Climate/Dress The weather in Tel Aviv in January is cool and pleasant. Occasional rain. Average temperatures range between 9-18°C / 48-64°F. Casual dress is appropriate for all conference occasions. The temperatures in Jerusalem in January are usually lower - 4-12°C / 39-53°F

Electricity
The voltage in Israel is 220-240 volt AC.

Shopping
Stores are generally open Sunday through Thursday 09:00-19:00 and Friday 09:00-14:00. Most shopping malls are open also on Saturday from one hour after sundown until 22:00. All Superpharm and Newpharm stores include a pharmacy.

Banking and Changing Money
Banks are open Sunday through Thursday 08:30-12:00, on some afternoons, and on Friday morning. Hours vary by branch. All banks are closed on Friday afternoon and on Saturday. The New Israeli Shekel (NIS or ILS) is the official currency in Israel. Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices (with no comission), most hotels and licensed exchange agencies. The current (September 10th, 2010) rate is $1 - NIS3.78/ 1 - NIS5.50. ATM could be used for money withdrawal 24 hrs/7 days a week.