Over one day of sessions we will present a compelling vision of Progressive Judaism for 2020 and beyond, and new ways to connect and build strong communities and congregations for the future. As well as engaging topics, there will be an opportunity to study with rabbis, cantors and lay leaders from across the region, and enjoy music to energise and inspire us.
The Virtual Biennial will be preceded by Kabbalat Shabbat hosted by the United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore (Friday 6 November at 6.00pm), Havdalah co-hosted by Temple Beth Israel (Melbourne) and NSTE on Saturday 7 November at 8.30pm, and Shacharit morning service on Sunday 8 November at 9.00am, hosted by Emanuel Synagogue.
The program on Sunday 8 November will begin at 10.00am (Sydney time) and will conclude at 6.00pm. It will be followed immediately by a concert by Chutney (Klezmer fusion band).
We are delighted that Rabbi Sharon Brous will speak to us on Sunday 8 November. Rabbi Brous will also be our guest presenter "in person" at the UPJ Biennial in October 2021.
Rabbi Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR. Launched in 2004, IKAR is a Los Angeles congregation rooted in the goal of “reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice”. It is among the fastest growing congregations in the United States today, building a Relational Judaism that reaches both the committed and “the folks who wouldn’t even walk in the door”.
Rabbi Brous shared the following message with our community in advance of the Virtual Biennial:" Especially in light of the great challenges facing our Jewish community and the world in this tumultuous time, I am thrilled and honored to spend time with your extraordinary community. We’ll be learning together online this year, in November 2020, and then my family and I will—God willing—join you at UPJ Biennial in person next year. Until then, may you all find strength and inspiration in the holy days ahead."