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Monday May 15, 2017

 

Monday May 15, 2017

12:00 – 18:00   Registration & Information Desk [Mercaz Shimshon Lobby]
Hosted by WUPJ and Ayelet staff, stop by with any questions or concerns.

 

13:00 – 18:00   WUPJ Management Committee Meeting [BS, 3rd Floor, Classroom 300]
For members only

 

08:30 – 17:00   Pursue Justice Seminar for Legal Professionals [BS, 1st Floor, Small Hall]

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

 

17:00 -22:30   TaMaR International Young Adults Seminar [BS, 1st Floor, Big Hall]

TaMaR, Tnuat Magshimim Reformit, is the World Union’s international movement of Progressive Jewish young adults. The international seminar, or Veida Olamit, is held annually in Jerusalem to strengthen the networks of young leaders and their communities around the world. Coinciding with CONNECTIONS, Veida interweaves networking and training sessions with WUPJ members and leaders alongside specialized activities, workshops and site visits for TaMaR leaders.

 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

 

09:00 – 19:30 Registration & Information Desk [Mercaz Shimshon Lobby]

 

09:00 – 13:00 WUPJ Management Committee Meeting [BS, 3rd Floor, Classroom 300]

 

08:00 – 19:30 Pursue Justice Seminar for Legal Professionals [BS, 1st Floor, Small Hall]

 

08:00 – 19:30 IRAC Religion & State Seminar [BS, 1st Floor, Small Hall]

Designed for social activists and enthusiasts, this two-day seminar dives into the multifaceted and challenging work that we care so much about: keeping Israel pluralistic, democratic and egalitarian in its public and private legislation. Hosted by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).

 

09:00 – 21:30 TaMaR International Young Adults Seminar [BS, 1st Floor, Big Hall]

 

11:00 – 18:00 Shuk [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater Lobby]

Stop by the Patio Meeting Room (between the Patio & Dining Hall) to peruse the CONNECTIONS Shuk. The shuk is a marketplace of original limited edition Yair Emanuel CONNECTIONS Judaica, books and CDs from our featured speakers and performers, merchandise from Netzer and TaMaR, and much more! Bring back the CONNECTIONS experience to your home and community!

 

13:00 – 19:00 Student Clergy Seminar [BS, 3rd Floor, Classroom 302]

Join seminary students from around the world for an afternoon of learning and networking. This seminar is a chance for the next generation of Progressive clergy to connect and build bridges through sharing common challenges and discussing important differences. The afternoon will comprise socializing and networking, and will conclude with an evening out in Jerusalem.

 

14:00 – 18:00 WUPJ Executive Board Meeting [BS, 3rd Floor, Classroom 301]

For members only

 

18:00 – 22:00 International Rabbinic Kallah & DOMIM-aLike Seminar [HUC, Synagogue]

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 issues facing Israeli society.

 

Wednesday May 17, 2017

 

09:00 – 20:00 Registration & Information Desk [Mercaz Shimshon Lobby]

 

09:00 – 15:00 Shuk [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater Lobby]

 

08:30 – 12:00    Pursue Justice Seminar for Legal Professionals [BS, 1st Floor, Small Hall]

 

08:30 – 12:00 IRAC Religion & State Seminar [BS, 1st Floor, Small Hall]

 

09:00 – 14:30 International Rabbinic Kallah & DOMIM-aLike Seminar [HUC Synagogue]

 

09:00 – 16:30 TaMaR International Young Adults Seminar [BS, 1st Floor, Big Hall]

 

09:00 – 13:00 WUPJ Executive Board Meeting [BS, 3rd Floor,Classroom 301]

 

14:00 – 16:30 WUPJ International Assembly [BS, 4th Floor, Blaustein Hall]

The International Assembly (IA), as the legislative body of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), plays a critical role in determining policy of the organization, contributing to fundraising efforts, and facilitating the World Union’s relationship with its communities. The IA proposes resolutions and passes motions for the organization on various challenges regarding global issues. It also serves as the forum in which the various WUPJ board committees report on their activities, regional affiliates highlight their major issues and challenges, and our annual report is presented.

 

17:45 – 18:00 Buses Depart from Hotels to Olmaya [Beit Shmuel, Inbal Hotel, Prima Royale]

 

18:00 – 22:00 CONNECTIONS Opening Event [Olmaya]

CONNECTIONS opens with a ceremony that symbolizes the global reach of our Jewish family, the framework that connects us. Hear from leaders of our movement, as well as politicians, and enjoy musical entertainment. Witness the presentation of a Torah Scroll from Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf, Los Angeles, USA to Kehillat Sheket, Minsk, Belarus. Light dinner and drinks will be served.

Musical Performance by: Boaz Dorot, Shimon Smith & Band, HaZamir Choir
22:00 – 22:30 Buses Return to Hotels [Beit Shmuel, Inbal Hotel, Prima Royale]

 

08:30 – 12:00   Pursue Justice Seminar for Legal Professionals [Small Hall]

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

 

08:30 – 12:00 IRAC Religion & State Seminar [Small Hall]

Designed for social activists and enthusiasts, this two-day seminar dives into the multifaceted and challenging work that we care so much about: keeping Israel pluralistic, democratic and egalitarian in its public and private legislation. Hosted by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)and the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).

 

09:00 – 14:30 International Rabbinic Kallah & DOMIM-aLike Seminar [HUC Synagogue]

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 issues facing Israeli society.

 

09:00 – 15:00 TaMaR International Young Adults Seminar [Classroom 302]

TaMaR, Tnuat Magshimim Reformit, is the World Union’s international movement of Progressive Jewish young adults. The international seminar, or Veida Olamit, is held annually in Jerusalem to strengthen the networks of young leaders and their communities around the world. Coinciding with CONNECTIONS, Veida interweaves networking and training sessions with WUPJ members and leaders alongside specialized activities, workshops and site visits for TaMaR leaders.

 

09:00 – 13:00 WUPJ Executive Board Meeting [Classroom 301]

For members only.

 

14:00 – 16:30 WUPJ International Assembly [Blaustein Hall]

The International Assembly (IA), as the legislative body of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), plays a critical role in determining policy of the organization, contributing to fundraising efforts, and facilitating the World Union’s relationship with its communities. The IA proposes resolutions and passes motions for the organization on various challenges regarding global issues. It also serves as the forum in which the various WUPJ board committees report on their activities, regional affiliates highlight their major issues and challenges, and our annual report is presented.

 

17:45 – 18:00 Buses Depart from Hotels to Olmaya [Beit Shmuel, Inbal Hotel, Prima Royale]

 

18:00 – 22:00 CONNECTIONS Opening Event [Olmaya]

CONNECTIONS opens with a ceremony that symbolizes the global reach of our Jewish family, the framework that connects us. Hear from leaders of our movement, as well as politicians, and enjoy musical entertainment. Spend time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Light dinner and drinks will be served. Luggage storage area will be provided for those arriving directly from the airport.

 

22:00 – 22:30 Buses Return to Hotels [Beit Shmuel, Inbal Hotel, Prima Royale]

 

Thursday May 18, 2017

09:00 – 19:00   Registration & Information Desk [Mercaz Shimshon Lobby]

 

07:15 – 08:00   Buses Depart from Hotels to Kotel [Beit Shmuel, Prima Royale, Inbal Hotel]

 

08:00 – 09:45   Shacharit Services & Bnot Mitzvah Ceremony [Kotel]

Connect with your Jewish heritage and our global peoplehood as we come together at one of Judaism’s holiest sites – the Kotel, or Western Wall. Services and celebrations abound as 12 women from Latin America celebrate their Bat Mitzvah for the first time!

 

09:45 – 10:00 Buses Depart from Kotel  to Israel-in-Action Site Visits [Kotel]

 

10:00 – 15:00    Israel-in-Action Site Visits

Departing directly from the Kotel immediately following Shacharit, buses will stop for an overview of the city’s growth before heading out for tours and site visits of programs, leaders and congregations from the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). Experience first-hand how our Reform Movement is seeking to put Progressive Jewish values in action to create a more pluralistic, just, and benevolent Israeli society.

 

15:00 – 16:00   Return to Beit Shmuel & Refreshments [Beit Shmuel Patio]

All bus tours will return to Beit Shmuel for coffee and pastries before attending the late afternoon’s plenary and breakout sessions.

 

15:00-18:30 Shuk [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater Lobby]


16:00 – 16:45   Plenary Session: Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater]

The first plenary of CONNECTIONS 2017 will explore issues of Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism.

Speakers: Paul Liptz [Israel], Yosef Abramowitz, co-founder of Arava Power and CEO of Energiya Global Israel]

 

17:00 – 18:30   Breakout Sessions: Reform Judaism & Reform Zionism [Beit Shmuel & HUC]

Select one 90-minute Panel Discussion or two Workshops of 40 minutes each.

 

18:30 – 20:30 Free Time & Dinner On Your Own

 

19:30 – 21:00 Bnot Mitzvah Reception Dinner [BS, 1st Floor Dining Hall]

The World Union for Progressive Judaism in Latin America (WUPJ-LA) is please to invite you to participate in a renewal of the covenant of women from Latin America who will each become a Bat Mitzvah with a light dinner reception at Beit Shmuel. *Pre-registration required.

 

21:00 – 22:30 Musical Evening Celebration [Beit Shmuel Patio & Dining Hall]

With Feliza & Rabbi Or Zohar

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19

08:00 – 17:00 Registration & Information Desk [Mercaz Shimshon Lobby]

 

08:00 – 09:00 Shacharit Services [BS, 4th Floor, Blaustein Hall]

Led by: Students of Leo Baeck College & Abraham Geiger Kolleg

 

09:00 – 15:30 Shuk [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater Lobby]

 

09:15 – 10:00 Plenary Session: Building Communities & Nurturing Leaders [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater]

The second plenary of CONNECTIONS 2017 will focus on two key pillars of the World Union’s mission: Building Communities & Nurturing Leaders.

