The San Diego Convention Center

We're excited to be returning to the San Diego Convention Center for the 72nd URJ Biennial Convention in December 2013. Located on sparkling San Diego Bay in the heart of a vibrant downtown, the Convention Center is just a short stroll from an exciting array of sidewalk cafes, specialty shops, and clubs in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, gorgeous waterfront parks, some of the finest restaurants in Southern California, the USS Midway and PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

Get the inside scoop on the best places to go, sights to see, and things to do while you are visiting San Diego in the San Diego Convention Attendee Guide. The San Diego Convention Center also recommends a number of tour options for attendees. Learn more about scheduling a trolley tour or hot air balloon ride, among many other exciting sight-seeing opportunities! 

We have reserved blocks of rooms at a number of San Diego hotels that are close to the Convention Center. Once your registration fee has been paid in full, you will be able to reserve a discounted hotel room at one of these convention hotels.

The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina - The 2013 URJ Biennial headquarters hotel

The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego - The 2013 WRJ Assembly headquarters hotel

Special Note for Young Adult Attendees: A special discounted room rate is available for our young adult participants (18-35) only. For additional information on this special discounted rate please contact the Biennial Hotline at 212-650-4271. You may also contact the housing bureau (information provided at the conclusion of registration) who can provide you with additional hotel information.

*Applicable taxes will be added to room rates (currently 10.5% occupancy tax, 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District assessment, and $0.23 CA Tourism Fee). Discounted guestroom rates are available three (3) days before and three (3) days after the official dates of the URJ Biennial Convention, based on hotel availability.

**Room rates are exclusive of applicable state and local taxes and fees which will be assessed at the prevailing rates at the time of your stay (currently 12.565%). Discounted guestroom rates are available three (3) days before and three (3) days after the official dates of the URJ Biennial Convention, based on hotel availability.

Getting To Biennial - Air Travel

Biennial attendees flying into San Diego International Airport (SAN) can take advantage of discounts offered by several airlines.

You may also choose to check rates on other airlines using an online travel search engine such as to make sure that you are booking the most competitive rate available. or are useful tools that provide statistically calculated predictions as to whether prices are likely to rise or fall in the coming days.

Getting To Biennial - Rail

AMTRAK offers discounts off published fares of 10% for Biennial attendees between December 6-20, 2013. To book your reservation call AMTRAK at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Unfortunately, convention discount rates cannot be booked on Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X31R-984 when making your reservation.

Getting To Biennial - Driving

Get driving directions to the San Diego Convention Center.

Getting to Biennial - Public Transportation

If you are arriving by plane or train the San Diego Convention Center is conveniently located three miles from San Diego International Airport and less than one mile from the Amtrak station. Other local transportation options include:


If you are driving to San Diego, there are public parking lots throughout the area of the San Diego Convention Center & the headquarter hotels. Parking rates may range from $15 to $25 on days when there is special event activity at PETCO Park or other downtown events. Get the complete list of parking options, prices and maps here.

Inclusion, Accessibility, and Mobility

"My house shall be a house of prayer for all people" – Isaiah 56:7

We strive to successfully include all of those who wish to participate in the Biennial convention. If you require accommodations, please share with us your needs so we can support your meaningful participation. Please make a written request to Lisa David at (212.650.4078).

We will follow up, as needed, to discuss your needs prior to the event.

The San Diego Convention Center is exceedingly large, with some distance between certain events. Attendees who wish to rent a mobility scooter should make their own arrangements with one of these companies*:

*The URJ does not endorse any of these companies. This list is provided for your convenience only although we do hope that a mobility scooter, if needed, will enhance your Biennial experience.