Convening Schedule and Programming

Here is the preliminary schedule for the convening. More details and information and updated workshop listings will be added as we approach the convening.

 

Venue

The Convening will be held at a new and completely renovated Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) located at 130 W 30th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. CBST is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.

 

 

Accommodations

From out of town and unsure where to stay during the Convening? To assist you in searching through the widely varied and plentiful housing options that exist in New York City, we’ve attempted to narrow your search by compiling a list of hostels, hotels, and non-traditional accommodations at a variety of price points near the Convening venue.

 

Inexpensive (avg single room $80-$150 a night)

New York Budget Inn (Hostel)

YMCA Vanderbilt

American Dream (Hostel)

Mid-range (avg single room $151-$280 a night)

Hotel Pennsylvania

The Pod Hotel

The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

Luxury (avg single room $281 and above a night)

Hilton Garden Inn/w 35th St

The Gregory Hotel

Hilton New York Fashion District

Hostels

Urban Oasis (Book through hostelworld.com)

The Gershwin Hotel

Broadway Hostel

Non-traditional Accommodations

Couchsurfing

 

Airports

The New York City metropolitan area is serviced by 3 major airports: LaGuardia (approximately 9 miles away), John F. Kennedy International (approximately 15 miles away), and Newark Liberty International (approximately 15 miles away). The Convening location is accessible by public transportation, car service, and taxi from all 3 airports.

 

Subway

Subway is generally the easiest way to commute around NYC. The Convening venue is accessible by multiple subway lines. Within a 5 min walk, the venue is accessible by the 1 train at 28th Street,  A, C, E and 2, 3 trains at 34th St Penn station. B, D, F, M, N, Q, R trains are accessible by 34st Herald Square. Participants can also take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak to New York Penn Station. ***Both the 34th St Penn Station and 34th St Herald Square stations are wheelchair accessible.

 

Parking

Parking is difficult and we recommend utilizing public transportation to travel around New York City. However, if you do decide to drive, we recommend you use the pay parking lots to avoid ticketing and fines. Rates in nearby parking lots can range from $12-$30/hr.

 

Childcare

On Sunday May 1st, childcare will be provided for all children under 4 years old. It is expected that children 4 years of age and older will attend the Youth and Teen programming. As there is not organized Youth and Teen programming on Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday May 3rd, childcare will be provided to all children 13 years of age and younger. Those 14 years of age and older will be invited to attend the larger programming at their parent's discretion.

 

Accessibility

CBST is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible, and includes gender neutral restrooms. Please let us know about any other access needs you may have when you register for the convening and we will work to make your experience at the convening a great one.

 

Food/Kashrut

We will provide two meals and certain snack options throughout the day. All food will be glatt kosher and certified by a recognized and reputable certifying agency.