Registration is Now Open for the URJ Biennial 2017!

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Registration is Now Open for the URJ Biennial 2017!

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Registration is officially open for URJ Biennial 2017, taking place December 6-10, 2017, in beautiful, historic Boston, MA! You’re invited to join us for the largest Jewish gathering in North America, where 5,000 Jews from around the world will come together to engage in the work of reimagining Jewish life.

This year's Biennial is already shaping up to be one of the best ever! Where else can you hear from the winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Literature (Eisendrath Award Honoree David Grossman), the James Beard Award winner for best chef in America (Shabbat luncheon speaker Michael Solomonov), enjoy the best in contemporary Jewish music, and learn from the most outstanding teachers in Jewish life?

What to expect:

  • Daily themes – Diversity, Innovation, Action, Faith, and Community – will shape each day’s worship, learning, programming, and more.
  • More than 140 all-new learning sessions (descriptions and presenters now online) in five intensive tracks: Strengthening Congregations, Tikkun Olam, Audacious Hospitality, Youth Engagement, and Transforming Texts (in partnership with HUC-JIR).
  • The Delegation Program provides group rates and more for your congregation to reap the greatest Biennial benefits.
  • Teen programming through NFTY and two opportunities for college students: a specially designed track and the URJ Biennial Ambassador Program.

Already announced speakers include: URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs; Reverend William Barber, a leader of the “Moral Monday” movement; award-winning author Anita Diamant; New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler; and renowned Jewish historian Jonathan Sarna. More programming is being added every day!

More info:

  • Join the Biennial 2017 group in The Tent and visit
  • Recruit a delegation: ready-to-share ads, flyers, and other media are available now in The Tent.
  • Win great prizes for your congregation - and see yourself on the big screen! - by entering the Biennial photo contest.
  • Subscribe to Biennial 2017 Updates emails.
  • Follow the URJ on Twitter and Facebook for ongoing announcements, giveaways, and more as the big event draws closer.
  • Register by October 10 to be eligible to win some very cool prizes that will enhance your Biennial experience, including hotel upgrades and gift cards. If you register by July 19, you'll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts to buy Biennial coffee for your whole congregational delegation. After all, "Boston runs on Dunkin'" - and while you're at the Biennial, you can, too!

There’s nothing else like #URJBiennial. Secure your spot today, and we’ll see you in Boston!

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Luise Mann Burger is the chair of the URJ Biennial 2017 and a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT.

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