Speaker: MK Stav Shaffir [Israel]

 

10:15 – 11:45 Breakout Sessions: Building Communities & Nurturing Leaders [Beit Shmuel & HUC]

Choose a Breakout Session from one of the following three options: a 90-minute Think Tank, designed for active dialogue with the audience; a 90-minute Panel Discussion; or two Workshops of-40 minutes each.

 

11:45 – 12:45   Special Interest Lunches & EUPJ, WUPJ-LA, NAAB Regional Meetings [Beit Shmuel Dining Hall & Patio]

Share your favorite insights from the morning plenaries and workshops in lunchtime conversations. Regional leadership will gather for meetings in parallel.

 

13:00 – 13:45 Plenary Session: Inspiring the Next Generation [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater]

The third plenary of CONNECTIONS 2017 will focus on our third pillar of activities and goals: Inspiring the Next Generation.

Speakers: Rabbi Gilad Kariv [Israel], Daniel Birnbaum, CEO, SodaStream [Israel]

 

14:00 – 15:30 Breakout Sessions: Inspiring the Next Generation [Beit Shmuel & HUC]

Choose a Breakout Session from one of the following three options: a 90-minute Think Tank, designed for active dialogue with the audience; a 90-minute Panel Discussion; or two Workshops of 40 minutes each.


16:45 – 17:00 Buses depart from Hotels to Tachana Rishona (First Train Station) [Beit Shmuel, Prima Royale, Inbal Hotel]

 

17:00 – 18:45 Kabbalat Shabbat [Tachana Rishona(First Train Station)]

Welcome Shabbat with a festive Kabbalat Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem – at the First Train Station, Jerusalem’s newest outdoor cultural center. Join hundreds of members of Reform congregations from Israel as the sun sets over Jerusalem.

 

18:45 – 19:00 Find your Host Community [Tachana Rishona(First Train Station)]

CONNECTIONS participants are invited to dinner at host families in and around Jerusalem. Following services, find your host community by identifying the congregation name listed on your name tag. Note: No Pre-registration Only.

 

19:00 – 22:30 Shabbat Dinner with IMPJ Congregants [Jerusalem & Surrounding Area]

Leave the Tahchana Rishona (First Train Station) in Jerusalem to enjoy Shabbat dinner with Israeli Progressive Jews in home hospitality arrangements in the Jerusalem and surrounding area. Note: Buses will return to hotels from central locations in host communities outside of Jerusalem (Modiin, Mevasseret Tzion and Tzur Hadassah).

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20

09:00 – 23:00 Registration & Information Desk [Lobby]

 

09:00 – 10:15 Torah from Around the World Study Sessions [Beit Shmuel]

Spend your Shabbat morning learning with Progressive rabbis from around the world in a variety of languages. Choose from a range of topics to learn more about regional issues and engage in new ideas.

 

10:30 – 13:00 Shabbat Shacharit Services [BS, 4th Floor, Blaustein Hall]

Shabbat morning at CONNECTIONS is a moving, multilingual experience shared with hundreds of members of Klal Yisrael coming together to pray, read and sing in their local or regional languages and cultures. 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 [Beit Shmuel Patio & Dining Hall]

 

14:00 – 17:00 Shabbat Afternoon Activities [Around the Jerusalem]

Spend your Shabbat afternoon resting or reengaging with Jerusalem in new ways with our activity options. Note: Tours leave from Mercaz Shimshon Lobby.

 

18:00 – 19:20 Closing Reception [BS, 4th Floor, Terrace]

Our closing reception program 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. The closing program begins with a cocktail reception overlooking the Old City walls.

 

19:40 – 20:40 Closing Gala Dinner [BS, 4th Floor, Blaustein Hall]

 

21:00 – 22:00 Closing Program & Musical Performance [BS, 1st Floor, Hirsch Theater]

With: Tvzia & Raphael Walden [Israel], Bat Ella [Israel]

Our closing program 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 address by keynote speakers will be followed by exciting musical performance Bat Ella.

 

22:15 – 22:30 Havdalah [Beit Shmuel Patio]

Join Shnat Netzer participants for a melodic Havdalah ceremony as Shabbat comes to an end.

 

22:30 – 23:30 Dessert, Coffee & Musical Performance  [Beit Shmuel Patio & Dining Hall]         
With: Nefesh Mountain

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21

 

09:00 – 12:00 WUPJ Management Committee Meeting [BS, 3rd Floor, Classroom 300]
For members only

 

17:00 – 21:00 Reform Leadership Seminar [BS, 3rd Floor, Classroom 301]

For members only