Conference Add-Ons

We are excited to offer several additional opportunities to enhance your Connections experience before and after the main conference.


Pre-Conference Seminars (Tuesday-Wednesday)


Netzer Olami Veida

Friday, April 28 – Tuesday (morning), May 2

Gathering of leaders of the Netzer sniffim (branches). For more information, contact



Clergy Kallah

The Clergy Kallah is open to ordained and student rabbis and cantors progressive/reform/liberal communities and institutions. The kallah will start Tuesday morning May 2, and will conclude Wednesday May 3 midday, in time for the main CONNECTIONS conference. If enough people would like to arrive already Monday evening, we will begin then.

The kallah will take place at Mishkenot Ruth Daniel in Jaffa. There is no additional cost for the kallah and the event and overnight accommodation are generously sponsored through a grant by Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism. For more information, contact



Tamar Gathering

Tuesday, May 2 – Wednesday May 3

A special program for young professionals aged 20-35 to gather before the Connections conference. For more information, contact



WRJ Wilkenfeld International Women’s Leadership Seminar

This is a WRJ-sponsored leadership seminar that starts Monday afternoon and includes registration to the full conference starting on Wednesday. It is open to women leaders in non-North American communities who have never participated in the Wilkenfeld seminar before. More information can be found on the WRJ site (click here). Wilkenfeld participants will receive further communication from WRJ regarding the pre-Connections component. When registering, check this option which will register you for BOTH Wilkenfeld and CONNECTIONS.



WUPJ Beutel Seminar for Lay Leadership

The Connections conference serves as the first part of the seminar. The second half is 7-11 May in which the cohort continues in the Haifa area. This seminar is for people who demonstrate long term leadership potential and who want to receive tools for improving leadership skills and innovative practices for community organizations.

We will explore our Progressive Zionist values through the complexity of Israeli society and through coworking. Each participant will develop a personal project and a network for inter-regional cooperation. Space is limited. For more information and application, visit



Afternoon Food Tour in Jerusalem

If you’re arriving early in the day, join for a walking food tour of Jerusalem before the conference starts. Approximate 11:00-13:00. Includes tastings from different vendors.