Meetings & Receptions
Our Reform heritage offers distinctive principles that represent a uniquely empowering message for interfaith and multi-cultural families, as well as spiritual seekers and Jews by Choice from many different backgrounds. The Society for Classical Reform Judaism works in close collegial partnership with the URJ in renewing these historic spiritual values and worship traditions, which are the shared heritage of every Reform Jew. This session, featuring rabbis and a broad variety of URJ temple members, will focus on how these principles can help our congregations more fully respond to the challenges of inclusion and accessibility for all people today, with strategies for enriching our worship and teaching to help us face the greatest challenge--and opportunity--of 21st century Jewish life.Chair: Lenore Mass, KAM Isaiah Israel, Chicago, IL
Baby boomers are the largest population in the Jewish community, and their engagement in our congregations may be a key to building thriving synagogues. Learn from UJA of New York’s SYNERGY report and URJ congregations about their insights into what baby boomers want and need from their congregational communities so you can best serve this vital cohort.Chair: Dennis Gilbert, Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY
Learn how messaging and methodologies for social media, emails, and website can build a stronger community.Chair: Scott Winter, Temple Emanuel, Roanoke, VA
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Congregants' connections to one another, to their congregation, and to Judaism are strengthened when they receive practical and spiritual support during times of transition or difficulty. Discover ways Caring/Chesed Committees can serve as models and incubators of cultures of care around illness, bereavement, aging, job loss, childbirth and adoption, and more, with the goal of involving all congregational members in sacred and supportive relationships. Online resources that help congregations create schedules for providing meals, transportation, shivah minyans and calls, challah, and welcome baskets will be shared. These acts, facilitated by the internet, enhance real person-to-person Jewish connections.Chair: Judy Kule, Temple B'nai Torah, Wantagh, NY
The faith community plays a critical role in every election. Here's how to get your congregation invovled in get out the vote (GOTV) efforts, candidate forums, and political advocacy…in line with the laws!Chair: Charles Rothschild, Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA
What was once written in jest about newspapers has often been said both about the role of social activism and the role of religion: to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Prepare for this session to make you uncomfortable. This collection of leaders lead by example in exploring and expanding the boundaries of audacious hospitality. They will lead us in conversation about one of our sacred texts, by reflecting on how that text animates their thinking and work, by engaging with participants in that conversation, and by reconnecting all of us with our core purpose.Chair: Nancy Solomon, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, New York, NY
Explore what we have learned from initiatives that share staff between congregations and camps, including Nadiv, Service Corps, and other partnership models. You will hear from camps, congregations, and consultants who will share with you the programming opportunities, community impact, and staff retention possibilities that they have seen in these approaches. Together we will explore the implications for congregational work, next steps, and pitfalls to avoid when considering these relationships.Chair: Susan Olinsky, Congregation M'kor Shalom, Cherry Hill, NJ
Want to create a robust youth engagement program in your congregation? It’s no secret that you need a dynamic individual to lead it, but how do you find, and retain, the right person who possesses the skills and qualities needed to jumpstart or elevate your program – and how do you hold onto them? Learn from experienced youth professionals who will share strategies for your congregation around building a youth engagement team and retaining quality staff. We’ll explore the composition of a full-time portfolio, contracting and measuring expectations, collaboration with lay and staff partners, and the role of continued professional development. Come with an idea for your congregation, and leave with a roadmap for implementing it.Chair: Marc Landis, Rodeph Sholom, New York, NY
Hundreds of congregations across North America are now using “Hebrew Through Movement” in their K-6 and early childhood programs. Come learn how the vocabulary of Hebrew prayers, blessings, and rituals are introduced in short, energetic lessons. This session will introduce the principles behind Hebrew Through Movement, show children in action (via video), and offer insights from education directors who are using it in their programs.Chair: Eric Bakerman, Temple Beth Torah, Wellington, FL
Join Rabbi Lennard Thal on a virtual tour of new and veteran Progressive congregations in Shanghai, Mumbai, and Japan. Rabbi Nir Barkin will introduce you to warm and welcoming Progressive communities around the world who have been transformed through their connections to Israeli congregations. Cherie Half, the consummate “shadchan,” will show you how to set up matches through the WUPJ Twinning Program. She’s had impressive successes, especially in the FSU. Carole Sterling will moderate this unique and inspiring session.
A congregational Israel trip is often a transformative experience for participants. Bringing Israelis to congregations can also profoundly impact congregants’ personal engagement with Israel, and has proven to strengthen the Jewish identity of the visiting Israelis as well. With various touchpoints for Israel engagement, we will share creative programs that are relevant both before and after a trip to Israel. For congregations with no immediate plans to visit Israel, we will discuss how to build that connection without leaving home.Chair: Mauri Willis, Temple Sholom, Cincinnati, OH
Aaron Panken, President of HUC-JIR, and Michael Marmur, its Provost, will present some ideas about the way change is understood in Jewish tradition. Is tradition antithetical to change, or is ours a tradition of change?Chair: Peter Weidhorn, Temle Shaari Emeth, Manalapan, NJ
We've invited four exciting scholars to teach a number of sessions at this year's Biennial. In this hour, each of them will make 14-minute presentations: from Leah Hochman of HUC-JIR Los Angeles, "Let's Eat Already! Jews and Food"; from Mark Washofsky of HUC-JIR Cincinnati, "Would You Kill the Fat Man? The 'Runaway Train' Dilemma and Jewish Ethics"; from Dave Mendelsson of HUC-JIR Jerusalem, "The 'High Holydays' of the Israeli National Calendar"; and from Wendy Zierler of HUC-JIR New York, "Reading and Writing to Save Our Lives."Chair: Andrew Berger, Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, OH
Track Keynote Session
At least twelve simultaneous interactive learning experiences. We will be featuring some of the most outstanding teachers and scholars in the contemporary Jewish world. Each teacher will take it in his or her own direction, but each of them will include in the hevruta-style teaching one common text – the tale of Moses' visit to Rabbi Akiva's House of Learning. We will all come together at the beginning and the end to see how a text can be transformed, and how it can transform us.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization based in Immokalee, Florida, has been a pioneer in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. In 2011, CIW launched the Fair Food Program (FFP), a groundbreaking model for Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) based on a unique partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating retail buyers. Learn about the work of the CIW, their “TomatoRabbis” partnership in the Jewish community with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and how your congregation can get involved in this nexus of food justice and human rights.Chair: Lois Simpson, Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MD, and Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD
Climate change is having a more intense and widespread impact with each passing year. As Jews we know that we have a responsibility and legacy of protecting our earth and the vulnerable communities being most strongly impacted by a changing climate. Many are choosing to take a stand by moving money out of harmful fossil fuel industries. What does fossil fuel divestment entail and is it the next step in Jewish environmental advocacy?Chair: Mitchell Faust, Temple Israel, Dayton, OH
With significant recommended changes in the formula for calculating congregational support for the Movement, and the changes already implemented in the financial assistance process, this session will discuss the recommendations of the Dues Policy Review Committee and enable you to ask specific questions regarding the proposal and its implementation. Learn how these recommendations will impact your congregation’s commitment to help fund the Movement.
