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B’RUCHIM HABA-IM!

We are so excited to be in Israel for our historic first convention taking place in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. For the past year and a half, our committee has worked hard to put together a conference whose goals were to expose all of us to leading thinkers on current topics, to study, to have new cultural experiences and create opportunities that we would likely not have coming to Israel on our own. The question that drove every aspect of our programming was: have we done this before or is it new to most of us? Being in Tel Aviv will enable us to enrich our programming and be exposed to a broader spectrum of what Israel has to offer.

 

Our program includes many diverse tracks on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon. We know that these were difficult to choose from and many people spoke about wanting to take advantage of many of the tracks. We believe that this is a sign of good programming.

 

Friday is going to be an outstanding day for everyone. We are excited to participate in the Tel Aviv Marathon! Together, we will Walk/Run Forward with the Progressive Movement. There is a great alternative program for non-runners/walkers at the hotel. We made a conscious decision to spend Erev Shabbat with congregations that do not get many visiting groups from abroad so that we may show them our support.

 

We hope that during this conference, you will reconnect with Israel and old friends, meet new colleagues, form new bonds with our Israeli and European colleagues, learn many new things, recharge your spiritual batteries, have good food, enjoy the music, the film and other cultural opportunities. May your souls be sated with spiritual nourishment that you can share with others when you go back home.

 

We hope that your experience will be as enriching for you as it was for those of us who worked to make this conference happen.

 

B'shalom,

 

Janet Liss

Conference Chair

 

Scott Sperling

Conference Vice-Chair