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MILESTONES & INNOVATION

May 17 – 20, 2017 / JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

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WHAT IS CONNECTIONS 2017

CONNECTIONS 2017 is an international conference hosted by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). CONNECTIONS offers opportunities to learn, explore and engage in the diversity of our Progressive Jewish world. This year’s focus, Milestones & Innovation, honors 200 years of Progressive Jewish history while exploring innovation in Jewish life and its impact on the future of our Jewish peoplehood.

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Opening Ceremony

Delegates from more than twenty countries come together to celebrate the strength of our global movement.

OPENING CEREMONY

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Evening

Symbolizing the global reach and strength of our Jewish family, CONNECTIONS 2017 opening ceremony welcomes delegates from more than twenty countries with greetings from our leadership and musical entertainment. Catch up with old friends, and meet new ones, over light reception. 

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Milestones & Innovations

Thursday site visits highlight obstacles and achievements of Reform Judaism in Israel.

MILESTONES & INNOVATIONS

Spend Thursday participating in site visits that commemorate the milestones and innovations that comprise the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel and inform our global peoplehood.

Specially-designed with active learning components and small-group workshops, the experience will open eyes to regional differences across our movement, and the role of Diaspora Jewry in Israel.

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KABBALAT SHABBAT

Welcome Shabbat from the heart of Jerusalem’s newest tourist and cultural center – the historic First Station.

KABBALAT SHABBAT

Friday, May 19 | Evening

This year, CONNECTIONS 2017 will host Friday night Shabbat services in the heart of Jerusalem – at the First Station, Jerusalem’s newest tourist cultural pedestrian center. Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat led by Israeli rabbis from Jerusalem-area Reform congregations. Then, after the sun has set over Jerusalem, depart to meet with Progressive Jews in home hospitality arrangements.

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Shabbat Walking Tours

Spend Saturday afternoon out and about, gaining a new perspective and appreciation for Jerusalem.

SHABBAT WALKING TOURS

Fall in love with Jerusalem all over again with one of our CONNECTIONS walking tours. Whether you have been to the Old City before or this is your first foray into its ancient alleyways, experience it anew this Shabbat.

SCHEDULE

Monday, May 15

- TaMaR & Young Adult International Conference & Leadership Seminar
- Registration & Information Desk
- Management Committee Meeting & Dinner

Tuesday, May 16

- Rabbinic DOMIM Kallah
- IRAC Religion & State Seminar
- TaMaR & Young Adult International Conference & Leadership Seminar
- Management Committee Meeting & Lunch
- Registration & Information Desk
- Student-Rabbi Seminar
- Executive Board Meeting & Dinner

Wednesday, May 17

- IRAC Religion & State Seminar
- Rabbinic DOMIM Kallah
- TaMaR & Young Adult International Conference & Leadership Seminar
- Executive Board Meeting & Lunch
- Registration & Information Desk
- International Assembly
- Opening Ceremony, CONNECTIONS 2017

Thursday, May 18

- Shacharit Services at the Kotel
- Israeli Reform Judaism in Action: Site Visits
- Plenary Session: Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism
- Breakout Sessions: Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism
- Free Time & Dinner On Your Own
- Musical Evening Celebration

Friday, May 19

- Shacharit Services
- Plenary Session: Community Building & Leadership Development
- Breakout Sessions: Community Building & Leadership Development
- Special Interest Lunches
- Plenary Session: Youth & Young Adults
- Breakout Sessions: Youth & Young Adults
- Kabbalat Shabbat at The First Station, Jerusalem
- Shabbat Dinner in Home Hospitality by IMPJ Congregants

Saturday, May 20

- “Torah from Around the World” Beit Midrash
- Shabbat Shacharit Services
- Shabbat Kiddush Lunch
- Shabbat Walking Tours / Movie Screening / Shabbat Menucha
- Closing Reception, Dinner Ceremony & Havdalah

Sunday, May 21

- Management Committee Meeting
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RABBI DANIEL H. FREELANDER (US)

RABBI DANIEL H. FREELANDER (US)

Session C | Panel Presenter

Friday May 18, 14:00 – 15:30

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Rabbi Nir Barkin (ISRAEL)

Rabbi Nir Barkin (ISRAEL)

Track B Community Building & Leadership development | Workshop Presenter

Friday May 19 | 10:15 – 11:45

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ANDREW KEENE (US)

ANDREW KEENE (US)

Session A | Panel Presenter

Thursday May 18, 15:30 – 16:30

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ANAT HOFFMAN (ISRAEL)

ANAT HOFFMAN (ISRAEL)

WUPJ Saltz Israel Religious Action Center Religion and State Issues Seminar

Tuesday – Wednesday, May 16-17

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YAIR LOOTSTEEN (ISRAEL)

YAIR LOOTSTEEN (ISRAEL)

Session B | Panel Presenter

Thursday May 18, 14:00 – 15:30

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