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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.

Conference programming takes place at The Diplomat Hotel, 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019. Some speakers and participants are staying at the nearby DoubleTree, located at 4000 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019.

We recommend you take an Uber or a Taxi from nearby airports to the hotel.

If you are staying at The Diplomat Hotel or the DoubleTree, check-in is at 4:00pm. The hotel will be happy to store your luggage while you walk around!

You can check-in to the on Sunday, January 13 beginning at 11am. Conference registration is located on the second floor of the Convention Center of The Diplomat Hotel. For security purposes, you must show a valid ID, and each participant must check-in for herself.

For the most up-to-date ILOJC schedule, please go to www.lionconference.org or check out the ILOJC App.

To download the app, search for “International Lion of Judah” in the App Store or Google Play.

Please be sure to always wear your ILOJC name badge (which you will receive at registration). A notepad will be useful for taking notes during the sessions you attend. You may wish to bring a light sweater or wrap with you, as some conference rooms are occasionally cool and our opening reception takes place outdoors. And don’t forget your photo ID and Lion pin!

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. 

A plenary is a session attended by all conference attendees.

Spend some time on www.lionconference.org or check out the ILOJC App to decide which forum sessions interest you. All sessions are first come, first served, and they can fill up! Please plan accordingly. All of the sessions were carefully planned with you in mind, so if your first choice is full, we know you will find another session you will enjoy.

All meals are included except dinner on Monday evening, January 14. This is a free evening for you to enjoy Florida with your community and other women. All meals are certified kosher.

There are some optional breakfast programs on Monday, January 14. Check the program for opportunities.

When you register for the ILOJC you will receive a ticket to one of two fabulous Monday Luncheons. One is for women who have established a Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) and one is for women who have not yet established a LOJE. Check your ticket and visit the helpdesk if you have questions about your placement. Both luncheons will be inspirational, educational, and uplifting.

All meals provided at the ILOJC are under kosher supervision of the ORB.

Plenary Seating will be by community. Every community is assigned one of five colors, indicated on your name badge. When you walk into the Great Hall, you will take a seat in one of those five colors.

Breakfast Seating is open. You can sit at a table with one of our “conversation starter” signs, or you can just sit at a table of your choice.

KWF Luncheon Seating will be by community. Your community is assigned to one table or a series of tables if you have more than 12 members of your cohort.

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

The caucus follows the Campaign Plenary the morning of January 15. You will caucus with your community, or with a small group of a few communities. Your caucus location can be found on a ticket in your name badge. It will take place in a conference room, a meeting room, or a living room of a suite on the upper levels of the hotel. You will reflect over your experience and make a gift to the 2019 or 2020 Federation Annual Campaign.

For security reasons, ILOJC programming is open only to full conference attendees. No outside guests will join at any point. The KWF Luncheon is open only to conference attendees. No non-conference guests will be permitted.

Dress is business casual. You may wish to dress up for the evening programs and your “free night” in Florida! We recommend that you bring a light jacket for outside as well as a sweater or a shawl to wear inside because of air conditioning. Evenings can be cooler.

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.

Yes, there will be a wide selection of pop-up shops at the conference. Each vendor will generously donate 10% of their sales to the Jewish Federations of North America. Check www.lionconference.org to see who is coming.

Please join us for a the Business & Sponsorship Networking Pre-Reception in Room 312-313 on Sunday January 13 to celebrate those who so generously helped support the ILOJC.

The Caucus Leader Training Breakfast takes place on Monday January 14 at 7:30am in Room 314.

The Israel Action Network (IAN) Breakfast: BDS Trends-Campus, Community, and Beyond takes place on Monday January 14 at 7:30am in Room 312-313.

Over 130 ILOJC first-timers joined our First-Timer webinar! You can view the recording here.

The conference will end by 3:00pm on January 15. If you have to check out of the hotel before the official conference end, you can store your luggage in a special ILOJC bag drop area. There are beautiful powder rooms all around the hotel if you need to change.

ILOJC attendees will receive $10 off parking.

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 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.

Hotel is not included in the $999 registration fee. Scroll down to "How do I register for a hotel?" to learn more.

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.

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

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.