It's Time to Plan Your URJ Biennial Experience!

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It's Time to Plan Your URJ Biennial Experience!

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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. 

1. Make sure you're registered!

Not yet registered for the Biennial? If you are planning to stay in the hotel block, please note that Biennial discount rates expire November 22. Also, know someone who hasn't yet registered? The deadline to register is December 5. Learn more and register now >>>

2. Download the app.

The entire Biennial schedule is available in the app, thanks to sponsor ARZA World! Check your email for the invitation. Or, download the app to the mobile device (smartphone or tablet) you're bringing to Biennial, or use the web version of the app, which appears in your Internet browser. Find complete instructions for downloading the app >>>

3. Start creating your Biennial schedule.

Once you've accessed the app, start signing up for sessions. This year, our staff will scan your badge at the door of each session, so build your agenda now to get your first choices of sessions. Check out the full schedule >>>

4. Join a webinar for Biennial first-timers.

Coming to the URJ Biennial for the very first time? No need to be nervous! Join us on Monday, December 2, from 8 - 9 p.m. ET for a webinar for Biennial first-timers. We'll walk you through what to expect, how to prepare, and how to make the most of your time at the convention. Check out our First Timer's Guide for sample itineraries >>>

5. Choose your offsite experience.

Space is still available for some of our dynamic offsite experiences, including touring Wrigley Field, dining at acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant Galit, and more. Explore the Windy City with us! Browse the offsites and register now >>>

6. Focus your time with Biennial extensions and/or intensives.

Make your time at the Biennial as impactful as possible by planning to attend learning sessions in one of the Biennial intensives on social justice, leadership development, early family engagement, or member engagement. Learn more about each of the intensives >>>

You can also add one of the half-day Biennial extensions focused on congregational education, the World Zionist Congress elections, or gender and justice in the Jewish community. Register for an extension >>>

7. Bring your shopping list.

The Biennial Exhibit Hall is the ultimate Jewish shopping destination, your one-stop-shop for Judaica, art, tour providers, and more. 

Note the Exhibit Hall's new-this-year hours:

  • Wednesday, December 11 – 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM and and 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM
  • Thursday, December 12 – 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Friday, December 13 – 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Closed: during scheduled plenaries each day and during/after Shabbat

Also, thanks to sponsor Corporate Synergies, free, professional headshots will be available in the Kikar. Check out all the exhibitors >>>

8. Spread the word!

If you have friends, family, and fellow congregants who can't make it to Chicago to join the URJ Biennial in person, encourage them to follow along from home by watching livestreams of our plenary sessions and worship services. Find the livestream here >>>

In addition to watching livestreams of our plenary sessions and worship services, follow the hashtag #URJBiennial on social media to see what people are saying throughout the event.  You can also follow the URJ on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram - and encourage others to do the same! Find all our social media accounts >>>

We look forward to seeing you soon in Chicago for the URJ Biennial!

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Published: 11/21/2019

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