The conference begins Wednesday May 3 and concludes with Havdalah on Saturday May 6. Keep checking here for updates to the program. In all facets of the program we will be engaging in lessons learned from the Coronavirus pandemic, the crisis in Ukraine and examining the Israeli reality and our Progressive Zionist values. If you are not subscribed to the WUPJ newsletter to receive regular updates, click here.
This year’s conference will be based on the innovative “Unconference” model – our focus is on interactive collaboration through roundtable discussions and facilitation of one-on-one and small group conversations both during the formal programming and during free time.
Approximately a month before Connections, you will receive a survey to sign up for the aspects of the conference that provide options. Activities which have limited capacity for the people who sign up first. Registration begins at 14:00.
Wednesday afternoon (Beit Shmuel)
- Beit Café | You will have the opportunity to sign up for up to five one-on-one coffee dates to be randomly assigned to meet other participants in the conference.
- “Trees of Knowledge” Garden | You will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in an intimate meeting with nine other participants with a thought leader of our movement and leaders of communities presenting a best practice.
- 8:30 | Shacharit – Morning prayer and Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the egalitarian section of the Western Wall (Ezrat Israel). Communities/individuals that want to participate in the Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Site visits to expose us to Progressive Zionism in action and to spark conversation and debate on the following topics:
- Judaism and Democracy: Blessings and Responsibility
- Inclusion and Equality in Israel: Conversion, Refugees, Olim Rights and more
- A City Knit Together: Jerusalem as a Center of Collaboration (some might surprise you…)
- Innovations in Education in Israel and about Israel
- Live Long in the Land: Ecological Justice in Israel
Friday: Co-Working in Community
- 8:30 | Shacharit on the Beit Shmuel balcony (overlooking the Old City)
- 9:30 | Keynote – Rabbi Sergio Bergman: Values Propositions for Progressive Judaism in the 21st Century and Beyond (please read the Mission and Values Proposition Statement on the WUPJ website).
- 10:00 | Facilitated roundtable discussions – We will hold three rounds of 45-minute discussions. In each round, participants will be assigned to a table at which will be discussed one of the seven values of the Values Proposition. We will all share our relationship to Progressive Jewish values, our success stories and challenges and begin to envision and work on future collaborations to deepen the impact of our values in our communities and worldwide.
- 13:00 | Lunch
- 14:00 | Roundtable of Regional Forums
- 15:00 | Option of refreshing at the hotel or Shabbat spiritual preparation workshops or Happy Hour on the Balcony
- 18:00 | Kabbalat Shabbat in the Courtyard – Music, song, inspiration, and togetherness
- Shabbat Dinner in Blaustein Hall
- Shabbat morning services in Blaustein Hall
- Festive Kiddush
- Passing of Torah scrolls to new congregations
- Multi-lingual Beit Midrash
- Shabbat afternoon – Optional participation in affinity group programs
- Seudah Shlishit, Closing Dinner and program