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In the 1970s, Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland (z”l) created the Lion of Judah, now an international symbol of commitment to the global Jewish community. Lions of Judah represent 17,500 women worldwide who give $5,000 or more annually to their local Federation. They are the world’s most influential female philanthropists. This unparalleled program has brought together women of all ages and from many walks of life in order to play an essential role in creating social justice, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, preserving human dignity, and building Jewish identity. More than that, it empowers women as leaders in philanthropy. 

Every other year, Lions from around the world come together for three phenomenal days of extraordinary learning, sharing and celebration. The International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC), is the premier gathering of dynamic, philanthropic Jewish women. It examines the changing face of our world today and celebrates our collective ability to repair the world and secure the future of the Jewish community through philanthropy. Participants hear from leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and more. In less than 48 hours, over 1,000 women come together to raise over $30 million to address humanitarian needs of countless people across the globe.

The conference will take place in Florida from January 13-15, 2019. It will begin in the early evening of Sunday, January 13 and will end at approximately 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15.  Departures can be planned for the early evening of Tuesday, January 15. Please keep pre-conference experiences in mind when booking travel.

The conference will take place at The Diplomat Beach Resort, located at 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida, 33019. Fresh off a glamorous renovation, The Diplomat Beach Resort ushers in a new era of oceanfront perfection. Tucked between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, we will gather at the resort along the beloved Gold Coast of Hollywood, Florida. 

The ILOJC website will have the most up-to-date program details. More speakers will be posted to the site as soon as they are confirmed.

The 2019 registration fee is $999 and includes all programs and meals between dinner on Sunday evening through lunch on Tuesday, with the exception of dinner on Monday – the free night on the town in Florida.

If you cancel before September 1st, 2018, you will receive a full refund, less a $100 processing fee. If you cancel between September 1 and October 1, 2018, you will receive a full refund, less a $300 processing fee. After October 1, 2018 there are no refunds. All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to ilojc@mcievents.com. Please include your confirmation number in your request. Please note: there will be NO exceptions or cancellation fees waived.

Please contact your local Federation to see if they are arranging to travel as a group. Click here or contact ilojcinfo@JewishFederations.org to find your Federation.

Hotel reservations can be booked through the ILOJC website after the conference registration is completed. Please contact ilojc@mcievents.com with any hotel changes.

The price for a room at The Diplomat Beach Resort is $379 per night. 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.

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.

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@mcievents.com. 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.

Dress for the ILOJC is business casual. You may wish to dress up for the evening programs and your “free night” on the town on Monday evening. The average temperature in January is a high of 76°F and a low of 59°F. We recommend that you bring a light jacket and/or raincoat for outside, as well as a sweater or shawl to wear inside because of air conditioning.

All meals provided at the ILOJC are under kosher supervision.

Please contact ilojc@mcievents.com with any special needs you may have and we will be happy to accommodate them.

The closet airport is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The second closest airport is Miami International Airport (MIA). Taxis and Ubers are a reliable form of transportation to and from the conference hotel. 

ILOJC will have pop-up shops featuring various vendors. Our generous vendors will be donating a percentage of the total sales 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 who will be joining us.

The average temperature in January is a high of 76°F and a low of 59°F. 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.

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

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

For technical questions regarding registration, please contact our ILOJC 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.