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JEP Albania 2023

Come and enjoy scenic and sunny Albania, with other young Jewish adults aged 27-39.

  • Enjoy the scenic Adriatic coastline
  • Relax at a premium deluxe hotel
  • Explore Ottoman and medieval historic buildings
  • Learn in fun interactive workshops
  • Enjoy delicious Glatt Kosher food.

And much much more!!!

For our Cancellation policy – Please see the Terms and Conditions section.


Please note that you must be registered on the JEP website to purchase tickets to our events. Not yet a member? Become a member now!

All prices are per person and do not include travel to / from Albania (Tirana nearest airport) or transfers to the hotel. If you pay by bank transfer please email us (info@jep.eu) a copy of your receipt from the bank as we will not see your payment for 4-5 working days and we will not know you have paid.

Extra nights before and after the event are available through JEP at our special group rates. If you request a twin occupancy extra night without a friend(s) and we are unable to match you up with another participant(s), you will be asked to upgrade to a single room.


To get these prices you must also hold a valid 1 year paid membership subscription.


EARLYBIRD SALE DEADLINE: 23:59 CEST (Belgium Time) on Thursday 19th October 2023.


This is a room where you will share with someone and with 1 x large bed + 1 x single bed. It is up to both guests to decide themselves who takes which bed in the bedroom and JEP does not take any responsibility for this. Prices are per person.

Thu-Sun Twin

Normal Price € 419

Earlybird Sale € 379

Thu-Sun Single

Normal Price € 629

Earlybird Sale € 589


  • For those people living in Albania only, we can offer these local packages for the weekend at special subsidized prices if you sign up as a FREE user on our website first. These do not include any transport to and from the venues. These will be released soon!:


We suggest that if you are able to afford these packages, you take one of these packages, to allow us to fully subsidise and assist those less fortunate participants.


This is a room where you will share with someone and with 1 x large bed + 1 x single bed. It is up to both guests to decide themselves who takes which bed in the bedroom and JEP does not take any responsibility for this. Prices are per person.

Thu-Sun / Single Room

€ 729

Thu-Sun / Twin Room

€ 519


Single Room

€ 120

per night

Twin Room

€ 60

per night

Day 1 Highlights – Thursday

Tour of Tirana

Dinner followed by Evening Party

Day 2 Highlights – Friday

Scenic Tour


Kiddush Cocktail

Shabbat Dinner

Day 3 Highlights – Shabbat

Shabbat Services


Shabbat Lunch

Group Activities

Relax & Enjoy

Gala Dinner Evening

DAY 4 Highlights – Sunday

Scenic tour with Tirana Airport drop-off


The event will start at 12:00pm in Albania on Thursday and finish on Sunday with an airport drop off at Tirana airport at approximately 3:00pm. There is only 1 airport in Tirana (Tirana – TIA) which is 45 minutes to the hotel. The cheapest taxi options in Albania are local taxis and it costs around 20-25 Euros to get from the airport to the hotel.



Lively, colourful Tirana is where this tiny nation’s hopes and dreams coalesce into a vibrant whirl of traffic, brash consumerism and unfettered fun. Having undergone a transformation of extraordinary proportions since awaking from its communist slumber in the early 1990s, Tirana’s centre is now unrecognisable from those grey days, with buildings painted in primary colours, and public squares and pedestrianised streets that are a pleasure to wander.

Read More: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/albania/tirana


The history of the Jews in Albania dates back about 2,000 years. According to historian Apostol Kotani (Albania and the Jews): “Jews may have first arrived in Albania as early as 70 C.E. as captives on Roman ships that washed up on the country’s southern shores…descendants of these captives that would build the first synagogue in the southern port city of Sarandë in the fifth century…[but] Little is known about the Jewish community in the area until the 15th century.”

In the early 16th century, there were Jewish settlements in most of major cities of Albania such as Berat, Elbasan, Vlorë, Durrës and also they are reported as well in Kosovo region. These Jewish families were mainly of Sephardi origin and descendants of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews expelled from Iberia in the end of 15th century. Present-day Albanian Jews, predominantly of Romaniote and Sephardi origin, have in modern times only constituted a very small percentage of the population.

Albania had about 200 Jews at the beginning of World War 2. It subsequently became a safe haven for several hundred Jewish refugees from other countries. At the Wannsee Conference in 1942, Adolf Eichmann, estimated the number of Jews in Albania that were to be killed at 200. Nevertheless, Jews in Albania remained protected by the local Christian and Muslim population and this protection continued even after the occupation of Albania by Nazi forces after the capitulation of Italy on September 8, 1943. At the end of the war, Albania had a population of 2,000 Jews. During the Second World War, Jews were concealed in the homes and basements of 60 families from the Muslim and Christian communities in Berat.

Today, around 40 to 50 Jews are living in Albania, most of them are living in the capital,[27] Tirana. An old synagogue was discovered in the city of Saranda and a new synagogue which is known as “Hechal Shlomo” started providing services to the Jewish community in Tirana in December 2010. A synagogue still exists in Vlorë, but it is no longer in use.


Experience a hotel full of warmth, personal attention and traditional elegance abound in this deluxe premium hotel. The hotel Spa provides its guests with an extensive range of wellness facilities, complete with a wide selection of revitalising treatments where precision is the call of the day, a fitness centre and swimming pool. The rooms and suites within the hotel are designed for your utmost comfort and relaxation. Awake from blissful sleep and absorb the views of scenic Albania below.

