Are You Ready for Biennial Shabbat?
From Friday night song session to diverse, creative options for worship and learning, Shabbat at the URJ Biennial will feature something for everyone.
- Friday Night Shabbat Services
First bring a little bit of the Tel Aviv pier to San Diego and prepare for Shabbat with the innovative leaders of Beit Tefilah Israeli, who bring Kabbalat Shabbat music and engagement to Israelis. Led by Rabbi Esteban Gottfried, Atalya Lavie, Yotam Mahler, and Eitan Goffman of Beit Tefilah Israeli, Tel Aviv, Israel. Then Kabbalat Shabbat T’filah will be led by Rabbi Joel Sisenwine, Cantor Jodi Sufrin, Rabbi Rachel Saphire, and Noah Aronson of Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA.
- Shabbat Dinner
This is Shabbat dinner like you’ve never experienced it before, with 5,000 other Biennial attendees! You will receive your dinner ticket and seating information at registration; on-site seating changes and questions about dinner can be handled at the Shabbat Dinner Information table in the Kikar Biennial – The Biennial Town Square.
- Friday Night Song Session
This Shabbat event is a Biennial favorite, featuring all your favorite music from camp and youth group – live! Encourage friends and family at home to watch the webcast at urj.org/biennial, and set your DVR to record the session on JLTV so you can relive the fun once the event has ended.
- Shabbat Morning
Start your day by choosing between Torah study led by world-class scholars or spiritual and inspiring p’sukei d’zimrah (morning blessings and psalms). Together we will joyfully accompany the Torah scrolls down to the plenary hall and convene as one community for the rest of Shabbat morning worship, a hallmark of the Biennial. Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Rabbi/Cantor Angela Buchdahl will lead the service, and we’ll hear commentary on the week’s Torah portion from Rabbi David Ellenson as we honor him on his retirement as President of HUC-JIR.There will also be four special aliyot for all NFTY alumni; Women of Reform Judaism members; URJ elected lay leadership and all congregational presidents; and HUC lay leaders, students, and alumni. If you fall into one of these categories, you will be invited up to one of many bimot scattered throughout the plenary hall.
- Shabbat Afternoon
Attendees may chose one of three Shabbat lunch tracks: traditional lunch and learn sessions with a marquee speaker; an off-site trip to a local attraction; or a URJ camp-style afternoon, featuring a range of arts and education options. These experiential opportunities include two blocks of formal workshop sessions or casual drop-in sessions.