Biennial 2017

Biennial 2017

Blurred image of the back of a womans head as she sits at a desk in front of a computer screen

Learn more about the program, exhibit hall, Convention Center, and more! You'll have an opportunity to ask questions, get insider tips from long-time Biennial attendees, and begin to build a sense of community.

Kate Bigam Kaput
Musicians singing and dancing on stage at the URJ Biennial

The URJ Biennial is coming, and one of the many ways we're getting ready is by rocking out to the many talented Jewish musicians we'll hear in Boston.

Marissa Solomon
Press Release

URJ today released preliminary findings from two important surveys concerning the effectiveness of its work in priority areas: Israel and Youth Engagement. On the eve of the largest URJ Biennial ever, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ Presidents says, “Our work raising up the next generation of Jewish leaders in North America and advocating for religious pluralism in Israel are among our very highest priorities, and we are proud to see that these authoritative surveys provide data to support what we have long thought to be true: The URJ’s work in these areas is making a profound difference. Individually, and especially when viewed together, they make a strong, data-driven argument that the Reform Movement is making great progress on priority concerns.”

People dancing on stage at a past URJ Biennial with the URJ logo visible in the background

The 2017 URJ Biennial is fast-approaching, and if you're counting down the days like we are, you're probably pretty excited right about now.

Kate Bigam Kaput
Person on couch with laptop

If you can’t be at the Biennial with us in person, join us virtually for the plenaries, Shabbat worship, and the always popular Friday night song session.

Kate Bigam Kaput

There’s no place like Boston in December. Sure, we love the snow and the New England charm, but the real reason we’re excited is because the 74thURJ Biennial lands in Beantown in just a few short weeks! Biennial is the largest Jewish gathering in North America, making it a hub for sharing innovation, building community, and shaping the Reform Movement’s future.

U.S. Senator for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will be among the featured speakers at the URJ Biennial, the largest Jewish religious gathering in North America. 

Biennial crowd during a plenary session

Because Biennial can be overwhelming (many people think that’s part of the fun), here are six specific pieces of advice to help you make the most of your time in Boston.

Mark J. Pelavin
Assorted coats hanging on hangers on a coat rack

Seize this opportunity to bring warmth – in the form of winter coats – to those who need it most.

Cantor Rosalie Boxt
Gavel and sound block

Biennial resolutions inform what it means to be part of the Union for Reform Judaism. Learn how your congregation can be part of the process.

 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs