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UPJ Biennial 2022: it's not too late to register!

Join attendees from around the Union for Progressive Judaism region - and worldwide - as the UPJ welcomes back our community and friends to join IN PERSON for an enriching and exciting conference. 

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 Shabbat observance, incorporating our Jewish identity into a myriad of interactions with the world around us. The Biennial Conference will focus on being Jewish in today's complex, modern, fast-paced society, and will feature Rabbi Sergio Bergman, president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, as well as dynamic and engaging speakers from our region and beyond.

CLICK HERE to register, and click on "Read More" below to learn about some program highlights.

Our featured speaker will be Rabbi Sergio Bergman

From his first foray into politics - leading community protests in 1992 - to his strong friendship with the Pope and ultimately becoming the first rabbi to be elected as a congressman in Argentina, Rabbi Bergman has truly led a remarkable life. Now serving as President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Rabbi Bergman will bring his insight and experience to lead the keynote session at the UPJ Biennial, along with a panel of insightful leaders, focusing on "Creating a meaningful Jewish Life 8 Days a Week".

We will learn from Netzer leaders

Netzer leaders will present sessions on exploring social justice in Jewish spaces, going deeper into what motivates our communities in a meaningful way. Having this discussion led with youth, but with an intergenerational focus, will allow for deeper context and the development of a shared vision, regarding our capacity as a change-making community. Netzer leaders will also help us consider, as we emerge from the pandemic, how our intergenerational communities interact and imagine heightened engagement for the future.

'Singing Communities' will inspire us

Rabbi Cantor George Mordecai will share an approach to prayer that has been articulated by US musician and creative prayer leader Joey Weisenberg. Variations of this approach to prayer have been successfully unfolding across the Jewish world at Nava Tehilah (Jerusalem), The Kitchen (San Francisco), Ikar (Los Angeles), Romemu (New York City), as well as Kehilat Koleinu and Sprout in Melbourne and Ayelet Hashachar in Sydney. Be uplifted and bring back inspiration to your congregation!



Holocaust education will be explored


Dr Simon Holloway, acclaimed educator, will discuss the challenge of incorporating Holocaust Education after the Holocaust became a mandated unit of study in 2019, and how the absence of living witnesses impacts our ability to keep the Holocaust relevant. In a parallel session, the Sydney Jewish Museum will demonstrate their groundbreaking "Dimensions in Testimony" which uses 3D technology to present six Holocaust survivors responding to questions posed by Biennial delegates.

There are so many more inspiring and exciting sessions planned for the UPJ Biennial - you won't want to miss it! 

CLICK HERE to register before 31 August to get the early-bird discount (save $100!)

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