For the First Time, the Biennial Is Open to All!

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. In previous years, registration was limited to members of URJ congregations, but this year, for the first time, Biennial registration will be open to anyone who wishes to attend.

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.

Mark J. Pelavin, senior advisor to the president and director of the URJ Biennial, said, “Opening up the Biennial and the Call for Learning Sessions are not token gestures. 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.”

The URJ’s 72nd Biennial Convention will be held December 11-15, 2013 in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit