS & JEP office.

Discount Qualification

Participants must prove financial situation warranting discount. A copy of a valid passport and/or references are required. Documents and/or letter outlining your request with contact details of either a Rabbi or Jewish community organization who can vouch for your limited finances should be sent via e-mail to info@ecjs.me

If you are awarded a further “extra” discount to the advertised prices we ask that you try your best to attend every session of our program, especially the workshops and lectures, to reflect your appreciation of this donation. A thank you letter about your experiences at the event is required for our sponsors within 2 weeks following the event.

Limited availability. Discounts will be granted solely at the discretion of ECJS & JEP and its partners and special offer discounts are only valid on main event dates and exclude extra costs such as extra nights/membership fee etc.

 

Special Discount Offer and Early-bird Offer Period End-Date

This is the date all registration and payments must be RECEIVED by the ECJS & JEP office. It is entirely the discretion of the ECJS & JEP office staff to decide whether a participant fulfills the demands for the offers, and ECJS & JEP hold the full right to charge non-offer price if they believe this is not the case.

 

Group Organiser or other Special Offers

These are only applicable to you as an individual and do not apply to any other participants, for example a discount in a 2 person room is a discount on your participation rate and not for the other person sharing the room. It is entirely the discretion of the ECJS & JEP office staff to decide whether a participant fulfills the demands for the offers.

Sri Lanka Visa Applications Terms and Conditions

It is entirely the responsibility of the Participant to apply for the necessary Tourist Visa / Electronic Travel Authorisation and pay any Visa application fees via the official government website – https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

In exceptional circumstances if Visa is refused after proof of correct application procedure and timing (more than 15 working days before the event start date), and with proof of denial of visa, then in this circumstance all event fees paid to ECJS & JEP will be refunded. This refund is the discretion of the ECJS & JEP office and their decision is final for this exceptional circumstance.

Cancellation Policy

This is our policy except for an exceptional situation of a visa application being denied. In this situation, please read the terms for Visa Application.

For cancellations until 23:59 on 12 April 2024 we will refund all payment except for 50 Euros admin fee for our staff to process this cancellation. From 13 April 2023 until 23:59 on 01 May 2024, we will refund 70% of your payment, providing the event sells out and we manage to re-sell your place. Otherwise we will not be able to offer a refund. After 01 May 2024, all cancellations will get no refund even for a medical emergency, except for Covid-19 related cancellation where we obtain refund (see Covid-19 section). The reason for this deduction is due to the risk we are taking, as well as the event low prices, the longer administration process involved in changing your booking, and often involves more time and expensive phone calls trying to find a replacement.

ECJS & JEP will have already booked, ordered and paid for everything for you. We will not be able to receive refunds for any of these purchases. Please understand that ECJS & JEP is a non-profit organization. We invest over €200 for each member to attend the event beyond the member fee that was paid. With your cancellation we lose this investment as well.

This is our cancellation policy and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. You agree that by submitting any event registration form or “ticket” via our website, you thereby acknowledge that you have read and understand this permission agreement and agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.

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