Biennial Extensions

Extend your Biennial experience with these optional add-ons which dive deep into one topic

Striving Towards Creativity and Collaboration: New Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement

Wednesday, December 11
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $70 (includes lunch)

A convening of the educational voices of the Reform Movement for a conversation about Jewish education and engagement across all aspects of our Movement.  Participants will engage in inspirational learning and discussions to drive ideas and action forward around the framing question, “How might Jewish education and engagement be a catalyst for a more whole, just and compassionate world?” 


This Extension is hosted in partnership with URJ, HUC-JIR, ARJE, ECE-RJ and is open to anyone serving in volunteer or professional  roles that intersect with education and engagement in our congregations, schools, camps, early childhood education centers, youth spaces, adult and family education. For more information about this program, contact Lisa Langer at


Gender and Justice in the Jewish Community

Sunday, December 15
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $70 (includes lunch)

Gender issues have been much in the news lately, and the Reform Movement is not immune. Come together for brave conversation, challenging learning and meaningful training to explore how issues of gender play out in our Jewish communities. We will look at issues of gender bias, sexual misconduct, and pay equity, and examine achievable interventions and resources to bring home to our congregations, Jewish institutions, and even the secular workplace. Specific areas for in-depth learning and training will include: interview and negotiation skills; organizational culture to create safe and respectful spaces; and ally conversations for people of all genders.

This program is co-sponsored by Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), the Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN), and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). This Extension is open to everyone regardless of gender. For more information about this program, contact Alyson Malinger at

Your Voice in Israel: Mobilizing our Movement to Make an Impact

Sunday, December 15
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $70 (includes lunch)

The upcoming elections for the World Zionist Congress are an opportunity for Reform Jews to make an impact in Israel and help shape global Jewish priorities. A strong turnout from the North American Reform movement will have a direct impact in growing our Movement in Israel, and will work to create a more just and equitable Israeli society for both Jews and non-Jews.  This is the only democratic opportunity the we, in North America, have to take an active role in helping to build the Israeli society that we want to see.


This Extension will help you drive election turnout in your congregation and is open to all. Lay-clergy and lay-professional teams are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information about this extension, contact Alex Gilbert at

Leading the Change: The Congregations of Tomorrow

Sunday, December 15
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $70 (includes lunch)

“If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got.” 

The world is rapidly changing; how we work, learn, consume and connect are all going through major disruptions.  The Jewish eco-system is part of that.  New models and experiences of Jewish gathering and engagement are growing. The Reform Movement is composed of change makers filled with creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.  It is time we as a movement collectively harness that energy and mobilize to bring new thinking and new designs of Jewish life to congregations.  We need to understand changing societal trends, imagine new possibilities and remove the stumbling blocks that are in our way.  Together we can, in the words of Ari Wallach, ”be the ancestors the future needs.” 


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