URJ Biennial

URJ Biennial

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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