FAQs: Everything You Need to Know about the 2019 URJ Biennial

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FAQs: Everything You Need to Know about the 2019 URJ Biennial

Crowd shot from a prior URJ Biennial plenary

You’ve got questions, and we have answers! Check out the FAQs below or ask your question in the Biennial 2019 group in The Tent. And don’t miss out on early-bird rates!

"What is the URJ Biennial?"

The URJ Biennial is the place for Jews from around the world to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing while helping shape the future of the Reform Movement. Over the course of 5 days, more than 5,000 participants study ancient texts with leading Jewish minds; share ideas on strengthening congregational life; explore critical social justice issues; and dance, sing, and pray with diverse clergy and song leaders from around the world.

"Who should attend?"

Biennial has something for everyone! Whether you are on your temple board, work on the budget, recruit and retain members or are interested in high-quality Jewish learning, there is a session for you! Much of our workshop programming focuses on leadership development and congregational life; our plenary sessions energize and inspire all attendees to repair our world, contribute to the continuing evolution of our Movement, and define 21st century Jewish thought.

"I’ve never attended a Biennial before. Are there any orientation sessions for first-timers?"

Yes! There will be a pre-Biennial first-timers orientation as well as onsite opportunities for new attendees, solo travelers, and affinity groups.

"I’ve heard that a Biennial Coach can be helpful. What is that and how can I get one?"

All URJ congregations can receive customized Biennial Coaching at no charge. A Biennial Coach is a trained URJ lay or staff leader who will work with your congregation to help you choose sessions that best match your needs and interests and to maximize your Biennial experience. To request a Biennial Coach, your congregation’s rabbi, president, or executive director just needs to complete the form in the congregation’s portal before the September 13 deadline.

"What is a Delegation and how can my congregation become one?"

By attending Biennial as a group, congregational Delegation participants are able to realize the maximum benefit, attend dozens of sessions, and effect real congregational change when they return home. And we have special pricing for Delegations! Help recruit your Delegation using these customizable recruitment tools.

Your congregation automatically becomes a Delegation by meeting a registration goal on or before October 16. This table explains how many people you need to register based on your congregation's size. (Check the status of your Biennial Delegation in the Congregational Portal you already use for RMAC).

"I have another question. Where can I ask it?"

Learn more answers to other FAQs on the Biennial website and join the active discussion about Biennial 2019 in The Tent, the URJ’s collaboration platform for congregational leaders, where you can post all your Biennial questions.

Learn more about the URJ Biennial and register now at urjbiennial.org.

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Published: 8/26/2019

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