Submit a 2013 Biennial Learning Session Proposal!

by Ed Burger and Jan Marion

We’re less than one year away from the 72nd Union for Reform Judaism Biennial General Assembly, December 11-15, 2013. We hope you’re planning to join us in San Diego this December!

The URJ Biennial is a unique experience that brings together Reform Jews and others from across North America for five days of learning, worship, entertainment, and conversation about the most pressing issues currently affecting the American Jewish community. Our team of lay leaders and professionals are working hard to put together an exciting and enriching program, and now, we want to invite you to be part of the planning process and to help us create a new and better Biennial experience.

Learning sessions, the core of the Biennial, provide an opportunity for attendees to learn from clergy, URJ staff and lay leaders, and other professionals. More than 100 learning sessions will be offered, representing a wide array of topic areas. In 2013, we will be increasing the number of “speed learning” sessions (shortened sessions) throughout the Biennial to enhance the learning experience.

More than 100 sessions are offered at Biennial, covering an extensive range of topics including:

  • Educational and skill building sessions concerning congregational life
  • Dialogue about issues more generally involving the American Jewish community
  • Opportunities for text study and interpretation with clergy and scholars
  • Conversations highlighting topics important to our community from the larger perspective – led by Reform Movement leaders and from outside organizations and presenters

We need your help to create learning sessions that better respond to the interests and needs of our Movement. To accomplish this creative goal, we are once again soliciting submissions for learning sessions. For more information, including the submission form, please see our Call for Learning Session Proposals. Working together to develop outstanding sessions, we will expand our wealth of programming ideas and offer more innovative, interactive, and educational learning sessions. We also recognize that some of our most creative and forward thinking programming ideas are developed in our congregations and we want to highlight these successful practices.

If you have an idea for a learning session and/or would like to be a presenter at the 2013 URJ Biennial, please submit your proposal now. The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2013. If you have questions, please email or call the Biennial Hotline at 212-650-4271.

Ed Burger is the 2013 Biennial Chair from Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT. Jan Marion is the 2013 Biennial Vice-Chair from Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City, OK.