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General Info

Dear Colleagues,

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Israel for the 17th IBS Brecht Symposium!

You will find here preliminary information that will help you to organise your visit to Israel.


Arrival in Israel

Israel is known as a tourist-friendly country!

In order to ensure a pleasant and smooth stay, kindly note to the following:

Clearance at security upon arrival and departure in Israel

In order to facilitate your entry and departure, we will prepare and send you an invitation letter with your name and passport number. We ask that you carry a printed copy of that letter when you enter and leave Israel.

For this purpose, please send us to the following information: passport number, expiration date, nationality, date of birth.

Please note that your passport should be valid for six months from the day of entry into Israel, or the airline may refuse boarding.

Special notice! We advise you to purchase travel/baggage/health insurance.

Coronavirus: Israel has currently lifted all restrictions pertaining to the pandemic. However, for updated information please refer to the website of Israel’s Health Ministry:

Transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to hotel and return


The ride takes between 20 minutes during the night to 45 minutes during rush hours. Average cost is NIS 150-180.


There is a convenient direct train from the airport to Tel Aviv Savidor Center Station (the closest to most hotels recommended by us). Once you leave the airport, the train station is immediately to your left. The ride takes approximately 20 minutes and your Tel Aviv stop is the third stop from the airport. Cost: NIS 13.

For the train schedule, please visit the railway's website:

From the train station, you can take a taxi to the hotel for approximately NIS 50-60.

Transporation on Shabbat (Saturday)

Public transportation does not operate from Friday afternoon (approx. at 16.00) until Saturday evening (approx. 20.00). However, a free weekend transportation system is available both from and to the airport (shuttle services traveling between the major hotels) as well as private taxis.

For Shabbat transportation in Tel Aviv itself please refer to:



Transportation in Tel Aviv

RAV-KAV – Israel’s travel card

The Rav-Kav is a smart card used as the main form of payment for public transportation in Israel. It can be used to take the train or bus. It is only possible to pay for the bus using a Rav-Kav or through the application Moovit (within Tel Aviv). The train connects Tel Aviv with major locations throughout Israel, while buses cover a wide range of locations, both within and outside Tel Aviv.

Note that the Rav-Kav for tourists should be purchased already at the airport!

For more information, please see:

Transportation between Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem

Parts of the conference will take place at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Haifa University.

We will arrange free transportation between Tel Aviv and those cities.

Please note that the symposium will end in Jerusalem on December 15th. Afterwards, you are free to remain in Jerusalem (and to join the optional tour on Friday, December 16th) or to return independently to Tel Aviv.

There is a train from Yitzhak Navon Station in Jerusalem (near the central bus station) to Tel Aviv Savidor Center Station.

* It is recommended to check the train’s schedule on the railway’s website:



The conference offers you several hotels in Tel Aviv. All of them are located near the beach in the central area of the city, and a special price has been arranged with them for our guests.

Note! On December 15, 2022, the symposium will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ending in a Farewell Party (at about 21.30), and on December 16, 2022, there will be an optional excursion in Jerusalem (separate cost). We shall arrive in Jerusalem on December 15, 2022, in the morning. Those of you who wish to stay in Jerusalem overnight should book a hotel in the city.

Hotels in Tel Aviv

// Atlas Hotels

Atlas hotels offer a 5% discount off the normal price. You will receive an additional 5% discount after presenting the coupon code Tau1222 between December 10 to 14, 2022.

The coupon is valid until November 10, 2022.

How to use the coupon code >>

Melody Hotel

220 HaYarkon street

Tal by the Beach

287 HaYarkon street

Shalom Hotel

216 HaYarkon street

Yam Hotel

16 Yordei HaSira street

* Atlas Hotels in German:

// Fattal Hotels

Please visit

Select either Leonardo Gordon Beach or Herods Tel Aviv.

Select dates between December 8-17, 2022 (no minimum nights required).

Insert promo code BARCHET22 and complete the booking.

