2nd North American Chevra Kadisha Conference

Jewish Communal Obligations in Dying and Death

Las Vegas, Nevada June 6th - 8th, 2004


It is an exciting time for the Las Vegas Jewish Community, the fastest growing Jewish population in North America. We have matured from about 20,000 people fourteen years ago to about 100,000 today. Read more about the Las Vegas Jewish Community.

Las Vegas has 19 synagogues. All conference sessions will take place at Temple Beth Sholom, the oldest synagogue in Las Vegas and one of the newest and most modern Jewish houses of worship in the entire southwestern U.S. The state-of-the-art facility was opened on Sept. 24, 2000. Temple Beth Sholom is a dynamic Conservative congregation with a membership in excess of 600 families. The temple contains magnificent Jerusalem stone, marble and mosaics in an ultra-modern design, and is set upon a seven-acre tract in the Summerlin section of Las Vegas at 10700 Havenswood Lane. (702-804-1333). Tour the temple building.

Meals and snacks will be catered from the temple's Kosher kitchen supervised by Rabbi Yaakov Wasser Shaarei Tefila (Orthodox). Seven meals include Sunday brunch and dinner, Monday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Tuesday breakfast and lunch. Please be sure to mark on your registration form if you have special meal requirements.

We have located hotel rooms that are comfortable and inexpensive. Rooms have been reserved at the Suncoast Hotel at a rate of $77 (taxes included) per person (double occupancy). Deluxe rooms have one King or two Queen beds. This rate is only guaranteed until May 6.  Contact the Hotel directly at 1-877-677-7111 (M-F 7am-11pm S-Su 9am- 5pm Pacific Time) and give them group code Chevra Kadisha. There are a limited number of rooms at this price, so make your reservation early.

Please note that Friday and Saturday night rooms at Las Vegas hotels are very expensive. We recommend taking early flights on Sunday morning. 

The hotel is located at 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89145. There are six free shuttle runs a day from the airport to the hotel. You must make a reservation with the hotel in advance. The conference will provide shuttles from the hotel to the conference site, a 10 minute drive. If you prefer to rent a car, please let us know so we can plan shuttles accordingly.

Sunday morning will be a laid back informal conference start. At 10 am, there will be an open brunch. There will be networking and tours of the temple and its Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Garden. The conference opening plenary begins at 12:30 PM. Plan to stay through Tuesday afternoon for the Kavod v'Nichum membership meeting. 

We look forward to your arrival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable.

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