To assist our registrants, please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions:
Will the Biennial be "Covid-safe"?
The safety of all Biennial attendees is our highest priority. All recommended Covid-19 health and safety protocols will be followed, as well as advice from healthcare professionals.
Where is registration located and when is it open?
The registration/information desk will be in the area just outside the La Perouse Room. Registration will be open during the following times: Thursday 17 November: 3.00-5.00pm; Friday 18 November: 8.00am – 9.00am.
When do I need to wear my Biennial badge?
Your Biennial badge must be displayed at all times. Thank you for cooperating with this important security measure.
Will the event be accessible?
The Biennial is fully wheelchair accessible. Please be sure to inform the UPJ office of any special needs.
Will Wi-fi be available in the meeting areas?
Yes, network name and password will be supplied.
Will the Biennial be "Covid-safe"?
Yes, all recommended Covid-19 health and safety protocols will be followed.
Where is the Friday night Shabbat service and dinner?
The Friday night Shabbat service will take place at Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra; return coach transportation to/from the Novotel Brighton Beach is included in the registration fee.
Where will the Shabbat morning service be held?
The Shabbat morning service will be held at the Novotel Brighton Beach.
What is the UPJ Biennial?
The UPJ Biennial is the place for Jews from across our region (Australia, New Zealand and Asia) to come together to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring speakers and the leaders of our Movement; reunite with old friends, and create new connections.
Who should attend the UPJ Biennial?
The Biennial is open to everyone with an interest in Progressive Judaism. Programming will be of interest to congregational leaders (lay leaders, professionals, clergy, youth leaders, and up-and-coming congregational leadership), as well as the regular “Jews in the pews”. We encourage congregations to send a large delegation to Biennial to take advantage of all the great learning and networking opportunities.
What are the dates of the UPJ Biennial?
Registration begins at 3.00pm on Thursday 17 November. The final session concludes on Sunday 20 November at 12.30pm, followed by an informal buffet lunch.
What is the recommended attire?
Any Biennial veteran will recommend a nice comfortable pair of shoes. Most attendees dress casually except on Shabbat, when most dress in "Shabbat attire" – nothing too fancy, but something that feels appropriate for wearing to services. As the Novotel Brighton Beach is located directly opposite the beach, you may want to bring clothes appropriate for swimming/walking.
I have additional questions about the UPJ Biennial. Who should I contact?
When will the Biennial Choir rehearse and sing?
It is hoped the Biennial Choir will sing during the Shabbat morning service and will receive music to prepare in advance (TBC).
Are there any security measures I should be aware of?
The health and safety of our participants is our foremost concern. It is our policy that all participants at the Biennial wear identification badges at all times. This policy is strictly enforced. Hotel security will be on duty 24 hours a day.
Can I alter my registration information after registering for the conference?
Can my partner attend only the dinners at Emanuel Synagogue and North Shore Temple Emanuel?
Yes: there is an option on the registration page under "Tickets" to select attendance for dinners only.
Hotel and Travel Information
How do I make a hotel reservation?
Please see the article about Accommodation on this page. Please note: Guests are required to book their own rooms and pay their own accounts; credit card details are required to secure bookings.
Do I have to go outside to walk from the hotel to the meeting rooms?
The Novotel Brighton Beach is a completely contained facility with a short indoor walk from the sleeping rooms to the meeting rooms.
What is the recommended arrival airport?
The Sydney Domestic/International Airport is located 7 kilometres from the hotel (approximately 10-minute drive).
What is the recommended arrival time?
If possible, arrival the day prior to the start of the Biennial conference sessions (Thursday 17 November) is recommended.
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
The Novotel Brighton Beach does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are available at the airport for approximately $25 one way. For attendees who drive or rent cars, parking is available at the hotel for $15 per car per day or $25 per car including overnight.
When should I book my return flight?
We recommend booking return flights for the late afternoon/early evening of Sunday 20 November.
Will the food provided at the URJ Biennial be kosher?
The food will be not certified kosher (with a hechsher). However all food served at the UPJ Biennial will be ovo-lacto vegetarian; no meat, chicken, pork or shellfish will be served. If you have any special dietary requirements, please be sure to note them when registering.