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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 To come together In holy convocation, As a joyous congregation, In rockin’ jubilation, And holy celebration, To strengthen our foundation, And renew our dedication, To God, to Torah and to liberal Jewish life, So that the roots of Reform remain strong and vital, Creating wisdom that echoes throughout world.

Source of understanding, Rock of our lives, Let the love of our people and our heritage Flow from Chicago Throughout the United...

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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. Here, we answer some of your most pressing questions – and you can find a more robust FAQ on the Biennial website.

"Do I need to register for individual sessions in advance? How?"
  • Yes! Badges will be scanned at all non-plenary sessions and those who have added the session to their schedule in the app will be seated first, and will be guaranteed a seat. (...
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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 deeply into issues of gender equity.  

Take a look at these learning sessions, worship services, and other opportunities for engagement, then be sure to add them to your schedule so you don’t miss a single...

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Closeup of a Torah unscrolled on blue fabric

Weekly congregational Torah study is a time-honored Jewish legacy that not only provides the chance for members to learn Torah, but to also learn more about one another. Groups like these have incredible potential for spiritually, emotionally, and mentally stimulating discussion that transcends age, background, and lived experience.

Rabbi Adam Fisher leads one such Torah study group at Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, N.Y. – and the group has met every single week for 30 years in a row. To...

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Can’t be in Chicago to attend the URJ Biennial in person? You can still join the fun – no matter where in the world you are!

Have friends, family members, or fellow congregants who might want to know about this information? Please share this post widely to help us expand our reach and broaden the Biennial’s audience.

Join the Conversation on Social Media

We encourage you to follow the hashtag #URJBiennial on social media to see what people are saying throughout the event. You can also follow the URJ on ...

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