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SCHEDULE IN DETAIL

Monday, May 15

Pursue Justice Seminar for Legal Professionals  | Day 3

The WUPJ in cooperation with the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), is proud to invite legal professionals to experience and understand Israel from its most provocative, challenging and complex perspective: the law.

Spend five days meeting with leading politicians, judges, legislators, professors, attorneys and activists, each presenting a different facet of the prism that comprises Israel’s national and international law. Tour Israel’s Supreme Court and meet with justices; visit the Knesset and debate legislation with ministers.

 

TaMaR & Young Adult International Conference & Leadership Seminar  | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon
TaMaR (Tnuat Magshimim Reformit) is the World Union’s international movement of Progressive Jewish Young Adults. In order to strengthen the TaMaR communities around the world, the TaMaR Veida Olamit – International Conference, is held annually in Jerusalem for delegates from each country. Coinciding with CONNECTIONS 2017, TaMaR Veida will weave networking and training sessions with WUPJ members and leaders alongside specialized activities, workshops and site visits.

 

Management Committee Meeting & Dinner     13:00-21:30 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

 

Registration & Information Desk Open    12:00-18:00 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

Tuesday, May 16

Pursue Justice Seminar for Legal Professionals  | Day 4

The WUPJ in cooperation with the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), is proud to invite legal professionals to experience and understand Israel from its most provocative, challenging and complex perspective: the law.

Spend five days meeting with leading politicians, judges, legislators, professors, attorneys and activists, each presenting a different facet of the prism that comprises Israel’s national and international law. Tour Israel’s Supreme Court and meet with justices; visit the Knesset and debate legislation with ministers.

 

IRAC Religion & State Seminar | Day 1

The WUPJ in cooperation with the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), is proud to invite you to delve into the multifaceted and challenging work that we care so much about: keeping Israel pluralistic, democratic and egalitarian in its public and private legislation.

 

Rabbinic DOMIM Kallah    Day 1 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon
Deepen your connection to Reform Jewish rabbis from around the world with food (for thought), study and conversation. Unpack challenging texts and engage in divisive issues. Speakers will include journalists, thought leaders, politicians, and public figures and advocates from a range of opinions and causes facing Israeli society.

 

TaMaR & Young Adult International Conference & Leadership Seminar     Day 2 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon
TaMaR (Tnuat Magshimim Reformit) is the World Union’s international movement of Progressive Jewish Young Adults. In order to strengthen the TaMaR communities around the world, the TaMaR Veida Olamit – International Conference, is held annually in Jerusalem for delegates from each country. Coinciding with CONNECTIONS 2017, TaMaR Veida will weave networking and training sessions with WUPJ members and leaders alongside specialized activities, workshops and site visits.

 

Student-Rabbi Seminar     13:00-18:00 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

 

Management Committee Meeting & Lunch      09:00-14:00 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

 

Executive Board Meeting & Dinner     14:00-21:30 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

 

Registration  & Information Desk Open    09:00-18:00 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

Wednesday, May 17

Pursue Justice Seminar for Legal Professionals | Day 5 

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IRAC Religion & State Seminar | Day 2

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Rabbinic DOMIM Kallah    Day 2 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon
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TaMaR & Young Adult International Conference & Leadership Seminar     Day 3 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon
See description above for more info!

 

Executive Board Meeting & Lunch    09:00-13:00 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

 

Registration & Information Desk Open    09:00-17:00 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

 

International Assembly   14:00 – 16:00| Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

The International Assembly (IA) is the legislative body of the WUPJ which plays a critical role in determining policy of the organization, raising its profile, contributing to fundraising efforts, and facilitating the World Union’s relationship with its communities. The IA meeting discusses resolutions and motions on various issues on the global agenda. It also serves as the forum in which the various WUPJ board committees report on their activities and the regions highlight their major issues and challenges. The annual IA report is presented at the meeting.

 

Opening Ceremony, CONNECTIONS 2017    18:30 – 22:00 | Olmaya at the Jerusalem Tayelet

CONNECTIONS opens with a ceremony that symbolizes the global reach of our Jewish family, the frame that connects us. Hear from leaders of our movement, politicians, and enjoy musical entertainment. Spend time catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones. We will be sharing in the coming weeks the location of this unique event. Light dinner and drinks served. Luggage storage area provided for those arriving directly from airport.

