Questions about the hotel/venue and Los Angeles

  1. Where will the conference be held?
  2. Where is the hotel located? What is “L.A. Live?”
  3. Is there a swimming pool, fitness facility, and/or spa at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE?
  4. What dining and entertainment options are near the hotel?
  5. When can I reserve my hotel room?
  6. What if I want to find a roommate to share accommodations?
  7. Will there be kosher food available at the conference as well as in restaurants near the hotel? What if I have other special dietary restrictions?
  8. What resources will there be for observant Jews, or those who need to attend a minyan at the conference?
  9. Are you aware that the conference takes place during the week before Tisha B'Av?
  10. I’ve never been to Los Angeles before. Tell me more.
  11. Suppose I want to come early to Los Angeles or stay after the conference ends?
  12. What’s within driving distance for me to explore before, after, or during?
  13. How do I get to Los Angeles?
  14. How do I get from the airports to the hotel?
  15. What options are there for people with ADA needs or who will need assistive listening devices or scooter/wheelchair rental?
  1. Where will the conference be held?

    The conference hotel is the JW Marriott at L.A. Live. With its central location in the Los Angeles downtown district, the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE will provide a deluxe level of comfort and personal service within a unique hotel environment. The property will offer sophisticated travelers a front seat to the world-class Los Angeles LA Live Nokia Theatre, The Staples Center, and restaurants, with the luxury accommodations for which JW Marriott has long been known. The JW Marriott will share space with The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at LA LIVE in a distinctive 54-story tower designed by Gensler. Hotel details are at: http://www.lalivemarriott.com/.

  2. Where is the hotel located? What is “L.A. Live?”

    The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles -- a unique, urban environment in the center of the entertainment capital of the world. The 5.6 million square foot L.A. LIVE mixed-used development on 27 acres covering six city blocks will be the primary “content campus” for Southern California. The Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Public Library and the L.A. Music Center are located close by. More info is at: http://www.lalive.com/

    Click here to watch a video about L.A. Live!

    A map of downtown is here: http://www.downtownla.com/0_0_dcbid_map.asp

  3. Is there a swimming pool, fitness facility, and/or spa at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE?

    Yes. All of the above, in fact! Use of the fitness facility is free to all registrants. There will be a spa menu with services and fees published soon on the hotel’s website. An outdoor pool will be located on the 4th floor.

  4. What dining and entertainment options are near the hotel?

    L.A. LIVE offers dining options that reflect the uniqueness of Los Angeles and its passion for food. Serving every taste and budget, the restaurants within L.A LIVE are open daily for lunch and dinner with select restaurants serving breakfast. All restaurants offer indoor and outdoor dining to take advantage of Los Angeles' climate and include: ESPN Zone, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya, Lawry's Carvery, New Zealand Natural, ROCK'N FISH, Rósa Mexicano, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Trader Vic's, Yard House, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. For walking-distance entertainment you have the newly opened Grammy Museum, Lucky Strike Bowling, the Conga Room, the Nokia Theatre and the Staples Center.

  5. When can I reserve my hotel room?

    Reservations at the JW Marriott at LA Live are now open! RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE HERE! You can also telephone Marriott reservations (1-800-228-9290 in the US) and make sure to identify yourself as a participant in the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. (The JGSLA is holding a large block of rooms for conference attendees.) Also make sure you request the JW Marriott at L.A. Live specifically, as there is also a different Marriott hotel located downtown.

    Room rates are $199 per room, single or double occupancy, which includes free wireless Internet access, $20 per person additional for triple or quads. More detailed hotel and room information will also be available one this website soon.

  6. What if I want to find a roommate to share accommodations?

    Once registration is opened you will be offered the option of requesting that we match you with a roommate.

  7. Will there be kosher food available at the conference as well as in restaurants near the hotel? What if I have other special dietary restrictions?

