The World Union For Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) will be holding its 36th biennial international convention, Connections 2013, in Jerusalem in May 2013.
The WUPJ is the international umbrella
organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200
congregations with 1.8 million members in 45 countries. The World Union strengthens Jewish life in
Israel and worldwide by establishing and supporting modern, pluralistic congregations and institutions,
developing Jewish communal and youth leadership and advancing social justice.
The World Unionâ€™s biennial international convention is a unique event â€“ full of spirit, learning, sharing
and fun â€“ where Reform, Progressive and Liberal Jews from around the world connect with
each other and help shape the future of their movements.
The theme of the 36th convention is â€œBeing the Difference.â€ It aims to highlight the integration of
Progressive Jews as well as their commitment to Tikkun Olam, by creating the opportunity to learn,
explore, question, involve and inspire our family from across the globe, showcasing the diversity of our
progressive Jewish world, celebrating our achievements, and building closer links and bridges between our
communities worldwide to shape our future. The focus is on what it means to be a Progressive Jew in
the 21st century.
From the opening ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, May 1st through the closing Gala evening
event on Sunday, May 5, the convention will offer workshops and panel discussions, walking tours and field trips,
study and entertainment, and the most uplifting and universal Shabbat celebration observed anywhere in
Connections 2013 will include a lineup of inspiring keynote speakers, including Professor Irwin
Cotler, Ruth Messinger, David Grossman and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, as
well as amazing musical performances (Ahinoam Nini), festive opening and closing
ceremonies, a Tamar conference and Netzer presence, and the most inspiring Shabbat in the world â€“ all this while allowing opportunities to connect and exchange ideas with one another!
Discussion topics include:
How to use the community for social and environmental change
The role of the family in Jewish education and Jewish continuity
Changing the face of Israel from within – bringing Progressive Judaism to secular Israelis
The Inclusive Synagogue: How open can our tent afford to be?
New models of Jewish education
Building an Israel-engaged congregation
New directions of Tfillah
Engaging Youth and Young Adults through Tikkun Olam activities
Ethical, legal and social challenges to mitzvoth
Advocating for Israel
Coexistence; Minorities and everything in between
Saving our planet
Partnerships for a better world
Greening our synagogues
Making change through music
Teaching a Fish or Giving a Fish: Tzedek or Tzedakah
*Refuge to refugees or refuge from refugees- a global dillema
Technology as a vehicle for social change
Teaching Tikkun Olam
Prayer as a means of tikkun atzmi
Zionism as a force for Tikkun
* Text studies
For more information, visit the Connections website at: