The Beatles sang “8 Days a Week”, Shakespeare wrote “forever and a day” and today our catchphrase for total immersion is “24/7” – the UPJ Biennial titled “Progressing Judaism: 8 Days a Week” will explore how we can expand our Jewish values beyond our one-day observance of Shabbat, incorporating our Jewish identity into a myriad of interactions with the world around us. The Biennial Conference will focus on being a Jew in today's complex, modern, fast-paced society, and will feature dynamic and engaging speakers from our region and beyond. The in-person conference will be held in Sydney on 17-20 November, at the Novotel Brighton Beach. Additional information about how to register, accommodation, program and FAQs are provided below.
CLICK HERE to register today! The registration fee includes:
Attendance at all sessions, including morning/afternoon teas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday); Cocktail party on Thursday night; Three lunches (Friday, Shabbat and Sunday); Two dinners (Friday and Saturday); Coach transportation to/from Novotel for Friday night service at Emanuel Synagogue; Coach transportation to/from Novotel for Saturday night Havdalah, dinner and entertainment at North Shore Temple Emanuel. Online attendance is also welcomed. Click on "READ MORE" to see registration fees.
The Novotel Brighton Beach will host our conference sessions, and is holding a limited number of newly renovated hotel rooms at a discounted rate for our delegates (book early to avoid disappointment). Please note that the fees are per room (rather than per person), so there is the option of sharing a room that has two double beds, which reduces the cost per person. Both rooms pictured can be set up with either one King Bed or two Double Beds. The hotel has recently been fully renovated, and featured indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis court, fitness and spa.
The Biennial program was developed following a series of workshops held in 2021, led by our Chair Susan Kadar. Inspired by the Beatles song, 8 Days a Week, the seven workshops explored ways to bring our Progressive Jewish identities into the seven days of the week, and beyond. Attendees of the online workshops were from the full range of our UPJ congregations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
There is an option to register for Zoom attendance; most sessions will be streamed.
To assist our registrants, please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions:
Will the Biennial be "Covid-safe"?
The safety of all Biennial attendees is our highest priority. All recommended Covid-19 health and safety protocols will be followed, as well as advice from healthcare professionals.