FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are some of the common questions we expect you may have about the conference.

There are three sections:

  1. A list of categories of questions (topic areas). Clicking on an item will take you to that section of questions.
  2. A list of questions by topic area. Clicking on the topic will take you to that section of answers. Clicking on a specific question will take you to its answer.
  3. The questions (repeated) along with their answers.

List of Topic Areas

List of Questions by Topic Area

CONFERENCE

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REGISTRATION

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THE HOTEL

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TRAVEL IN POLAND

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TOURS

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ACCESSIBILITY

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RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE

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Answers to the Questions

CONFERENCE

Q.  What are the significant dates and times for this conference?
  A.  The conference will be held from Sunday, August 5, 2018, until noon on Friday, August 10, 2018.
Q.  Will the conference be in English?
  A.  Yes, the official language of the Warsaw Conference will be English.
Q.  When will the conference program be available?
  A.  We expect to announce the conference programming details in April 2018.
Q.  How will a typical conference day be organized?
  A.  Presentations generally start around 8:00 or 8:30 am and end by 8 pm to allow conference attendees time to explore Warsaw and spend time with their traveling companions who may not be genealogists.
Q.  Will the conference be recorded?
  A.  We anticipate recording many of the sessions of the Warsaw Conference and making them available for a fee.
Q.  Will there be a mobile-device app available?
  A.  Yes, there will be an IAJGS conference app for mobile devices. Stay tuned for details.
Q.  Will there be a printed program calendar and planner?
  A.  Yes, all full-conference registrants will receive a Daily Planner with the schedule.of conference activities.
Q.  How can I volunteer to help with the conference planning?
  A.  Write to us at volunteer@iajgs2018.org to inquire about volunteering! Thanks!
Q.  When will notice be given to presenters regarding acceptance of their proposals?
  A.  We hope to do so by the end of March 2018.

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REGISTRATION

Q.  Is there an “early-bird” rate for the conference?
  A.  Yes, there is an early-bird rate that expires on April 28, 2018. Please see the Registration tab on this website for more information.
Q.  Is there a “Daily Rate” for the conference?
  A.  Yes, the daily rate has been set at $175 per day. Two days equals the full conference rate, which is required for guaranteeing hotel rooms at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel.
Q.  Is the Daily Rate for Friday the same as for the other days of the week?
  A.  Yes.
Q.  Will there be a discount for local residents?
  A.  We are looking for sponsorships now to enable us to offer a discounted conference rate to local residents. Please write funding@iajgs2018.org for more information.

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THE HOTEL

Q.  Where will the Warsaw conference be held?
  A.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Conference Centre at 63 Grzybowska Street.
Q.  Will the entire conference program be held at the Hilton Warsaw?
  A.  Yes, while we originally envisioned the conference lectures occurring in multiple locations, it became apparent that one location (the Hilton) presented advantages for our constituency and was simpler.
Q.  Is it possible to register now for hotel rooms?
  A.  It is not yet possible to register for the Hilton Warsaw Hotel; however we have reserved 200 rooms during the conference period at a special rate that includes an outstanding buffet breakfast and free WiFi.
Q.  Is conference registration required to reserve rooms in the Hilton?
  A.  Yes, at this point in time, the Hilton Warsaw will only be guaranteeing rooms for guests who have signed up for full-registration at the conference.
Q.  Have we reserved rooms at additional hotels?
  A.  Yes, we have reserved blocks of 50 rooms at the Radisson Blu Centrum, The Westin, and the Warsaw Marriott in addition to reserving 200 rooms at the Hilton Warsaw for our conference.
Q.  Will the conference assist with finding roommates upon request?
  A.  Yes, attendees who would like to find a roommate during the conference can post on the IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Facebook page, post to the Conference Discussion List, or write to housing@iajgs2018.org.
Q.  Is it possible to have a refrigerator in the hotel room?
  A.  Yes, all rooms in the Hilton Warsaw include a refrigerator. Half are stocked as a bar, and they can be emptied upon request to the hotel.
Q.  Is it possible to have a manual key to the hotel room?
  A.  Yes, floors 5 to 8 at the Hilton can be equipped with manual keys for Shabbat.
Q.  Is it possible to have a lower level floor in the hotel?
  A.  Because of the conference center, hotel rooms begin on the 5th floor. Therefore floors 5 through 8 can be used for Shabbat.
Q.  Will there be security measures in place at the Hilton Hotel?
  A.  Yes. All IAJGS conferences have a security strategy and work with the conference hotels to create a convenient but safe environment for everyone.
Q.  Is there a grocery store near the Hilton Warsaw Hotel?
  A.  Yes, there is a grocery store in the galleria next door to the Hilton Warsaw Hotel. Grocery store prices are generally cheaper in Poland than in North America, Israel, and Western Europe.

