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In the heart of the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee, surrounded by green spaces and the chirping of birds, lies the Pastoral Hotel -
a meeting place for people who love getting away, culture, nature, music and the written word. The hotel offers a comfortable, peaceful getaway experience for couples and families, together with close proximity to all the main attractions of the Upper Galilee region, including Lake Hula, Manara Cliff, Mt. Hermon, wineries, museums and motor sports.

Travel Information

Entry Visas

Holders of EU, USA and Canadian passports do not need an entry visa to Israel. For participants from other countries, we suggest you check with your travel agent or local Israeli embassy/consulate. You may find the nearest Israeli consulate and details on visa application in this website:
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. Please email us ( to obtain a letter of invitation to assist in applying for a visa.


COVID 19 Regulations

Currently, all persons, vaccinated and non-vaccinated can visit Israel.

  • There is no need to present a negative result on a COVID test before boarding a flight to Israel.

  • There is no need to have PCR testing upon arrival to Israel, and isolation is not required.

  • You do NEED to complete and submit the entry statement form within 48 hours prior to departure to Israel. 

  • You do NEED to have a health insurance policy with coverage for the treatment of COVID-19.

For the latest regulations you may check Ministry of Health website:



Ben Gurion International Airport is Israel’s main international airport and is connected to many major cities by direct flights (3-5 hours from Europe, 10-12 hours from America and the Far East).


The conference venue is about 200 km from Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, and 110 km from Haifa. 


Conference organized transportation

There will be a shuttle from Ben Gurion airport to Pastoral hotel on Sunday October 23 at 5:00 PM. To sign up, please enter your name and email here

Getting there by car:

Driving from the airport via route 6 (toll road) takes about 2 hours, driving from Haifa is slightly less than 1.5 hour.

Car rental companies at the airport


Getting there by public transportation:

The nearest town is Kiryat-Shmona with direct public bus lines running frequently from Tel-Aviv (Egged line 845) and Haifa (Egged lines 505, 500), and less frequently from Jerusalem (Egged line 963). There is no train to Kiryat-Shmona, but there are direct trains running from the airport and from Tel-Aviv to Akko which connected to to Kiryat Shmona by bus (Egged line 500).


Single, double, and shared double rooms at Pastoral hotel can be booked through our Registration page. Rates include breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

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