Biennial 2019

Biennial 2019

Man walking the Torah through aisles of people at the Biennial as they kiss the scroll

Worship is always a highlight of the URJ Biennial, and the 2019 convention will be no exception. Nowhere is Shabbat prayer like it is at Biennial, where more than 5,000 Reform Jews join with dynamic clergy, an expert band, and a 100-person volunteer choir of members of Reform congregations.

Biennial attendees sitting in a row and laughing

These five intensive tracks will help you best organize your Biennial experience – and because no special intensive registration is required, you’re welcome to attend sessions in both the intensives and non-intensive sessions. Read on to learn about the intensive options and begin planning your Biennial experience today.

Chris Harrison
Group of smiling Jewish and Muslim children together at Camp Nefesh

Congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento, CA, created Camp Nefesh, a full-service day camp for newly arrived refugees. To learn more about this 2019 Belin Award-winning initiative, we spoke with Lucy Beckett, the teenager who dreamt up the concept, as well as Denise Crevin, the congregation’s director of education, and Sharon Rogoff of Women of B’nai Israel.

Chris Harrison
Woman smiling at the camera while wearing Jewish social justice buttons on her shirt

Right in between the largest-ever Consultation on Conscience and the launch of the Reform Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, we are excited to offer a social justice “intensive” track, a cluster of connected learning sessions offers a deeper dive into priority issues and community organizing training.

 

Cara Fisher
Lightbulb surrounded by smaller lights

Leadership requires charismatic leaders and others who support successes, enable dialogue around differences, and set aside their own egos to ensure communal success.

Adam Goodman
Four clergy singing from a bimah

We can’t wait to see you and your congregation at the URJ Biennial 2019 in Chicago this December. Make sure you register by October 16 to secure early-bird prices!

Alec Harris
People smiling and clapping onstage at a URJ Biennial

Head to the URJ Biennial Schedule page to check out all the worship options, learning sessions, Biennial Extensions, Biennial Intensives, late night entertainment, networking sessions, and offsite opportunities - and if you've been waiting for a peek at the Biennial schedule before registering, now is your chance! 

Group of people with their arms around one another standing on stage and facing an audience

At each URJ Biennial, we welcome the highest caliber of speakers from within the Jewish community and beyond.

Crowd shot from a prior URJ Biennial plenary

You’ve got questions, and we have answers!

Josh Nelson performing on stage in front of a blue background

Here's who we'll will welcome to the stage as entertainment headliners at the 2019 URJ Biennial.