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TRAVEL IN POLAND

Q.  What will the weather in Poland be like during the Conference?
  A.  The weather in Poland in August can vary daily between the 70's and the 90s during the day with cool evenings in the 50s (Fahrenheit).
Q.  What is the currency used in Poland?
  A.  Poland maintains its own currency, the New Polish Zloty, which is approximately the same value as one Israeli New Shekel or about 34 cents US. Euros are also accepted but not preferred.
Q.  Can I use my credit cards in Poland?
  A.  Yes, even in small towns, most shopkeepers will take major credit cards. It is best to telephone or email your credit card company to advise them of your dates and places of travel so that they expect international purchases on your account and you will not invoke a fraud alert when you try to purchase something abroad. Credit cards with “chips” usually do not require alerting the bank for travel time and place.
Q.  How do I get cash in Poland?
  A.  ATM banking machines are readily available all over Poland. There is a third-party ATM machine in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel, as well as in the airport. There are also money changers in the airport and all over Poland (called “KANTOR”). Rates may vary, but ATMs are conveniently placed all around Warsaw. The best exchange rates are through bank ATMs and Kantors outside of the airports.
Q.  What is the customary tipping percentage in Poland?
  A.  The customary tipping rate in Poland is approximately 10% or simply rounding up to the nearest zloty, depending upon your feelings in the situation. Tipping is not depended upon for acceptable wage levels in Poland as it is in the USA.
Q.  Do people in Poland generally speak English?
  A.  Yes, today Poland is a member of the European Union, and it is relatively easy to find English-speakers in the larger towns. This is not necessarily true in the smaller towns nor in the archives.
Q.  What is the electrical plug type used in Poland?
  A.  The electrical plug types used in Poland are European plug types “C” and “E”.
Q.  Where can I see a picture of the electrical plug type used in Poland?
  A.  Here.
Q.  Will I need a converter for my electrical gadgets in Poland?
  A.  Most modern electrical gadgets today no longer require converters but include an internal converter to be compatible for 110 or 220 volt use, making voltage converters unnecessary.
Q.  What can I do if I do not have enough adaptors while in Poland?
  A.  It is possible to purchase adaptors in Poland; some hotel rooms have one US plug, and it is often possible to borrow a plug adapter from the hotel front desk.
Q.  How do I get cell phone service in Poland?
  A.  Check with your cell phone service provider. While it is possible to purchase SIM cards, it is generally no longer necessary with larger cell phone service providers.
Q.  Do hotels generally provide hair dryers and irons?
  A.  Yes, in most cities and larger towns, hotels will provide both hair blow dryers and irons with ironing boards.
Q.  Are taxis, buses, light rail, subway, and UBER available in Poland?
  A.  In Warsaw, there are taxis, buses, and a comprehensive light rail system and subway. UBER is available using the standard smartphone app in Warsaw, but not outside of Warsaw.
Q.  Is it safe to travel in Poland?
  A.  Absolutely. Crime is low, people are friendly towards tourists, and there is excellent intercity bus, train, and airline service.
Q.  What is the political situation in Poland today?
  A.  Poland's government is very stable, and it is abiding by the laws of the European Union. According to Rabbi Michael Schudrich, the Chief Rabbi in Poland, the Jewish Community in Poland not only has no problems with the government, but has found the current government supportive. The President of Poland recently attended the grand opening of the newly renovated Emanual Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.
Q.  Is there anti-Semitism in Poland today?
  A.  As everywhere in the world, there are some such people. However, expect almost all the people you encounter to be gracious hosts.
Q.  Can you recommend a tour guide/travel company?
  A.  The official tour company of the IAJGS Warsaw Conference will be Taube Jewish Heritage Tours. Stay tuned for details.
Q.  What other tourist attractions should I allow time to visit in Warsaw?
  A.  We suggest visiting TripAdvisor's website to develop a list of places to visit in Warsaw. However, the Warsaw Uprising 1944 Museum is located one block from our conference hotel and is very interesting.
Q.  When do you recommend visiting archives and museums?
  A.  We recommend that you visit archives and museums before and after our conference but not during it.
Q.  How much time should I allow to visit POLIN Museum?
  A.  Most people find 3-4 hours perfect for a first visit to the POLIN Museum. Genealogists may take longer!
Q.  Will there be a special offer to IAJGS full-registrants at the POLIN Museum?
  A.  Stay tuned for details.

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TOURS

Q.  Will there be research or sightseeing tours available?
  A.  We hope to answer this question soon.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Q.  Are there disability accessible rooms in the hotel?
  A.  Yes, there are a limited number of disability accessible hotel rooms at the Hilton. To request one, please write to access@iajgs2018.org as soon as possible.
Q.  Will it be possible to rent a scooter at the conference hotel?
  A.  Yes, we are working with the Hilton Hotel to find a supplier for scooters at the conference. For information, please write to access@iajgs2018.org.
Q.  Will hearing, vision, and other disabilities be addressed in conference planning?
  A.  We are working to make the Warsaw Conference accessible to the widest array of Jewish genealogists possible. For more information, please write to access@iajgs2018.org.

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RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE

Q.  Is there a guide to Jewish Warsaw?
  A.  The Jewish Community of Warsaw has assembled a Jewish Guide. It is available here.
Q.  Is there a Kosher Guide for Poland?
  A.  Yes, our favorite Kosher Guide while in Poland is here.
Q.  Is it possible to daven with the Jewish Community in Warsaw?
  A.  Yes, conference attendees are invited to daven at the Nozyk Synagogue. For their schedule, click here.
Q.  Are there liberal synagogues in Warsaw?
  A.  Yes, there are at least three liberal Jewish communities in Warsaw. They are:
Q.  Will there be kosher food available at the conference?
  A.  Yes. While some conference functions will not be kosher, kosher food can be pre-ordered for organized meals, and kosher food will be brought in daily on concession. Please follow this topic on the Facebook page here.
Q.  Will this conference include a daily minyan?
  A.  Yes, mincha/ma'ariv will take place just after 8 pm in the Hilton Hotel each evening of the conference. Conference attendees are invited to join at the Nozyk Synagogue for shachrit at 7:15 am with a breakfast following at approximately 8:15 am.

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