Experience Israel and World Jewry Without Your Passport
by James Cherney
The upcoming Biennial will provide you and your fellow congregants and friends an unprecedented opportunity to experience the exciting development of Progressive Jewry in Israel and throughout the world.
How? First, you can attend learning sessions on a whole range of topics: learn about developing Progressive communities in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, or travel and twinning opportunities for you and your congregations in Israel and elsewhere (South America, Europe, FSU).
Would you like to learn more about youth travel to Israel or the enormous growth of Reform congregations in Israel? Expand your thinking by attending learning sessions on the delegitimization campaigns against Israel and the continuing issues about who is a Jew. You can search the Biennial website under “browse by content” to review all the programming regarding “Israel” and “World Jewry.”
I guarantee an enriching experience. There will be over one hundred attendees from outside North America who will have color coded badges. Those of you who are veteran attendees of Biennials know how easy it is to strike up a conversation with a new face or someone you saw in a program or at a presentation. This is a unique chance to create new relationships with individuals and communities all over the world. Our URJ partners at the World Union forProgressive Judaism and the Association of Reform Zionists of America will have booths in the Reform Resource Mall — stop by and visit. And finally if you want to learn more about the work we are doing at URJ to promote Israel and World Jewry, feel free to drop me a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Cherney is a former president of Temple Sholom of Chicago, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Union for Reform Judaism. He heads the URJ’s Advancing Progressive Judaism work area and is the Chair of the URJ World Jewry Committee.