Storytelling has been a part of Jewish tradition for millennia. It has helped us both understand ourselves as a people and share who we are with the world. This past year our country has witnessed deep racial injustices that have broken our hearts anew. As individual Reform Jews and as a collective Reform Movement we care deeply about racial injustice in our country. Learn from trained organizers how to craft and share the story of why you and our Movement cares about racial injustice in order to use personal and public narrative to build relationships in your own community and engage others in the work.Chair: Laurie Sobelman, Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday Evening Dinner
Finish your first day at the Biennial with an informal cookout on the pool lawn. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and meet new ones. Dinner will include Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salads, Dessert, and Non Alcoholic Refreshments. Vegetarian Options will be available. (Registration required, Rain location Palms - Sabal)
This plenary session will welcome attendees to Biennial with the rocking music of Alan Goodis and a keynote address by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Jodi Kantor, also of the New York Times, will moderate a panel with actor and activist Michael Douglas, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group (and founder of Shake Shack) Danny Meyer, and URJ Vice President April Baskin. This session will also include a tribute to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 20th anniversary of his assassination and the presentation of the Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award to Taglit-Birthright Israel in recognition of 15 years and 500,000 program participants. Charles Bronfman will accept the Eisendrath Award on behalf of Birthright. Finally, this session will include outgoing URJ Chairman Steve Sacks’ final Biennial address and a thank you to Steve for his years of service to the URJ.
An evening of comedy with Rabbi Molly Kane (Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn, NY), Rabbi David Segal (Aspen Jewish Congregation, Aspen, CO), and Rabbi Matt Soffer (Temple Israel, Boston, MA). During their seminary years, Rabbis Kane, Segal, and Soffer sought humor in the holy.Together they share their observational wit on topics ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, combining the irreverent with the sacred through stand-up, sketch, and song. These three stand-up rabbis have performed in clubs around the country, from New York City’s Comic Strip to Aspen’s Belly Up. Our tradition tells of a great sage who began every teaching with a joke. These three Rabbis pick up where he left off.
The Thursday morning plenary session will include the music of internet sensation a capella group Six13 and a panel moderated by the New York Times' Jodi Kantor, featuring NAACP President Cornell Brooks, SEIU Local 615 President Rocio Saenz, and current RAC director Rabbi Jonah Pesner. The work of the URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Partnership and the congregations that have earned Exemplar status for their disabilities inclusion efforts will be recognized during the plenary. Additionally, resolution and other business items before the Biennial will be considered and voted on during this session.
Through small group discussion we will explore how we feel and think about racism in America. We will share how racism impacts us in our own communities; react to the remarks of plenary speaker Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP; explore how our understanding of racism has deepened over the past year; and learn new ways to raise this topic within our congregations and act effectively for change.Chair: Robert Heller, Central Synagogue, New York, NY
How do we prepare for, conduct, conclude, and implement successful negotiations of clergy contracts, keeping in mind that these sensitive conversations are intended to strengthen the lay-clergy partnership? This session will address best practices to prepare for, conduct, conclude, and implement successful negotiations of clergy contracts, including an introduction to the process; recommended contract terms, conditions, and provisions; reliance upon legal counsel, consultants, and volunteers; use of Gold Book, Reform Pension Board, salary surveys, Knowledge Network, and CCAR; consideration of continuing, terminating, and emeritus contracts; and dispute resolution alternatives such as NCRCR.Chair: Judith Berg, Temple Beth Miriam, Little Silver, NJ
A follow up/part 2 to the Strengthening Congregations keynote from Wednesday afternoon. Apply the learning from the keynote to a case study that will assist in determining your role in creating the right mindset for the congregation and how your role connects with others who are also responsible in your congregation. Congregational teams and delegations are encouraged to attend together. Chair: Honey Heller, Central Synagogue, New York, NY
How have Jews from different time periods and in different places understood and defined their ideas about God? All attending will be asked to think creatively about ways to implement their own ideas about God.Chair: Charlie Rothschild, Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA
One event, two goals. Often we plan programs or events that serve to engage members and build community, but they can have an additional goal such as raising funds, learning, or even brainstorming how best to design a new building. Learn from those who have succeed in this way.Chair: Elliot Berman, Congregation Shalom, Milwaukee, WI
Explore various modes of communications and how they can articulate your brand and tell your congregational story.Chair: Kathy Goldgeiger, Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD
Join a panel of highly qualified educators and clergy to consider evidence-based ways to transform and deepen the bar and bat mitzvah experience for all young people and their families. As students experience a sense of being known, welcomed, and helped to share their unique gifts, they and their families experience the congregation as both a spiritual shelter and a gateway. This program will offer skills to engage all kinds of learners, including those with visible and invisible disabilities. Participants will learn innovative ways of teaching Hebrew and trope; creative, individualized alternatives to traditional divrei Torah; skills for helping students effectively manage anxiety and maintain focus; and strategies for building confidence and a sense of belonging. Resources will be provided for individual consultations, connection to a network of congregations working to create meaningful inclusive b'nai mitzvah, and to the URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Initiative.Chair: Janice Brumer, Temple B'nai Torah, Bellevue, WA
What can be learned from the leadership of Moses by considering excerpts from The King's Speech.Chair: Susan Abramson Lancaster, The Temple Adath Israel Brith Sholom, Louisville, KY
How do we, in North America, pray for the State of Israel? What do we pray? Should this prayer, Tefilla L’shlom HaMedina, be a regular part of our liturgy? We will study multiple versions of the prayer with an eye towards learning from the past to find words that will be meaningful for each one of us in our lives today.Chair: Miriam Daniel, Temple Sinai, Washington, DC
Experimentation is taking place throughout our congregational schools. New models for engaging students and their families have been developed. Come learn what new ideas can invigorate your program.Chair: Skylar Cohen, Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton, CA
