Frequently Asked Questions

Venue

When and where is the Convention taking place?


The European Chinuch Convention is taking place שבת פרשת בשלח תש"פ, from Thursday 6th February 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020. The Convention will take place at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, in Amsterdam. The hotel's address is: Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Taurusavenue 12, 2132 LS, Hoofddorp, Netherlands




What is the closest airport?


Amsterdam's Schipol Airport is a 4 minute train ride from the hotel.




Will transportation be provided from the airport to the hotel?


We regret that we cannot be of assistance in providing help with rides to and/or from the hotel. You can take the train from the airport to Hoofddorp Station which is within walking distance (approximately 4 minutes) from the hotel. The train ticket costs €2.30 one way. Alternatively, you can take a taxi which is estimated to cost between €12 - €15.




What time is check-in? Can I check-in early?


Check-in time is officially on Thursday 6th February 2020 from 5pm. If you arrive earlier and your room is ready, you will be able to check-in early.




I need to leave Motzei Shabbos. Is there a Motzei Shabbos checkout?


We do not have that option available. You may leave Motzei Shabbos, but please understand you are paying through Sunday. There is no alternate rate for this option.




What if I need to cancel my reservation?


Cancellations will be refunded in full only on written notification by Tuesday 31st December 2019.




I won’t be able to attend the entire Convention. Will recordings be available? What about livestreaming?


Yes, recordings will be available for purchase post-Convention. We hope that some sessions will be livestreamed, but don’t know as of yet, which ones. Please check back on our site closer to the event date for a listing.





Children and crèche services

Will there be babysitting services?


Yes, we offer babysitting for children 2 years and younger during sessions only. Babysitters will NOT be available during any of the meals, except Shalosh Seudos. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of Shalosh Seudos babysitting services. In order to take advantage of this service, please make sure you have registered your child using the Child Care Registration Form. There will be a fee for this service.




Can I reserve a crib?


Yes, though we have limited availability. There may be a charge of €20 per night. Please make sure to book your crib at the time of your booking.




Can I bring my children to the Convention, and how much does it cost per child?


Parents may bring children up until the age of 24 months. There is no extra booking charge for children, however, there is a compulsory subsidised babysitting charge. Additionally, there may be an extra charge for a crib.




Can I reserve a highchair?


The hotel has a limited number of high chairs/booster seats. Please inform us if you need a highchair at the time of your booking.





Workshops

Who is speaking at the Convention? Where can I see the programme?


The complete Convention programme will be made available about a week before the event. Please refer back to our site or register on the website to receive ECC updates and for the schedule highlights.




What is a Concurrent Workshop?


A Concurrent Workshop offers you an opportunity for hands-on work on a Chinuch related topic or method. A number of these workshop slots are available during the Conference, on a range of topics and in one of two languages. We hope these will provide a highly interactive training, demonstrating effective practices for school leaders and class teachers.




Do I need to reserve a space at the Concurrent Workshops?


Whilst you do not need to reserve a space, we recommend that you complete the Concurrent Workshop form which you will receive together with the Conference Programme. This willl help us ensure that ample seating has been allocated for each session.




How long is each Concurrent Workshop?


Concurrent Workshops will be approximately one hour long with a ten minute break before the next Concurrent Workshop.




What topics will be covered in the Concurrent Workshops?


There will be presentations aimed at Menahelim/Menahalos and at Rebbeim/Teachers. Workshops will be aimed at boy schools and girl schools from Primary/Elementary school through to High/Secondary school. The full programme will be available approximately a week before the Conference. Please check this site and your emails for updates.




What languages will the presentations be in?


Whilst the Keynote Speeches will be in English, we are offering Concurrent Workshops in English and Yiddish. Please indicate your preferred language when you register.





General

Are meals included in my reservation?


Yes. All meals are provided, starting with a Buffet Dinner on Thursday evening 6th February 2020, and ending with lunch on Sunday 9th February 2020.




What hashgacha are the meals?


All meals at the Convention are under the hashgacha of the Badatz of Amsterdam and Machzikei Hadass of Antwerp.




How does the seating at the Shabbos meals work?


Shabbos seating is reserved seating only. Your assigned seat will be posted near the designated dining rooms before Shabbos. The seating options are:

  • Family style seating
  • Couples dining areas without mechitza (table for two)
  • Separate men’s dining room
  • Separate women’s dining room
Please complete your preference at the time of booking.




Does the hotel have manual keys for Shabbos?


All room keys are electronic, however, the European Chinuch Conference will provide magnets for our guests to place on the door jamb which should disable the lock. Additionally, we will have resort staff walking the halls in case the door locks accidentally. Please make use of the in-room safe for your valuables (especially over Shabbos.) The magnets will be available upon check-in.




Can solicitations of donations be made at the Conference?


No. In order to allow all guests to fully benefit from the goals and purpose of the Conference in a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere, we ask that participants please refrain from soliciting at the Conference for their institutions. We realize that from your vantage point it might be an opportunity, but we ask that you not use this venue for this purpose.




What are the seating arrangements during the Convention weekend?


All tefillos and keynote sessions will have mechitzos. Some of the Concurrent Workshops will be available to women only, whilst others will have seperate seating. There will be seperate dining rooms with various seating options available. Please see the next question for more details.




Is there a mikvah nearby?


Yes. There is a men's mikvah and ladies mikva in Beis Medrash Eitz Chaim, approximately 20 minutes away by car.
The address of the mikvah is Beis Medrash Eitz Chaim, Merckenburg 3, 1082 BT Amsterdam. (The entrance is via the back-door, on the street called Valkenstein 98).
There is another ladies mikvah in Amstelveen. The address and contact number is:
Max Havelaarlaan 435, 1183 LZ Amstelveen. To make an appointment please call 24 hours in advance: +31206719383