The special offer is valid until November 10, 2022.

Leonardo Gordon

Beach 167 HaYarkon street

NIS 700 per night for a delux room.

Please see additional details about Gordon Beach Hotel >>

Herods Tel Aviv

155 HaYarkon street

NIS 850 per night for an executive room.

Please see additional details about Herods Hotel >>

// Tel Aviv University’s Dormitories

Ten double rooms have been reserved in the Tel Aviv University dormitories between

December 10-15, 2022, for the Symposium's participants.

The rooms are situated in the Broshim dormitories complex at 20 George Wise St., Ramat Aviv (a few minutes walking distance south of the campus).

Room rate is NIS 348 per night (the room and cost can also be shared by two people).

To book a room, please contact Shimrit Ron, Symposium coordinator:

Hotel in Jerusalem

// Fattal Hotels

For booking please send your request to email:; with a copy to

Provide the following details:

Group Name: Tel Aviv University GRP - 1512-1612

Reservation number: #327876

This special offer is valid until November 1, 2022.

Leonardo Plaza Jerusalem

9 Saint George street

NIS 800 per night for a delux room.

* Note: There is a limited number of rooms availible, as this is high season in Jerusalem (before Christmas).


Touristic Info

Tel Aviv-Yafo

You might already be acquainted with tourist information about “The Non-Stop City”.

Below is the official (informative) website of Tel Aviv Municipality. It is advised to plan ahead what to do in your free time here (because there is so much to see and explore).

Please note that Tel Aviv is currently undergoing massive construction, which includes infrastructure for the light-railway, renovation of old buildings and the paving of new bicycle lanes. Consequently, some of the sites (such as Rabin Square) are actually construction sites, but can still be visited. The traffic is also influenced by this situation. It shouldn’t affect your visit, but please be aware…

For practical information >>


Info about Theatre Departments

The Department of Theatre Arts at Tel Aviv University

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Mr. Kolpert by David Gieselmann at TAU Theatre, 2022 | Directed by Riki Assor | Performed by students and graduates of the Excellence Track in Acting.

Photo: Tami Shacham

Tel Aviv University’s Department of Theatre Arts offers undergraduate and graduate studies in theatre research, acting, directing, design, and community theatre. Each of the department’s specialized tracks provides intensive and extensive training in the various aspects of the art of theatre as a complex field of knowledge and experience, bridging theory and practice. The study programs at the Department of Theatre Arts provide the option for students to complete their academic and professional education by creating theatre performances at the TAU Theatre, which is fully operated by the department. The Department of Theatre Arts is the largest and oldest such academic department in Israel.

The Department of Theatre Studies at The University of Haifa

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Photo: Eran Yardeni

The Department of Theatre at the University of Haifa offers studies for BA to PhD degrees, exploring theatre and performance as art forms forms of intervention in the lives of the communities in which they take place. This approach to theatre and performances encourages activist, artistic (artivist) social empowerment, aimed at leading to social changes. The studies in the Department combine theory and praxis, and include courses such as Theory of Performance Studies, Acting in Practice and Theory, Spaces of Performance, Community-based Theatre, and more. In addition, the Department presents two performances annually, and assists students in developing their own short, individual performances.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Department of Theatre Studies

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The Department of Theatre Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem brings together different disciplines and diverse realms of knowledge. Students are offered encounters between theory and practice and introduced to historical and geographical perspectives in the field of theatre and performance arts. A special focus is placed on the local contemporary creative scene, Jerusalem – a city that is home to unique experiments in theatre and performance. During their studies, students gain familiarity with diverse methods of analysing dramatic works, with theatre and performance, including site-specific performances, vocal performances, radio performances, and podcasts on the methodology of research-creation. The Department runs the OWL Lab, a performance laboratory founded as part of the Department of Theatre Studies at the Hebrew University in collaboration with the Mamuta Art and Research Center.

Photo: Malki Firer

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