Thursday, May 18

08:00 – 10:00 | Shacharit Services at the Kotel 

 

10:00 – 15:00 | Israeli Reform Judaism in Action: Site Visits (Including lunch)
Buses will depart from the Kotel for first an overlook of the city of the Jerusalem followed by a hands-on experience with a project/program of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, seeking to put progressive Jewish values in action to create a more pluralistic, just, and benevolent Israeli society.

 

16:00 – 16:45 | Plenary Session: Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism
The first segment of the CONNECTIONS program will commence focusing on Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism. A 45-minute plenary session will precede the ability to choose between participation in a think-tank.

 

17:00 – 18:30  | Breakout Sessions: Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism
The first segment of the CONNECTIONS program will commence focusing on Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism. Regional round table, or a variety of hands-on workshops led by teachers and scholars from around the world.

 

18:30 – 21:00 | Free Time & Dinner On Your Own in Jerusalem!

 

21:00 | Music Evening Celebration | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

Friday, May 19

08:00 – 09:00| Shacharit Services | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon

 

09:15 – 10:00 | Plenary Session: Community Building & Leadership Development
The second segment of the CONNECTIONS program will commence focusing on Community Building & Leadership Development. A 45-minute plenary session will precede the ability to choose between participation in a think-tank.

 

10:15 – 11:45 | Breakout Sessions: Community Building & Leadership Development
The second segment of the CONNECTIONS program will commence focusing on Community Building & Leadership Development. Regional roundtable, or a variety of hands-on workshops led by teachers and scholars from around the world.

 

12:00 – 13:00 | Special Interest Lunches
Meet and mingle with peers and colleagues to share similar interests, advice, links, tips and more.

 

13:15 – 14:00 | Plenary Session: Youth & Young Adults
The third segment of the CONNECTIONS program will commence focusing on Youth & Young Adults. A 45-minute plenary session will precede the ability to choose between participation in a think-tank.

 

14:15 – 15:45 | Breakout Session: Youth & Young Adults
The third segment of the CONNECTIONS program will commence focusing on Youth & Young Adults. Regional roundtable, or a variety of hands-on workshops led by teachers and scholars from around the world.

 

17:15 – 19:00 | Kabbalat Shabbat at The First Station, Jerusalem
CONNECTIONS will celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem – at the First Station, Jerusalem’s new tourist cultural pedestrian center. Join us for prayers to usher in Shabbat as the sun sets over Jerusalem.

 

19:00 – 22:00 | Shabbat Dinner in Home Hospitality By IMPJ Congregants

Depart to meet with Progressive Jews in home hospitality arrangements in the Jerusalem area.

Saturday, Shabbat, May 20

09:00 – 10:15 | “Torah from Around the World” Beit Midrash
At our Beit Midrash, or house of learning in Hebrew, CONNECTIONS 2017 invites rabbis, thought leaders and teachers from the Reform, Progressive and Liberal Jewish world to run text-based study sessions on topics presented in our daily programs. We encourage learning something new or sharing your knowledge with delegates from our global movement. Lunch will follow.

 

10:30 – 13:00 | Shabbat Shacharit Services | Blaustein Hall 

Shabbat morning at CONNECTIONS is a moving, spiritual, multilingual experience shared with hundreds of members of Klal Yisrael coming together to pray, read and sing in their local or regional language and culture. Share the rich traditions that have been practiced for centuries by the Jewish people, right in the heart of Israel, and be inspired to return home with renewed purpose and commitment for the future.

 

13:00 – 14:00 | Shabbat Kiddush Lunch

 

14:00 – 19:00| Shabbat Walking Tours / Movie Screening / Shabbat Menucha
Fall in love with Jerusalem all over again with a CONNECTIONS walking tour. Whether you have been to the Old City before or this is your first foray into the ancient alleyways, this Shabbat afternoon offers you a chance for a different experience. NOTE: tours for conference participants with limited or restricted mobility issues are marked, as are dress requirements.

 

19:00 – 22:30 | Closing Reception, Dinner Ceremony & Havdalah| Blaustein Hall
Our closing ceremony marks the end of CONNECTIONS 2017 and will be a tribute to the passion, enthusiasm and hard work of all those who made CONNECTIONS possible. Our closing gala event will celebrate the themes and accomplishments of the previous days and set forth the World Union’s goals and aspirations that will take us to the next CONNECTIONS conference. An inspiring keynote speaker and exciting performances, all preceded by a gala reception, allow participants to deepen the connections made before saying goodbye or l’hitraot, until the next time we all meet.

Sunday, May 21

Management Committee Meeting  09:00-12:00 | Beit Shmuel – Mercaz Shimshon