Chicago is cold in the winter, but the URJ Biennial was very warm


Elizabeth Savage, BCC Executive Vice President

BCC President Jay Jacobs and I were among thousands of Jews from across North America and around the world who attended the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in Chicago in December. We gathered to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring speakers and the leaders, reunite with old friends, create new connections, and make decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement. If you missed it, you can watch the plenary proceedings here.

In particular, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs addressed the Biennial with his decisive and purposeful vision for our Reform  Jewish future. He challenged us to think about how we can move forward not just with good intentions but also with great impact. Here is the full text of his speech – a must-read!!

Notably, there were several resolutions passed at the Biennial
which are detailed here:
• URJ Resolution on Anti-Semitism
• Resolution on the Study and Development of Reparations for
Slavery and Systemic Racism in the U.S.
• Resolution on Private Prisons
• Resolution on Supporting Those Affected by the Opioid Crisis

And there was much, much more. I would encourage all of you to consider attending the next Biennial at the end of 2021 in Washington, D.C. Please contact me if you would like to know more about this exciting and inspiring event.