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ECJS & JEP Summer – Rome 2021

Join hundreds of young Jews aged 18-39 for a special ECJS & JEP event, as we relaunch both organisations after the last year’s Covid pandemic.

  • Spend 4 days exploring Rome and the local area
  • Relax at a deluxe 4* hotel.
  • Explore interactive workshops and Italy’s Jewish past
  • Party the night away in traditional ECJS & JEP style
  • Enjoy delicious Kosher food.

And much much more!!!

EARLYBIRD OFFER ENDS : 23:59 CET on 27 July 2021


This event will follow all local Covid-19 regulations regarding masks, social distancing etc. All participants must provide a vaccine certificate showing second vaccine of Astrazenica, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine on or before 30th July 2021, or single vaccine J&J/Janssen vaccine on or before 15th July 2021. PLEASE NOTE: Tours and Museum entrances may be restricted / limited, due to local Italian legal Covid-19 restrictions.

If you do not have a completed vaccine certificate you must provide a RT-PCR Covid-19 test showing it was taken no earlier than 09 August 2021 or a medical certificate from a doctor / green pass confirming you have recently recovered from Covid-19 and therefore ineligible for a RT-PCR test / vaccination.

For Covid-19 Cancellation policy – Please see the Terms and Conditions section.


To attend the event, you must purchase an event ticket as per the package rates given below. Please note that you must be a registered on this JEP website as an Associate member (free account) to purchase tickets to this event. Not registered on our new JEP website? Become a member now!

NOTE:If you are outside of the JEP age group (27-39), but still eligible for ECJS (18-35), please register for this event on https://www.ecjs.me

All prices are per person. If you pay by bank transfer, please email us (info@jep.eu) a copy of the bank payment receipt as it can take 4-5 working days for us to receive your bank payment so we will not know you have paid.

Extra nights before and after the event are available through JEP at 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.


We recommend you to take the Actual Cost price but if you need assistance (on your own personal judgement) then here are special sponsored subsidised prices. Please note: If you want a Subsidized package, you must also hold a valid 1 year paid membership subscription (Basic Membership starts at 18 Euros for 1 year).

EARLYBIRD SALE END: 23:59 CET on 27th July 2021

Thu-Sun / Subsidised Twin (31-39)

Normal Price: € 329

Earlybird Price: € 279

Thurs-Sun / Subsidised Single

Normal Price: € 469

Earlybird Price: € 429


These are special sponsored prices ONLY for people who are currently living in Rome or the Rome area (with proof of residency if required). You cannot take any of these options if you do not live in the Rome region. These do not include any travel to / from venue:

We will release nearer the time “local packages” for you to participate.


Thu-Sun / Suite Room (Only 2 remaining)

€ 859

Thu-Sun / Single Room

€ 619

Thu-Sun / Twin Room

€ 439


Suite Room

€ 200

per night

Single Room

€ 120

per night

Twin Room

€ 60

per night

DAY 1 Highlights – Thursday

Tour of Historical sites

Fun Workshop

Welcome Party

Day 2 Highlights – Friday

Day trip out of the city


Kiddush Cocktail

Shabbat Dinner

Day 3 Highlights – Shabbat

Shabbat Services


Shabbat Lunch

Group Activities

Relax & Enjoy

Cocktail Dress Gala Dinner

DAY 4 Highlights – Sunday

Jewish Heritage Trip

Rome – A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities.

The result of 3000 years of ad hoc urban development, Rome’s cityscape is an exhilarating sight. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world), while monumental basilicas tell of its history as seat of the Catholic Church. Lording it over the skyline, St Peter’s Basilica towers over the Vatican, testifying to the ambition of Rome’s Renaissance popes and the genius of its game-changing architects. Elsewhere, ornate piazzas and showy fountains add a baroque flourish to the city’s captivating streets.

A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at streetside cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas – these are all central to the Roman experience. The tempo rises in the evening when fashionable drinkers descend on the city’s bars and cafes for a sociable aperitivo (drink with snacks) and trattorias hum with activity. Elsewhere, cheerful hordes mill around popular haunts before heading off to hip cocktail bars and late-night clubs.

Read more: https://lonelyplanet.com/italy/rome


The Hotel

Our hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens and  has an outdoor pool – as well as being conveniently located between the city and both airports. Rooms come with modern or classic furnishings as well as air conditioning, satellite tv and wifi.


Jewish Rome

The history of the Jews in the Roman Empire traces the interaction of Jews and Romans during the period of the Roman Empire (27 BCE – CE 476). In Rome, Jewish communities thrived economically. In the course of the 1st century CE, Christianity began to develop from Second Temple Judaism. The Christian emperors persecuted their Jewish subjects and restricted their rights.

Following the 1st-century Great Revolt and the 2nd-century Bar Kokhba revolt, the destruction of Judea exerted a decisive influence upon the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the world, as the center of worship shifted from the Temple to Rabbinic authority. Some Jews were sold as slaves or transported as captives after the fall of Judea, others joined the existing diaspora, while still others remained in Judea and began work on the Jerusalem Talmud. The Jews in the diaspora were generally accepted into the Roman Empire, but with the rise of Christianity, restrictions grew.

