2013 URJ Biennial

Twitter as a Means to Process a Professional Conference: Reflections on @URJ’s Biennial13



It happens every time. I forget how truly overwhelming the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial convention will be. I know that I will be busy with sessions, presentations and meetings. I know that I will walk (and walk and walk); that I will learn, talk, laugh and sing. And I know that I won’t nearly get enough sleep.

But I forget how overcome with emotion I will be. I forget that I will be flooded by memories and powerful moments that will deeply remind me of why I love my life as a Reform Jew and my work as a Jewish educator, and so it will take me a while to really process all that I experienced.

In the meantime, Twitter has changed the way I take notes and process information at a professional conference. I find it fascinating to connect with my own learning in a fast-paced way as others interact with their own learning in the same virtual space, and I am excited to return to the learning and to glean insights from sessions that I didn’t have a chance to attend.

As I process all that I experienced (and catch up on some sleep!), I share with you some significant tweets on #disability and #inclusion in the #Jewish world, in particular, from #Biennial13:

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Lisa Friedman

About Lisa Friedman

Lisa Friedman is the education co-director at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, New Jersey. This position includes overseeing an extensive Special Needs program within the Religious School designed to help students successfully learn Hebrew, learn about their Jewish heritage and feel connected to their Jewish community. Lisa also consults with congregations to develop inclusive practices for staff, clergy, and families through dialogue, interactive workshops and awareness training. She blogs at Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block.

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