What had approximately 6000 prayer books, 2373 chicken dinners, 200+ NFTY teens, 800 volunteers, 541 congregations, 55 states and provinces and President Barack Obama? Yes, it’s the URJ Biennial in Washington, DC! Briana and 5,999 other Reform Jews all headed there last week!
Biennial is where Reform Jews gather to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring guest speakers, reunite with old friends, make new connections, and make decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement.
It was great to visit with those who were able to make it in person. We would love to hear what you thought by leaving a comment below. If you weren’t able to be there, or you want to re-live the experience, don’t worry. The virtual Biennial experience brings you all of the highlights – including a speech from President Obama!
Plenary sessions and forums can be found as webcasts online including the some of the following URJ Biennial highlights (there were just too many to list!!):
- Campaign for Youth Engagement Kickoff Presentation: Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of Presidential Transition, Union for Reform Judaism
- The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: Celebrating 50 Years of Social Justice Leadership
- Keynote: The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States
- Presidential Sermon: Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President Union for Reform Judaism
- Incoming Chairman’s Address: Stephen Sacks, Chairman-elect, Union for Reform Judaism Board of Trustees, Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD
- A New Vision for a New Era Presentation: Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President-elect, Union for Reform Judaism, and members of the Transition Team