2013 Biennial in San Diego

San Diego, here we come!  This week Bob Ritter and I will be attending the 72nd Biennial conference at the San Diego Convention Center.  The conference, which runs December 11-15, is the place for Jews from across North America to assemble to learn, pray, share ideas, sing, listen to great music by modern Jewish groups, hear from inspiring guest speakers, reunite with old friends, create new connections, and make decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement.  The Biennial attracts about 5,000 lay leaders and professionals from Reform congregations.  Activities and events are planned for each day of the Biennial, starting in the morning (for those who like to attend early morning worship service) and lasting well past midnight with engaging music and other forms of entertainment.  Learning sessions are scheduled throughout each day with countless choices in each time slot. 

There’s a huge lineup of speakers & musicians, featuring keynote speaker Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  I hope they set up a separate stage for featured musicians to perform … a great way to wind down or occupy yourself between sessions.

This week Bob and I will also meet with our URJ representative, Gila Hadani Ward, about how the Temple can take more advantage of URJ offerings.  I’m also hoping that we can meet with Rabbi Dan Medwin to discuss how we can gain better use of Visual T’filah, which we’ve used during a few services over the summer.

We are looking forward to a very full long weekend of activities, and will try to summarize the high points of each day in this blog.

Bob Abrams