The Roman Ghetto was established as a result of Papal bull Cum nimis absurdum, promulgated by Pope Paul IV on 14 July 1555. The bull also required the Jews of Rome, which had existed as a community since before Christian times and which numbered about 2,000 at the time, to live in the ghetto. The ghetto was a walled quarter with its gates locked at night.

The first great upheaval since Paul IV established the ghetto came during the Napoleonic Wars. Eager to promulgate his own set of universal laws, Napoleon determined that every citizen under his rule would enjoy equal protection under the law. The Napoleonic Code eliminated many, if not all, of the special rights and privileges enjoyed by aristocratic and religious figures; conversely, they also removed the special restrictions and burdens placed on Jewish communities. In many countries, this meant an end to Jewish ghettos. Certainly Rome was no exception: when Napoleon’s forces made their triumphant entrance into the city, a special point was made of physically demolishing the old ghetto walls.

Italian prime minister Luigi Luzzatti, who took office in 1910, was one of the world’s first Jewish heads of government (not converted to Christianity). Another Jew, Ernesto Nathan served as mayor of Rome from 1907 to 1913. By 1902, out of 350 senators, there were six Jews. By 1920, there were nineteen Jewish senators. A significant train of thought inside Italian Fascism, influenced by Nazism and its race theories, actively promoted anti-Semitism. Jews were depicted both as “rootless cosmopolitan” capitalist bourgeois and as communists. However, at least until the promulgation of the 1938 racial laws, a number of Italian Jews were sympathetic to the regime and occupied significant offices and positions in politics and economy. It is estimated that some Italian Jews participated in the October 1922 March on Rome that brought about Mussolini’s ascent to power.

It is estimated that about 10,000 Italian Jews were deported to concentration and death camps, of whom 7,700 perished in the Holocaust.The surviving community was able to maintain its distinctiveness throughout the following decades and continued to have a significant role in the fields of politics, literature, science and industry. A significant event that marked the Italian Jewish community was the conversion to Catholicism of the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, in 1945.

The size of the Italian Jewish community has faced a slight but continuous drop throughout the postwar decades, partly because of emigration to Israel or the United States and partly because of low birth rates, assimilation and intermarriage, especially in the small congregations of the North. A significant increase occurred during the 1970s due to the arrival of Iranian Jews (following the ousting of the Shah) and North African Jews (mainly coming from Libya in the aftermath of Gaddafi’s seizure of power).

Each participant of the ECJS & JEP Summer Rome Event will receive the following:
  • Four-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 – depending on local legal restrictions
  • Organised transport for official trip tours and visits – depending on local legal 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 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.

Covid-19 Safety 

  • For Covid-19 related entry requirements, it is the participant’s responsibility to make sure they fulfil all border entry requirements for access to Rome (including if necessary pay for PCR or antigen tests and complete entry forms).
  • All participants must fulfil ECJS Covid-19 participation requirements including providing double vaccination certificate from on or before 30th July 2021 for Astrazenica, Moderna or Pfizer Vaccines or 15th July for J&J / Janssen Vaccine; or equivalent pre-event RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before the event starts, medical / green pass certificate of recovery from recent Covid-19 exemption to test / vaccinations; or any other requests from the ECJS office.
  • If someone is found positive with Covid-19 related symptoms, then it is the participants responsibility to isolate, get tests and take appropriate medical precautions. ECJS will try its best to assist with this where appropriately possible but does not take any responsibility for this unless it is a necessary requirement to ensure the health and safety of any other remaining participants.
  • For Covid refunds : These will be provided if you hold a positive Covid-19 test, the airline cancels your travel due to Covid-related issues or you wish to cancel your booking as you would be forced to quarantine back at home (providing this information was not published before the date you made your booking). All Covid-19 related refunds are at the discretion of the ECJS office.

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.


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 fulfils 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 fulfils the demands for the offers.


Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration until 22 July 2021, and ECJS & JEP pledges to fully refund you the event payment minus €30 administration processing fee and bank transfer fees when applicable.

If you cancel after 22 July 2021, and we are able to find a replacement, you will be refunded the event payment minus 30% and bank transfer fees when applicable, until 05 August 2021. All cancellations after 05 August 2021 will get no refund even for a medical emergency, except for Covid-19 related cancellation (see Covid-19 section). We will do our best to replace your spot once we have sold out the event for cancellations between 22 July and 05 August. The reason for this deduction is due to the risk we are taking, the longer administration process involved in changing your booking, and often involves more time and expensive phone calls trying to find a replacement.

After the deadline date, ECJS & JEP is NOT obliged to reimburse anyone for any reason whatsoever.  Reimbursement will not be given even for a medical emergency. ECJS & JEP will have already booked, ordered and paid for everything for you by this late date. We will not be able to receive refunds for any of these purchases. Please understand that ECJS 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.