Biennial 2019

Biennial 2019

  Photo by Andre Chungfor The Washington Post of TaNehisi Coates who wrote The Case for Reparations

Reform Jews and our institutions must start participating in the dialogue around what a just reparations system looks like and calling on our elected officials to do the same.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Daryl Mesinger speaking from the stage at the URJ Biennial podium

"I’ve been amazed, impressed, and inspired by all the ways large and small, that we demonstrate our love for being Jewish."

Daryl Messinger
Cantor Barbara Ostfeld smiles on stage as she accepts her award

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial on Wednesday, Dec. 11 as Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, the first woman to be ordained as a cantor, was presented with the 2019 Debbie Friedman Award for Contributions to Jewish Music. 

Sheldon Cole stands on the URJ Biennial stage as he presents his Biennial address

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial on Wednesday, Dec.

Sheldon Cole
People clapping and smiling at the last URJ Biennial

"May the One who blessed our mothers and our fathers, our parents and our ancestors, bless the organizers and participants in the URJ Biennial 2019."

Alden Solovy
People walking down a hallway with Biennial signage behind them as if on their way to programming

We're less than one week away from the start of the URJ Biennial, and we know you have questions about what to expect in the way of logistics.

Kate Kaput
Two women hugging while one holds a Torah

With the URJ Biennial fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your schedule – and there are a number of programming opportunities throughout the event that amplify women’s voices, highlight women’s contributions, and delve deep into issues of gender equity.

Cantor Rosalie Will & Rabbi Leora Kaye
Smiling people holding Reform Movement related signs against a URJ Biennial backdrop

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
View from the back of the room with peoples arms around one another

With just a couple weeks until the biggest Jewish gathering in North America, here's what you need to know about the 2019 URJ Biennial – Reform Judaism’s most innovative and most anticipated event.

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.