NBC News' Chuck Todd to Host 2016 Presidential Candidates at URJ Biennial 2015, The Largest Jewish-American Event

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NBC News' Chuck Todd to Host 2016 Presidential Candidates at URJ Biennial 2015, The Largest Jewish-American Event

Thousands of Reform Jews will Gather in Florida for the URJ's 73rd Biennial, November 2015


May 21, 2015



Steve Rabinowitz, Bluelight Strategies, steve@bluelightstrategies.com, 202-265-3000

Lauren Theodore, Union for Reform Judaism, ltheodore@urj.org, 212-650-4154


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the largest movement in North American Jewish life, representing 1.5 million people, announced that Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and NBC News political director, will host leading 2016 presidential candidates in a forum in Orlando, Florida. Todd will interview each candidate one-on-one and will cover a wide range of topics, including both domestic and foreign policy. Candidates will also respond to questions from URJ leadership and Biennial delegates.

The URJ Biennial 2015 will bring together 5,000 Reform Jews to strengthen congregational life, celebrate with friends, and explore the most pressing issues of the day. The URJ Biennial will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott from November 4 to 8. The presidential candidates’ forum with Chuck Todd will take place November 7 at 8:30 pm at the same location. It is open to working, credentialed press and coverage is invited.

 “URJ’s Biennial, because of its timing, location and audience, will be a must-attend event for the top presidential candidates,” said Todd. “Florida has long been a key state in presidential elections, and I am very much looking forward to this unique presidential forum.

“When it comes to interviewing people vying for the most powerful office in the world, we are very excited to have Chuck Todd at our 73rd Biennial, the largest gathering of its kind,” said Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ president. “The Reform Movement has a deep history in political engagement and we are eager to hear from the leading presidential candidates from both parties. Invitations will be extended shortly and we look forward to the candidates’ positive responses.”

Beyond the candidates’ forum, Biennial programming will be tailored to congregational leadership (lay, professional, clergy, and up-and-coming leaders), and will feature learning sessions, networking opportunities, and plenaries, bookended by worship and evening entertainment. Four intensive tracks will focus on strengthening congregations, audacious hospitality, tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning. Biennial registration will open in early June; for more information please visit: www.urj.org/biennial.

Published: 5/20/2015

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