Mark Washofsky will raise some of the most pressing issues of contemporary bioethics, and show how Jewish law grapples with them. Is genetic engineering the face of the future or the end of the world?Chair: Connell Saltzman, Temple Emanuel, Denver, CO
See how the Biennial worship experience is based around the URJ priorities of Audacious Hospitality, Tikkun Olam, and Strengthening Congregations. There will be transferrable ideas that you can integrate once you return home so that you can make your worship priorities a stronger reality.Chair: Marilynn Rothstein, Temple Beth Orr, Coral Springs, FL
Learn how Reform congregations are redefining the b'nai mitzvah service project, creating lasting relationships between families and service agencies, and affecting real change in their members and their greater communities.Chair: Andrew Keene, Congregation Shalom, Milwaukee, WI
(For large congregations. Part 1 of 2.) Design thinking is a hands-on, optimistic, human-centered approach to designing innovative initiatives, and invites participants to roll up their sleeves and tackle big challenges with zest. This session will build on the one presented at the Large Congregations Meeting last January but will also be applicable for those in large congregations new to this exciting concept. Participants will gain exposure and familiarity with the framework, and will leave with ideas about to how to apply it in their work. Part 2 (Thursday, 2:15 – 3:30 pm) will demonstrate real-life, successful applications of this approach in a large congregation.Chair: Jan Epstein, Temple Sinai, Atlanta, GA
With recent outbreaks of preventable disease, the "anti-vax" movement has gained notoriety, and so have the perils of its efforts. Learn about the negative effects this movement can have on the faith community, what the Reform Movement is doing to respond, and how your congregation can be proactive in protecting its members.Chair: Sean Blum, Congregation Beth Chaim, Princeton, NJ
Managing an organization devoted to sacred community is done best when built on a foundation of both good governance and Jewish values. Employing best practices of governance allows for professional and lay leadership to work from a stable structure in order to focus on relationships and scared partnerships. Collaborative partnership is best equipped with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. When congregations build and develop as well-run organizations, spiritual fulfillment is priority and reality. This includes a regular examination of your by-laws and governance structure. Perhaps the way in which “we have always done it” is no longer working for the congregation and it is time to try something new. We need to ensure that whatever we do and however we are structured that it empowers our lay leaders and strengthens our congregation.Chair: Ronnie Cohn, Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY
From the Book of Psalms to Israel's Declaration of Independence, King David and David Ben-Gurion have shaped Jewish history and Jerusalem's destiny like no others. In this session, links and intersections between these two Davids are explored, from the perspective of our Jerusalem campus on King David Street.Chair: Alan Zeichick, Temple Chai, Phoenix, AZ
With mission, vision, and values statements as the framework of strong congregations, the yearly synagogue budget needs to reflect these statements as well. We will discuss how to most effectively achieve this so your congregation can demonstrate that they indeed are practicing what they preach.Chair: Richard Heinrich, Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL
Alternative dues models are a hot topic, including free-will, basic level, gradual on-boarding--and hybrids of them all. Yet changing your dues model is not sufficient as money matters are deeply connected to membership engagement. Listen to some new alternative models for financially supporting congregations and providing ideas on best principles of membership engagement/connection and financial health.Chair: Ron Cohen, Community Synagogue, Rye, NY
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Learn about Ayeka's approach to adult learning based on the concept of acquiring Jewish knowledge in such a way that it not only enters our minds, but also reaches our hearts, souls, and everyday lives. Come learn how you might be a facilitator in your congregation.Chair: Barry Epstein, Temple Shalom, Dallas, TX
Learn the difference between these key foundational statements and the process to develop them for your own congregation.Chair: Bill Norman, Touro Synagogue, New Orleans, LA
In this experiential workshop, participants will explore -- through fun, silliness, and subtle on-your-feet work -- what it feels like and looks like to welcome other people in. The goal: to become more aware of the constant nonverbal messages we all send each other, so that each of us can become better and more fully aligned with the welcoming mission of our communities. No prior theater experience required, and no need to particularly love being a ham. Instead, in a safe environment of play and exploration, we will discover together how to better embody hospitality.Chair: Martin Dodd, Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, CA
Sometimes it feels like audacious hospitality and financial solvency are at odds. What are the Jewish values embedded in each? Can we use Jewish wisdom to reconcile these conflicts? This panel will include congregations that have successfully tackled these challenges and translated them into practical actions. Offered in conjunction with ARJE, ECE-RJ, and NATA.Chair: Elliott Jacobson, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, ON
In 1790 George Washington wrote a letter to the Jews of Congregation Yeshuat Israel in Newport, Rhode Island. Gary P. Zola, Director of the American Jewish Archives, will present and interpret the text and context of this remarkable document.Chair: Mauri Willis, Temple Sholom, Cincinnati, OH
This essay was published by the Hebrew poet and critic Hava Shapiro in 1930. Wendy Zierler, an expert in the work of Shapiro and in the emergence of modern Hebrew women's writing, considers the importance of the essay and the growth of feminist consciousness in modern Jewish life.Chair: Barbara Shuman: Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA
Since the inception of the Campaign for Youth Engagement, many URJ congregations have been exploring new models and approaches for keeping their teens involved in synagogue post-b’nei mitzvah. In this session we will explore a framework for understanding youth engagement and learn from congregations who have turned their programs around and significantly impacted the number of teens involved in congregational life.Chair: Mark Anshan, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, ON
In 1783 Moses Mendelssohn published a book that was to change the course of modern Jewish life. Leah Hochman, an expert on Mendelssohn, explains who he was and why this work is thought of as a foundational work.Chair: Barry Friedfertig, Temple of Universal Judaism, New York, NY
(For large congregations. Part 2 of 2.) Using the concepts and framework learned in Part 1 of this session, we will explore concrete applications, using successful programs that have benefited from this process. We will see how Design Thinking generates creative thinking, assures that you consider all your congregational constituencies and engages a wider circle of people in building programs uniquely suited for your congregation. This systematic highly engaging process can potentially transform the way things get done in your community.