    Yes. There will be kosher food options at all meals, and a kosher kiosk on the conference floor. If you have special dietary restrictions due to health reasons, you will have an opportunity to submit a request for special meals. For those refraining from meat during the 9 days proceeding Tisha B'Av, Kosher milchig meals will be provided. Each room will have a refrigerator. A list of kosher options and details on kashrut supervison will be forthcoming, as will information about the neighborhood surrounding our hotel, which offers several kosher restaurants. Until then, check out this guide to kosher dining in Los Angeles: http://kosherla.info/

  8. What resources will there be for observant Jews, or those who need to attend a minyan at the conference?

    A minyan will be offered every day of the conference at 7:00AM. There are also a variety of Jewish resources within walking distance of the hotel including the Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles, which operates a Jewish Community Center that offers religious services. Their website explains: “We are your one-stop-shop for everything Jewish in Downtown Los Angeles. Join our programs in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Our nonjudgmental philosophy embraces everyone, regardless of commitment or religious background.” More information is available on their website at http://www.downtownjcc.com/ More specific information on these options will be forthcoming in the next few months.

  9. Are you aware that the conference takes place during the week before Tisha B'Av?

    Yes we are and several presenters will be addressing Jewish genealogical issues which arise from the ritual and message of this mournful period. Already scheduled will be Rabbi Jeffrey Marx, from the Santa Monica Synagogue, who will be giving the talk "Mourning and Memory" in which he will discuss the role of memory as a part of genealogical research and our sacred task as Jews to remember both events that have happened to our people as well as beloved family members. We will also offer films that appropriately deal with the themes of Tisha B’av.

  10. I’ve never been to Los Angeles before. Tell me more.

    Information about the joys of Los Angeles, tourist attractions, beaches, sightseeing and more will soon be available on our Los Angeles web page on this website. You can also check out the website for the “Official Guide to Los Angeles.” The site offers downloadable guides tailored to every taste including culture, family, fashion, luxury and more: http://discoverlosangeles.com/ The direct link to a downloadable guidebook is: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/weaver/laovg109/#/0

  11. Suppose I want to come early to Los Angeles or stay after the conference ends?

    That’s a wonderful idea because there is so much to see and do in our sunny city and the conference hotel rate will be available for three days prior to and after the conference. We also expect to have pre-conference dinner options, tours and activities. The beach towns, the Skirball Cultural Center, The Getty Center, Disneyland and Universal Studios are also short drives away.

  12. What’s within driving distance for me to explore before, after, or during?

    If you are considering venturing further afield, there’s lots to see up and down the California coastline, from San Diego (Sea World, SD Zoo, etc.) about a 2+ hour drive away, or drive north on Pacific Coast Highway to Hearst Castle, Pebble Beach, and Monterey. Los Angeles is only a four-hour drive from Las Vegas and about six hours from San Francisco or Yosemite. There are many low-cost flights to these places and countless ways to extend your trip and turn it into a vacation. Check out this website: http://www.visitcalifornia.com

  13. How do I get to Los Angeles?

    Los Angeles is served by several airports and all major airlines. The closest ones to the conference are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport, but you can also fly into Ontario Airport or Long Beach Airport (between 45 minutes – 90 minute drive from downtown LA, traffic dependent) as well as John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

    Los Angeles is also served by Amtrak, with trains that take you to Union Station -- a short distance from the conference hotel. Major bus lines also go to downtown terminals. If you decide to drive, we have negotiated a reduced parking rate at the hotel, and details will be announced about various parking options and fees in the next few months.

  14. How do I get from the airports to the hotel?

    LAX is 17 miles from downtown and a 30-45 minutes taxi ride, traffic dependent. There are also shuttles, buses, and private car service options to choose from leaving from all the area airports. Detailed information on this topic will eventually be available in the travel portion of our website in early 2010.

  15. What options are there for people with ADA needs or who will need assistive listening devices or scooter/wheelchair rental?

    We plan to offer accommodations for anyone who needs them. Handicapped facilities and accommodations are available at this hotel, so make sure to request those directly with the reservations department. Even though conference programs will all take place on one floor, some people find it difficult to get around a large hotel. Arrangements for reserving scooters or wheelchairs will be listed on the registration page in January. This will also be the case for participants who need personal audio-enhancement/assisted-listening devices.

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