Connections is the biennial conference of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) – the central hub that connects all Reform, Progressive, Liberal and Reconstructionist Jewish communities around the world while upholding the State of Israel as the center of the Jewish people and Jewish identity.
The conference is a unique global gathering in Jerusalem – giving members of the “WUPJ Family” from an estimated 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries the chance to come together and learn, pray, sing, and build the future of the Jewish people.
Attendees will be able to celebrate and explore our shared values, experience Progressive Zionism in Israel, be inspired by our global leadership, meet new and old friends and feel a part of the global Progressive Jewish Movement.
Running for more than 30 years, this year’s Connections is the WUPJ’s first in-person international gathering since 2017, providing the perfect opportunity for the WUPJ community and regional leaders of all ages and interests to re-engage, re-energize and rejoice together.
It will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, the 50th anniversary of the relocation of the WUPJ’s international headquarters to Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem, and the re-opening of those headquarters.
This year’s conference will be based on the innovative “Unconference” model – a space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity, focusing on bringing participants together to exchange ideas and think big, putting our shared vision into action as Progressive Jews today.
The conference will actively facilitate dozens of parallel opportunities to meet new people and have meaningful conversations both during the formal programming and during free time based on common interests and personal goals.
It will, however, retain the key components beloved by all those who attend – including Shabbat services led by clergy from across the world, new music experiences, informal opportunities to network and meet new people, and tours across Israel before, during and after Connections.
Finally, the event will give everyone the chance to meet, in person, the WUPJ’s new President, Rabbi Sergio Bergman, and join him in planning the future of the WUPJ and Progressive Judaism around the world.