Biennial 2017

Biennial 2017

Hand that appears to be holding up symbols of mens and womens faces

The URJ has announced a series of proactive steps to ensure that sexual harassment and assault do not occur in its workplace or in its congregations and that its leadersare trained and committed to making sure everyone is safe. 

Stefani Jarrett
URJ VP of Youth Miriam Chilton in a red blazer in front of the URJ Biennial logo

Yes, we are doing holy work. We are imparting Jewish wisdom and knowledge. We are fostering a generation that is resilient, responsible, compassionate, joyful, and Jewish.

Miriam Chilton
Dr Mona Hanna Attisha at the podium of the URJ Biennial in a pink blouse and black blazer

As a country, as a society, as a movement, as a civilization, as a resistance - as humanists - we must all work towards equality and justice and opportunity for all our children.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
URJ Board Chair Daryl Messinger in a blue blazer standing at the URJ podium

Because of this Movement, we have a rich, vibrant future ahead that we, together, will create.

Daryl Messinger
Rabbi David Stern standing on stage in front of the URJ Biennial backdrop

Why is this Biennial so powerful? Because we have company. We are surrounded by thousands of Reform Jews from across North America and around the world. 

Rabbi David Stern
Circle made up of orange, blue, pink and lime green with words URJ Biennial 2017

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has gathered a record 6,000 Reform Jewish leaders and congregation members at the 74th URJ North American Biennial General Assembly, taking place December 6-10, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Reimagining Jewish Life is the theme of Biennial 2017.

Reverend Barber addresses URJ Biennial 2017

This address was presented before the 74th Union for Reform Judaism Biennial convention on Wednesday, December 6.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Governor Baker addresses URJ Biennial

This address was presented before the 

Governor Charlie Baker
People holding hands and dancing in a circle with the URJ Biennial logo on screen in the background

May the One who blessed our mothers and our fathers, our parents and our ancestors, bless the organizers and participants in the URJ Biennial 2017.

Alden Solovy
Aerial view of a womans hands on a white keyboard as if typing

This year, Yammer played a key role in the successful planning for Biennial, and we have seen it used in key, necessary ways.

Larry Glickman