Reform Movement Events

Other Reform Movement-affiliated events happen throughout the year. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and other affiliated organizations host conferences and conventions geared towards different types of leaders and participants in Reform activities. More information about events can be found on the URJ calendar, the calendar, and other Reform organizations’ websites.

Some of these prominent Movement events include:

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

  • URJ Biennial: Held at the end of odd-numbered years and with a WRJ prescence, this five-day conference is the place for Jews from across North America and around the world to come together to learn, pray, dance and sing, reunite with old friends, create new connections, make decisions about Movement policies, and more.
  • URJ Leadership Institute/Scheidt Seminar: Each spring, URJ hosts the Scheidt Seminar for congregational presidents and presidents-elect to develop leadership skills, connect with each other and Reform Movement leaders, and discuss shared issues and challenges. The Leadership Institute offers other training and engagement opportunities for practical skills and critical thinking. 
  • URJ/OSRUI Hava Nashira: Held annually at the URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) in WI, this weekend-long program helps those who teach or lead music in camps, congregations, or centers improve their skills by learning from Jewish music innovators.

NFTY–The Reform Jewish Youth Movement

  • URJ Youth Summit and NFTY Convention: This five-day biennial convention, held in February of odd-numbered years, connects, engages, and inspires thousands of Jewish teens committed to the values of Reform Judaism at the "Youth Summit Teen Track," or NFTY Convention, and hundreds of adults who are invested in the future of Reform youth (with one track for professionals and one for stakeholders).
  • NFTY Regional Events: Each of NFTY’s 19 regions holds its own events throughout the year, bringing together high school students in grades 9 to 12 for social, educational, social action, and religious programming.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)

  • RAC Consultation on Conscience: This flagship social justice conference, which occurs in the spring of odd-numbered years in Washington, D.C., features briefings with public policy decision makers and social action leaders and helps those with a passion for tikkun olam bring Jewish values to modern issues.
  • RAC L’Taken Social Justice Seminars: Each winter, the RAC brings almost 2,000 high school students to Washington, D.C. to learn about and explore public policy issues, the Jewish values surrounding these issues, and how to become an effective advocate.

World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)

  • WUPJ Connections Conference: This biennial conference, held in the spring of odd-numbered years, brings together Progressive (Reform, Reconstructionist, Progressive, and Liberal) Jews from around the world for workshops, discussions, programs, study, entertainment, and worship that connect and showcase the diversity of its constituents.

American Conference of Cantors (ACC)

  • ACC-GTM Convention: This URJ affiliate and the Guild of Temple Musicians holds its members’ yearly conference in the summer.

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)

Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ)

  • MRJ Convention: This biennial convention for Men of Reform Judaism is held in the summer of even-numbered years.

National Association for Temple Administration (NATA)

  • NATA Conference: This annual conference brings together administrators and presenters in the areas of Judaic knowledge, management, finance, human resources and leadership. In odd-numbered years, it immediately precedes the URJ Biennial/WRJ Assembly.

National Association of Temple Educators (NATE)

  • NATE Conference: This organization holds its annual conference in the beginning of the year.