Join us to explore innovative models of engagement in the Jewish world. Using the example of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism’s diverse grassroots initiatives, we will explore effective methodologies for tapping into new audiences and engaging the unengaged. Learn to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities for building inclusive, accessible, and exciting models for Jewish communal life.Chair: James Cherney, Temple Sinai, Denver, CO
There are important skills that help to facilitate conversations which, in turn, lead to strong outcomes and thoughtful decisions. Key elements of these skills will be taught and practiced during this session.Chair: Jerry Somers, Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead, MA
How do we create our personal Torah of leadership using Jewish values as our guide? Leaders in our Movement will personally reflect on this and you will have the opportunity to consider your own.Chair: Ted David, Congregation Beth Yam, Hilton Head, SC
Jewish communities and organizations around the world constantly face many challenges to achieving their goals and ensuring the vibrancy of Judaism for years to come. Using the tools, concepts, and practices from Ron Heifetz, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow, we will explore the practice of adaptive leadership and how this process can transform the way we think about and address challenges in Jewish life. In this learning session, we will learn about the key concepts of adaptive leadership and use them to tackle the challenge of audacious hospitality, including properly diagnosing the situation, intervening in the situation with smart experiments, and exploring the roots of “welcoming the stranger” in Judaism. By the end of the session, participants will have a thorough understanding of the process of adaptive leadership and will be able to apply this understanding to challenges confronting their congregations or organizations in order to aid them in their journey towards transforming Jewish life in the 21st century.Chair: Stephanie Garry, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, NY
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How, exactly, do we implement a mentality of welcoming in the Jewish community? This session assists congregations in preparing for culture change, and for understanding how learning to embrace one person paves the way for greater inclusion of all people. Using as a case study the recent successes at Eisner Camp and Camp Newman in embracing transgender campers, explore strategies for developing sound policy rooted in Jewish values, for educating and enfranchising leadership, and for opening your lens and ability to be a completely welcoming community.Chair: Jane Rips, Temple Israel, Omaha, NE
Over the past two and a half years, NFTY has built a robust campaign to address the issue of gun violence that has affected dozens of communities in North America. We not only learned about the issue, but also uncovered many unique nuances of mobilizing teens and young adults in meaningful social justice campaigns. Teens and adults will share some of our learning and help you and your congregation develop a plan to join us in saying #notonemore unnecessary death from gun violence.Chair: Les Atkinson, Temple Emanu El, Orange Village, OH
An opportunity to meet with, learn from and ask questions of congregational leaders who are driving b'nai mitzvah innovations in their congregations. Expand what you know about how b'nai mitzvah preparation and celebration happens as you imagine what it could look like in your community.Chair: AnnDee Levy, Stephen Wise Temple, Los Angeles, CA
The Judaism imagined by the Rabbis of the Talmud and their forerunners placed the concept of mitzvah, commandment, at its very heart. The project of modernity as it has played out over the last centuries has privileged the notions of freedom and choice. Are these two approaches on collision course, or can some accommodation be reached? Might it be that freedom and commandment can enrich each other?Chair: Cindy Mirsky, Temple Beth El of South Orange County, Aliso Viejo, CA
Since the Americans with Disability Act was passed 25 years ago, advocates have had to introduce and campaign for many new pieces of legislation, including those that outline the basic civil rights of people with disabilities and help judges understand who the disabled are. Despite some victories, there is much ground left to cover. This session will examine the basic civil rights still not afforded to people with disabilities, focusing on the importance and power of interreligious coalitions to make legislative change. Learn about first hand opportunities for you and your congregation to form interfaith partnerships around disability rights, using the authority of religious values and language to influence decision makers.Chair: Stephen Sherman, Temple Beth Sholom, Santa Ana, CA
The future of any congregation depends on a pipeline of educated and committed lay leaders. Learn about successful leadership models and the URJ's new leadership development program.Chair: Lois Rubin, Congregation Kol Tikvah, Parkland, FL
How can members of Reform congregations respond to racial injustice? The Reform Movement is leading and supporting congregations to address racial injustice in America on many levels—on the personal level, within their congregation, locally, statewide, and nationally. Come talk with Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, and RAC and Just Congregations leadership to hear and react to how this campaign is evolving and to consider how your congregation will take its next steps. We strongly encourage rabbis and congregants to participate together as a congregational team.Chair: Elliott Jacobson, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, ON
Learn with congregations experienced in and committed to creating communities that are safe and welcoming for individuals and families living with mental illness. Mental Illness affects one in five people. Participants will learn how to form and facilitate support groups, discover spiritual tools for responding to mental illness, and consider simple ways congregations can reach out to those living with mental illness and their families. Together, congregations can succeed in addressing the despair, isolation, and stigma that surround mental illness as they engage individuals and families that might otherwise be lost to our congregations.Chair: Hannah Moore, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA
(For large congregations.) Longstanding governance models can be cumbersome and outdated. In an effort to align with new mission and vision statements, congregations are creating streamlined governance models for greater efficiency and deeper engagement.Chair: Stuart Leeman, Congregation Kol Tikvah, Parkland, FL
