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2017 Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference

Welcome to our next conference, the 15th annual North American Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference which will be held at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, California (north of San Francisco) June 18-20, 2017.

Final conference program

Timing - The conference officially began at noon on Sunday and ended at 1pm on Tuesday. We had workshops, talks, text study, networking, and meals until 10pm on Sunday, from 7am through 10 pm on Monday and from 7am to noon on Tuesday.   

Meals - In addition to Sunday brunch, we provided six Kosher meals as part of the conference registration. Please let us know if you have allergies or special dietary needs.

Flights - Direct flights to San Francisco and Oakland. It is about an hour drive to the synagogue. Other transport may take longer.

Ground Transport -  The Marin Airporter is a great option for traveling to the conference via the San Francisco airport (SFO). Those using this service should get off the bus at the San Rafael Transit Center. The cost is $22 per person, cash only.

From the transit center, take a taxi to the hotel, or take Marin Transit bus 35 and get off 0.3 miles from the hotel at the corner of Civic Center Drive and McInnis Parkway. The cost for the bus ride is $2 per person. We may be able to arrange for local volunteers to pick people up at the Marin Transit Center to take them to the hotel.

Super Shuttle is a door-to-door option from either Oakland (OAK) or San Francisco airports. The cost from Oakland is $119-$200 per person one way depending on the option they choose (van with stops, private car, SUV). The cost from San Francisco is $69-$195 depending on the option.

Hotel - We have negotiated a great hotel rate with Embassy Suites by Hilton. Please don't wait to make your reservations. We also have home hospitality options. Let us know if you are interested.


90% of the registration fee if you cancel in writing before May 1.

80% of the registration fee if you cancel in writing before May 15.

50% of the registration fee if you cancel in writing June 1 or later, and only if you have a really good excuse!

Program - The final conference program include plenaries and workshops focused on tahara, shmira, chevrah kadisha organizing, text study and more.