Each participant of the JEP Albania 2023 Event will receive the following:
  • Four or Five-Star deluxe Accommodation
  • Free WiFi Internet Access in all rooms and public areas.
  • General Room facilities
  • Free access to fitness facilities (treatments/ activities may cost extra)
  • Kosher meals
  • Entertainment and workshops
  • City Tours with professional guides – dependant on local laws and restrictions
  • Organised transport for official trip tours and visits – dependant on local laws and restrictions
  • General room service
  • Optional Parking (charged by the hotel directly to each individual)


Participants will NOT be provided with

  • Luxury items (alcoholic beverages besides Friday night, etc)
  • Additional room service (washing, dry cleaning, etc)
  • Health and other insurance


Please note:

  • Every participant should ensure that their personal insurance covers medical expenses during their stay.
  • ECJS & JEP does not take responsibility for damages done by participants (in hotel, buses and other locations). Participants are legally responsible for any damage they cause.
  • Participant must notify ECJS & JEP in advance of any illnesses, allergies or medications they are on if there is any risk of any possible side effects or reactions that ECJS & JEP should be aware of. It is the participants own responsibility to ensure they prevent such reactions / side effects taking place as much as realistically possible, and ECJS & JEP does not take any responsibility for any medical care / treatment or incidents that may happen due to a participants failure to adhere to their personal medical responsibilities.
  • By completing an event or membership registration form, the applicant gives full permission for ECJS & JEP staff, or affiliated representatives on ECJS & JEP’s behalf, to take appropriate related photographs of the applicant during an event (or pre/post event days), which may be used in any ECJS & JEP related material (e.g. marketing or supplied to sponsors), at the decision of the ECJS & JEP office.
  • Any participant may be charged the full cost of the event and sent home during the program if fraudulent information was provided on the registration form for the event or ECJS & JEP member/associate form.
  • ECJS & JEP holds the right at any time to cancel your participation if you fail to fulfil any demands or requirements of the program. In this situation the amount of refunds are at the full discretion of the ECJS & JEP office staff.

Ticket Booking Confirmation

ECJS & JEP only confirms and guarantees the booking once tickets have been purchased, approved and payment also received and approved by the ECJS & JEP office; on the basis that the participant provides a copy of his ID / Passport for security and the information supplied on the registration form is correct. Until then, ECJS & JEP does not take any responsibility for your commitment to the event. Therefore ECJS & JEP does not advise you to book your flights / travel arrangements, until you receive your confirmation from the ECJS & JEP office as before this time ECJS & JEP does not guarantee you a place to participate in the event.


Specific Requests

ECJS & JEP does its best to adhere to all specific room and event requests (such as room sharing preferences). However, in certain circumstances this may not be possible. In this situation the participant consents to the full authority of ECJS & JEP to make any changes necessary.


Local Packages

These are only for those people currently living in the hosting city holding full residency or alternatively students studying abroad/young adults working abroad, on proof of holding a local address.


Covid-19 Safety 

  • If someone is found positive with Covid-19 related symptoms, then it is the participants responsibility to decide how they wish to deal with it. ECJS & JEP will only implement any rules if local government enforces as laws. ECJS & JEP does not take any responsibility for any testing / isolation or action if the participant unless it is an enforced requirement.
  • For Covid refunds : These will be provided only if you hold a positive Covid-19 test and at a level providing ECJS & JEP obtains any refunds from any expenses laid out on your behalf (e.g. hotel / tour guides / food etc). For no other reasons. All Covid-19 related refunds are at the discretion of the ECJS & JEP office

Discount Qualification

Participants must prove financial situation warranting discount. A copy of a valid passport and/or references are required. Documents and/or letter outlining your request with contact details of either a Rabbi or Jewish community organization who can vouch for your limited finances should be sent via e-mail to info@jep.eu

If you are awarded a further “extra” discount to the advertised prices we ask that you try your best to attend every session of our program, especially the workshops and lectures, to reflect your appreciation of this donation. A thank you letter about your experiences at the event is required for our sponsors within 2 weeks following the event.

Limited availability. Discounts will be granted solely at the discretion of ECJS & JEP and its partners and special offer discounts are only valid on main event dates and exclude extra costs such as extra nights/membership fee etc.


Special Discount Offer and Early-bird Offer Period End-Date

This is the date all registration and payments must be RECEIVED by the ECJS & JEP office. It is entirely the discretion of the ECJS & JEP office staff to decide whether a participant fulfills the demands for the offers, and ECJS & JEP hold the full right to charge non-offer price if they believe this is not the case.


Group Organiser or other Special Offers

These are only applicable to you as an individual and do not apply to any other participants, for example a discount in a 2 person room is a discount on your participation rate and not for the other person sharing the room. It is entirely the discretion of the ECJS & JEP office staff to decide whether a participant fulfills the demands for the offers.


Cancellation Policy

This is the general cancellation policy.

For cancellations until 23:59 on 05 October 2023 we will refund all payment except for 50 Euros admin fee for our staff to process this cancellation. From 06 OCtober 2023 until 23:59 on 19 October 2023, we will refund 70% of your payment, providing the event sells out and we manage to re-sell your place. Otherwise we will not be able to offer a refund. After 19 October 2023, all cancellations will get no refund even for a medical emergency, except for Covid-19 related cancellation where we obtain any refund (see Covid-19 section). The reason for this deduction is due to the risk we are taking, as well as the event low prices, the longer administration process involved in changing your booking, and often involves more time and expensive phone calls trying to find a replacement.

ECJS & JEP will have already booked, ordered and paid for everything for you. We will not be able to receive refunds for any of these purchases. Please understand that ECJS & JEP is a non-profit organization. We invest over €100 for each member to attend the event beyond the member fee that was paid. With your cancellation we lose this investment as well.

This is our cancellation policy and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. You agree that by submitting any event registration form or “ticket” via our website, you thereby acknowledge that you have read and understand this permission agreement and agree to be bound by its terms and conditions.