The Zionist idea was not only a political program that sought to create a Jewish state, but also an attempt to define Jewish identity in national terms. This presentation will begin by examining the Zionist notion of creating a "new Jew," and how this evolved to become the sabra. Later, following the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars, Israel experienced major struggles over its national identity. Veteran immigrant communities began to assert themselves, and old-new and new voices—among them Arabs, settlers, haredim, immigrants from the FSU, and post-Zionists--attempted to take on the "center."Chair: Tom Abelson, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Cleveland, OH
Ayeka's approach to Jewish learning enables teachers to engage students with traditional Jewish wisdom in a way that also fosters personal connection, meaning, and relevance. Ayeka trains rabbis, synagogue professionals, and lay leaders to facilitate small groups that build personal relationships with both the subjects and other group participants. This session is meant for staff members who would serve as mentors to the lay leaders who facilitate the learning.Chair: Lawrence Vogel, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA
Using examples from contemporary film and literature, this presentation looks at the ways in which biblical themes and characters have been portrayed and transformed in modern culture. What does this tell us about the significance of the Bible in contemporary life? Are we struck more by the gulf that divides the ancient from the modern, or the links that bind them together?Chair: Diane Shattls, B'nai Sholom Congregation, Huntington, WV
In this session, leaders from a number of communities will share their experiences and successes with the life-transforming thought and practice of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar. Participants will learn practical and accessible methods through which they can guide others along proven pathways for cultivating the qualities of the innerlife.Chair: Marlene Levenson, Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA
Social action doesn't require a big budget! Learn how some of the smallest congregations are engaging in effective tikkun olam programming for little or no money, and discover how the Reform movement can help advance your agenda.Chair: Meryl Alalof, Congregation Children of Israel, Augusta, GA
Leading Change author and Harvard Business School professor John P. Kotter has said, “We learn best–and change–from hearing stories that strike a chord within us.” Come hear personal stories of Jewish journeys that illustrate the best principles of successful no or low-barrier Audacious Hospitality programs, such as URJ’s A Taste of Judaism®, Introduction to Judaism, and PJ Library®, that enable individuals and families – unaffiliated Jews, families with young children, seekers, interfaith, LGBTQ, Jews of color, etc. – to take the first step in their Jewish journeys. In small groups, we will explore what we can learn from the stories and programs and how we can create safe, inclusive, and user-friendly outreach opportunities in our own synagogues. How can we reach out to and empower others – so that in the future, they too can tell transformational stories of their own Jewish journeys?Chair: Ellen Bittner, Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY
This session traces the ideas and notions that have captivated—sometimes dominated—Jewish thought for the last couple hundred years. Those ideas include God, the roles God has played for the People Israel and the meaning of God, human agency, the power of an individual to act independently, and the responsibility that Jews have (or might not have) both for Jews and for non-Jews. Those notions lead to the most dominant Jewish concern of the 20th century: the question of survival. Survival, interestingly enough, leads us directly back to God.Chair: Scott Sager, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn, NY
The constitutional principle of church-state separation ensures that house of worship are free to live according to the teachings of their faith. The Reform Movement has long advocated for robust separation, but every year the line seems to be more blurred. Hear from experts on the current landscape of church/state issues, and how they impact your congregation. Topics will include security funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, early childhood education funding, legal rights and obligations your congregations has when taking political stands, and more.Chair: Jan Epstein Temple Sinai, Atlanta
Thursday Evening Dinner
Please join us for a dinner in support of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Highlights to include: International Humanitarian Award Presented to Rabbi Lennard Thal and Installation of Rabbi Daniel Freelander as WUPJ President. Evening will also include special international guests. (Registration required)
The Thursday evening plenary session will feature the presidential address by Rabbi Rick Jacobs as well as highlights of the URJ’s work over the last two years. The session will also include music by Josh Nelson and Neshama Carlebach, and a special focus on the URJ’s youth programming, including NFTY President Jeremy Cronig and URJ Vice President Miriam Chilton.
An intimate evening with Julie Silver, Peri Smilow, Beth Schafer, and Michelle Citrin. You've been singing their music - now get to know them and the stories behind their songs. Join us for this special evening when four leading ladies of contemporary Jewish music come together to share their internationally acclaimed music and the stories of their personal Jewish journeys.
The Friday morning plenary session will feature the presentation of the Debbie Friedman Award to Rabbi Danny Freelander for his lifelong commitment to Jewish music and the Reform Movement. Jodi Kantor will moderate a panel with the youngest member of the Knesset, and leader of the Tel Aviv protest movement, Stav Shaffir, Haaretz columnist and author Ari Shavit, and URJ President Emeritus Rabbi Eric Yoffie. Musical performance by the Nefesh Mountain Bluegrass Band of Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg with fiddler, Gary Oleyar.
In this keynote session, our scholars present texts that will not let them rest. What are the sources (taken from wherever the scholars choose) that refuse to leave them alone when classes are over? What sources can't be "controlled" or "explained," but continue to challenge and transform them? All attending will be asked to offer their own choice of transformational texts.Chair: Marzy Bauer, Temple Beth-El, South Bend, IN
Learn how congregations are actively innovating and partnering with other faith groups to provide emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness while also helping move individuals and families into permanent housing.Chair: Louis Grossman, Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MAView presentation materials for this session in The Tent ».
