"Please Join Us" URJ Opens Major Conference to All

URJ Now Accepting Proposals for Biennial Learning Sessions
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial brings together thousands of Jews from across North America for five days and nights of learning, worship, entertainment, and conversation about the most pressing issues currently affecting the North American Jewish community. This year, for the first time, biennial registration will be open to anyone who wishes to attend (in previous years registration was limited to members of URJ congregations.) The URJ's 72nd Biennial Convention will be held December 11-15, 2013 in San Diego, California.

The most recent URJ Biennial attracted nearly 6,000 delegates who heard from President Obama; Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, United States Representative Eric Cantor, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure; attorneys for Proposition 8 Ted Olson and David Boies and dozens of other exceptional speakers.

A significant part of the Biennial experience is learning sessions. This year, more than 100 learning sessions will be offered, representing a wide array of topic areas, and giving attendees the opportunity to learn from innovators and leaders at the forefront of the North American Jewish experience. The URJ is currently soliciting proposals for Biennial learning sessions from any congregation, individual or group that wishes to submit ideas. The Call for Learning Sessions is ongoing and the deadline to submit proposals is March 15, 2013. Questions about the Call for Learning Sessions can be directed to learningsessions@urj.org or the Biennial Hotline, 212.650.4271.

"Opening up the Biennial and the Call for Learning Sessions are not token gestures," said Mark J. Pelavin, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the URJ Biennial. "We are committed to working across the Jewish landscape in all of our work as we continue to reimagine Jewish life. We recognize that there are creative ideas and programs both inside and outside our Movement and we look forward to sharing them with our Biennial attendees. Our members are energized to learn from a wide-range of presenters, representing the best of North American Jewish life, and we look forward to sharing our successes as well."

For more information about the 2013 Biennial please visit: http://urj.org/biennial13/