Technology has provided us with creative ways to engage students and to address the challenges of the congregational school. Experience some of the extraordinary resources that are now available and see how a combination of face-to-face and online instruction as part of a purposeful education design can improve student motivation and engagement, help personalize learning, and involve parents.Chair: Lin Sunshine, Temple Sinai, Denver, CO
Working in sacred partnership strengthens congregations. Lay/professional teams will discuss how they have developed their sacred partnerships and have created a shared language and vision together.Chair: Jane Aronoff, Temple Kol Emeth, Marietta, GA
Achieving inclusive and successful educational and social programming requires staff and lay leaders with particular skills, confidence, and commitment to address the needs of children of all ages. With upwards of 20% of children having some form of disability (including learning disabilities, communication disorders, physical disabilities, and autism), failing to welcome and engage these families is a huge loss for them and for our communities. Participants will gain confidence, learn strategies, and discover networks and resources to gain the skills to meet the social, educational, and spiritual needs of all children and families. Many congregations have found innovative ways to make it possible for a member of the staff to facilitate successful inclusion approaches; in this workshop participants will work collaboratively to evolve ways that their congregation can achieve this.Chair: Richard Brenner, Temple Kol Emeth, Marietta, GA
For decades, the Religious Action Center's L’Taken Social Justice Seminars have been a force for change, educating young people about the deep Jewish underpinnings that inspire our pursuit of justice and with tools for advocacy. This session will explore ways the L’Taken experience can extend beyond Washington and impact your congregation and community. Hear from congregations that have successfully and creatively used L’Taken as a springboard for ongoing engagement and justice work.Chair: Jane Wishner, Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM
Explore legal questions and problems, steps to take, and possible ways and means for your congregation's lay leadership, using professional staff, outside consultants, and volunteers, to find workable solutions. Subject matter featuring real-life scenarios to be considered will include: membership, business contracts, building and facilities, personnel policies, employment relations and workplace discrimination, independent contractors, publications and defamation, social media, streaming and intellectual property, security concerns, insurance requirements, and more.Chair: Abbey Shepard-Smith, Temple Dor Dorim, Weston, FL
All too often, workers must choose between their health--or that of their families--and their job. Learn about current federal legislation that could mandate Paid Family Leave, how the concept works, and why it is important not only for the immediate health and financial security of workers and their families, but also the U.S. economy as a whole.Chair: Cheryl Guttman, Temple Sholom, Chicago, IL
Lord Almighty, King, Ruler, Judge, God, Master. What’s your favorite name for the G-word? None of the above? What about Infinite, Divine, Mystery, Presence, Spirit, Source? What exactly do you mean by “OMG”? Do you ever hear people say, “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual”? Whether we are embracing or we are wrestling with the One, how does our spiritual language reflect who and where we’re at now? Everyone, in every moment, is making meaning out of life. And within our Judaism, our liturgy, poetry, story, magic words, magic numbers, sacred objects, sacred choreography, and sanctuaries, we explore everything from mindfulness to mortality. Though many in our community love the spirituality, they often reject the Spirit. Or perhaps it’s just the presentation. Could re-packaging our name and usage for “God” create a safer space for spiritual exploration? In this workshop we’ll interactively explore the “God talk” not only in our liturgy, but also in how we relate to each other in everyday Jew-inclusive sacred community conversation. In dedication to universal outreach and engagement, let’s workshop some new G-language.Chair: Ken Kramer, Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD
Carefully developed mission, vision, and values statements should be guideposts for all synagogue decisions and programming. The session will include how to create programs that reflect these statements and how to align existing programs with them as well.Chair: Michael Price, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodef Zedek, Chester, CT
A senior rabbinic transition is a pivotal time in a congregation's life. Consideration of appropriate "farewells" to the retiring senior rabbi and "hellos" to the incoming senior rabbi are key elements. But there is so much more. The changes in every facet of the congregation (staff, members, religious school, governance, etc.) need to be recognized, considered, and addressed with sensitivity for feelings of loss and anticipation for what lies ahead. It is that careful understanding of the ending that will create the fertile field for a new beginning. Join leaders representing small, medium, large, and very large congregations who have led successful transitions in their congregations to explore this important topic.Chair: Brian Schuster, Temple B'nai Torah, Bellevue, WA
With U.S. Congress approval ratings at record lows, advocates are turning to state legislatures in pursuit of a variety of social justice campaigns. Learn from the staff of the Religious Action Center and several congregations that have mounted successful advocacy campaigns on a state or local level. Together we’ll explore how to effectively choose your legislative priorities, what are best practices in organizing your community, and do’s and don’ts of lobbying as a Reform Jewish and non-profit entity.Chair: Lisbeth Ornstein, Temple Sinai, Rochester, NY
Learn how synagogue schools have been partnering with local Jewish day schools (from pre-K to high school) to enrich their program and, in turn, support the growth of the day school. These connections tackle misconceptions of competition and enable families and youth to be more meaningfully engaged in local Jewish life.Chair: Mark Sass, Valley Temple, Cincinnati, OH
It is said that past president is the most coveted title in congregational life. But is this really so? If you have recently or will soon complete your tenure and have mixed feelings of relief and loss, join us to learn how to continue making a difference in your community and the larger Reform Jewish world.Chair: Mike Eisenman, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Richmond, VA
Often we think of development and fundraising as a necessary task that helps our congregations to maintain financial stability. Yet all financial matters can be seen as a sacred task. This session will help you to see the sacred in the realm of finance.Chair: Lauren Racoosin, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC
We have all measured our success by how many people attended our programs, if there was enough food, and how happy people seemed to be while there. While these are important measures that we cannot ignore, they are also not sufficient to examine our success. Wanting to create congregations with a stronger connection with those who attend anything we create, we must think about how we help people develop relationships with the congregation and with other individuals, and find meaning in what they are experiencing. This session will explore how to measure relationships, meaning, and impact to gain a deeper understanding of success.Chair: Jay Gellman, Temple Beth Orr, Coral Springs, FL
The consensus model of decision making is one that allows all voices to be heard, encourages participation, and guarantees that all will leave the meeting feeling invested in the decision. Allowing structured time for discussion removes the "win-lose" stigma of decision making and gives space for all voices.Chair: Irving Freeman, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, IN
Free will dues? Scaled dues? Basic dues? New dues models are the hot topic in the Jewish world. Large congregations have a unique lens through which they must examine options to determine what is best for these complicated communities. Join us to share learnings among this cohort.Chair: Edward Burger, Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT
With the current research on adult engagement in Jewish life as a framework, we will learn about successful models in this area and using group interaction we will consider the practical applications to your congregations.Chair: Jane Taves, Temple Beth El, Madison, WI
You never write... You never call... No, not your mother...your temple. How we connect to the community begins with the first contact people make with our organizations. To ensure that the first impression is the one you want, learn the key elements of audacious hospitality that will boost your telephone, web, or social media presence. Taking a page from the early childhood educators' "handbook," learn the skills that foster those initial connections and lead to lifelong relationships and thriving communities.Chair: Stephen Sherman, Temple Beth Sholom, Santa Ana, CA
Direct service is vitally important work that will never truly end hunger in our country, but meaningful change IS within our grasp. At this session, join lay and staff leaders from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger for a conversation about what advocacy is, why advocacy is important, and how we can have an even greater impact on our community and across North America by adding advocacy to more traditional congregational anti-hunger efforts.Chair: Ronni Pressman, Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ
Learn how the North American Commission on Rabbinic Congregational Relations (NCRCR), a joint commision of the URJ and Central Conference of American Rabbis, assists congregations and rabbis when tensions arise.Chair: Elliot Paull, Temple B'nai Torah, Bellevue, WA
How does the recent rise in discussion about religious liberty vis-a-vis civil rights law (most notably LGBT equality) reflect a possible shift in the balance between the two? How can we as people of faith enter this conversation and demonstrate that supporting civil rights and supporting religious freedom do not have to be in conflict? What role can our synagogues have in fostering constructive positive dialogue on religion and public life?Chair: Donald Leibowitz, Congregation Beth Chaim, Princeton, NJ
Reform congregations across the United States have responded to racial injustices of the past year--in St. Louis, Baltimore, Cleveland, Charleston, and beyond. Learn how several congregations are building relationships, acting as allies, and/or pursuing public policy changes in coalition with African American partners. These examples will both inspire you and give you concrete ideas about how your congregation can take similar steps.Chair: Diane Baer, Temple Beth Am, Seattle, WA
Recent terrorist acts, anti-Semitic rhetoric, vandalism, and violence from extremists in Paris and other parts of Europe have left Jewish communities in confusion and frustration as they try to come to terms with a new-old reality. Hear first-hand experiences and responses from Reform Jewish leaders around the world.Chair: Cindy Mirsky. Temple Beth El of South Orange County, Aliso Viejo, CA
There are well established placement processes for rabbis, cantors, executive directors, and educators. The placement directors for these staff will share with you the process, pitfalls to avoid, and the best ways to go about finding a good match for your congregation.Chair: David Kasakove, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, NY
(For congregational presidents.) The role of congregational president is one filled with commitment and purpose. However, the many demands of the position often elicit pressure and stress, especially as we attempt to achieve balance in our lives. Dr. Robert Brooks will offer realistic strategies for anticipating and managing stress more effectively and engaging in activities that nurture a sense of meaning and fulfillment. Many examples will be used.Chair: Geraldine Mund, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
When we connect with the magic within us, Jewish life becomes a playground on which we can explore new possibilities for our communities. We will learn how our congregations are comprised of individual people whose unique creative talents are waiting to be discovered. Learn how to gather ideas from unexpected corners of your synagogue and then be ready to say, “Yes!” when they’re ready to work with you to make it happen. We will practice with each other techniques to quell the voices of judgement, cynicism, and fear that stunt our growth. Only by taking risks can we reach the goals we’ve set!Chair: Mark Oster, Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY
The Reform Movement has long been a faith leader in welcoming gay and lesbian Jews into our community. As our understandings of sexual orientation and gender identity have grown, many now recognize the need to take concrete steps to foster more welcoming communities for transgender Jews. Learn what your congregation can do to be audaciously hospitable to people of all gender identites.Chair: Mark Buchbinder, Temple Beth Am, Miami, FL
From Generation to Generation – before there was the written word, we had our stories. Shared across time and through the generations Jewish stories and song have inspired us to laugh, cry, change ourselves and the world. Sit with master story tellers Jerry Kaye, Rabbi Leora Kaye and Cantor Rosalie Boxt for an evening of story and song.
Torah Study Breakfast
Shabbat Lunch Sessions
Yes, Virginia, there is Jewish spirituality, and it is more than fluff. It runs deep through Jewish texts and practice, and constitutes a distinctively Jewish way of being in the world. This thoughtful Jewish spirituality lies at the very heart of how Jews pray, why we study, why Israel matters, and the underlying theme of exile and home that runs like a steady current through the Bible, the Rabbis, Kabbalah, and who we are today. It connects the dots in our lives, and convinces us that we matter.
Learn from Allison Fine, author of Matterness: Fearless Leadership for a Social World, the framework for understanding why people and organizations matter so much to each other right now and what is required for organizational success in this second wave of social media.
In 2014, the American Conference of Cantors traveled to Israel and presented concerts in Haifa and Jerusalem. Join the cantors as they perform highlights from those concerts and sing other music that celebrates Israel and her rich musical culture.
In My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, Ari Shavit writes and talks about his native country with a deeply personal understanding of the idealistic mission of its founding with clear-eyed objectivity of the problems it must confront in order to secure its future. Join Shavit for a conversation about Israel beyond the standard political landscape.
Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.Three new books reexamine the Bible, raising new questions and bringing fresh ideas to the table. Joel Hoffman explores what has been left out of the modern-day Bible and why; Aviya Kushner explores how meanings within the Bible shift when translated into English after having embarked on a ten-year journey to study translations and translations of translations; and in Michal Lemberger’s short story collection, she gives the often marginalized women in the Hebrew Bible a voice.
Join Ron Wolfson for a “lunch and launch” of his new book, The Best Boy in the United States of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses (Jewish Lights Publishing). In this entertaining presentation of his hilarious and heartfelt memoir of spiritual discovery, Ron will have you laughing, crying ... and gleaning inspiring life lessons all the while. Called—and called to be—the “best boy” by his beloved Zaydie, Ron tells tales of growing up in a warm Jewish family, encountering colorful characters like the merchants of Omaha and the famous Warren Buffett, navigating adolescence and learning to never underestimate his mother. Dropping out of Hebrew school after his (double) Bar Mitzvah, he rediscovers Judaism in his synagogue youth group, unexpectedly becomes an educator in college, marries his junior high school sweetheart, transforms his own young family into a laboratory for creative Jewish living, and enjoys (too much) Jewish foods that begin with the letter “k.” His stories of the Jewish boomer experience in America will resonate with those who lived it and with their adult children who seek to shape stronger families, create relational communities and take individual spiritual journeys that lead to a life of joy and laughter, meaning and purpose, and, yes, blessings and kisses. Best of all, everyone will receive an autographed complimentary copy of The Best Boy in the United States of America, courtesy of the Kripke Institute’s Center for Jewish Family Literacy.
Anita Diamant's 2014 novel Boston Girl begins with a question a granddaughter asks her grandmother, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?" From there, Diamant constructs the story of Addie, born in 1900 and raised in Boston, the youngest daughter in a family of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Hear from Diamant about the motivation behind the signature combination of friendship, feminism and historical precision in her work.
For those seeking to connect more deeply with their Judaism, and for all in search of a contemplative approach to the themes of the fall season, poet and scholar Marcia Falk recreates the holidays’ key prayers and rituals from an inclusive perspective. Learn about this work from Falk’s book, The Days Between, a meaningful alternative or supplement to the traditional liturgy for individuals, families, synagogues, and communities small and large.
The Delicate Dance: Israel and American JewsAn unconventional look at the always frustrating, frequently funny, often infuriating, and generally inspiring relationship between North American Jews and the State of Israel. We will set aside the clichés and the platitudes that dominate our discussions of Israel. Instead, we will consider what it is that really connects us to the Jewish State and how those connections play out in our synagogues and our daily lives as Reform Jews.
In Ron Lieber’s The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, he puts forward a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years. Lieber will help us identify a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and he will share how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic.
The Reform Movement is today a vibrant and growing voice for pluralistic Judaism in Israel. Learn about its history, the challenges it faces, the current situation, where the Movement should be 10-20 years from now, and how to get there. Speakers will be Larry Wolff, author of a recent paper on the movement’s history, and Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
Traveling in Europe in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, Glenn Kurtz’s grandfather captured three minutes of ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland on 16mm Kodachrome color film. More than seventy years later, through the brutal twists of history, these few minutes of home movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community—an entire culture—annihilated in the Holocaust. Hear from Kurtz about the four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s images that became his book Three Minutes in Poland.
Join Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives, for a discussion of Lincoln’s image, influence, and reputation among American Jews. As detailed in his 2014 book We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History, Dr. Zola will use primary source documents to consider how Lincoln acquired his exceptional reputation among American Jews and how, over the past century and a half, this fascinating relationship has evolved.
Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council. With intermarriage on the rise -- according to the recent Pew Survey of Jewish Americans the rates have substantially increased over the past five decades -- it remains a topic of conversation across Jewish institutional life. Through humor, wit, and drama, these three authors bring a different perspective to the table, as each explore interfaith families in their works of fiction, bringing stories to life and adding layers of nuance to the larger conversation
Shabbat Afternoon Performance
This plenary session will feature a tribute to, and address, by U.S. Ambassador and former Religious Action Center (RAC) Director, Rabbi David Saperstein, as well as an address by US Vice President Joe Biden. This session will also include havdallah led by Doug Cotler.
In partnership with Northlands Community Church, join other URJ Biennial attendees in giving back to the central Florida community. Spend your Sunday morning with the Seminole Work Opportunity Program (SWOP), a nonprofit organization that provides adult day training, work opportunities, and other services for adults in Seminole County with developmental disabilities. Be inspired (and perhaps perspire a bit, as well) as we work alongside clients of the organization to renovate and clean-up SWOP's building and land.
SWOP’s facility has many needs, and we will have an opportunity to assist in a variety of tasks – from landscaping to painting, sorting and filing to general cleanup. We recommend bringing clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Sneakers would be appropriate, as well.
We are lucky to be joined by many of the adults who are served by SWOP for the day, as well as members of the Northlands Church, our partner agency in this endeavor. They will work side-by-side with us to beautify and update the SWOP facility.
Northlands Church has generously agreed to provide lunch for all attendees. Their mobile food truck will be onsite to provide sustenance while we work.
We will depart from the Convention Center Bus Loop at the Marriott World Center at 9:00am. The bus ride will last approximately 45 minutes. Schedule:
Join other Biennial attendees for a morning on the course - participate in our Biennial Golf Tournament. Player fee: $99+tax. Includes green fee, golf cart, bag handling, and all tournament services.
Today's leading organizations have a distinctive kind of culture in which employees believe in their leaders and the company's mission, values and goals. These employees are not only engaged, but also enabled and energized, which leads to astonishing results - average annual operating revenues three times higher than companies lacking such a positive culture. Chester Elton presents on this information and more as he takes you through the journey of culture creation and adaptation, offering tangible takeaways that you can implement in your congregation, your organization, your company, or anywhere in your life.
Learn from experts at the iCenter, an organization working to advance high-quality, meaningful and innovative Israel education, as we focus on sharing best practices around Israel engagement. From approaches to conflict education to the first Israeli spacecraft landing on the moon, come to this session to discover and explore diverse resources and portals for engaging your community with authentic Israel learning and experiences.
Park admission tickets must be purchased on your own. No return transportation offered.
Experience the joy of prayer - a different kind - at the Northlands Church's Sunday morning worship. Northlands Church has been consistently named among Outreach magazine's 100 largest and fastest growing US Churches. Ministry Today magazine highlighted Northland's faciltiies as one of the "most innovative church buildings in America." After the worship experience, enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the church building with key church stakeholders.
We recommend dressing similarly to how you might dress for a Shabbat morning service at your synagogue. Northlands Church has generously agreed to provide lunch for all Biennial attendees onsite. This will be a unique opportunity to join with members of the church for informal conversation and cross-faith learning and sharing.
We will depart from the Convention Center Bus Loop at the Marriott World Center at 9:30am. The bus ride will last approximately 45 minutes. Schedule:
10:30am Arrive Northlands Church, schmooze
11:00am Church Service
12:15pm Tour of Northlands Church Facility
1:00pm Lunch at Northlands Church – kosher style lunch will be served, courtesy of Northlands Church
1:45pm Depart for Marriott World Center
2:30pm Drop off at Convention Center Bus Loop
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