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Convening

Registration is still open for our 2023 Conservative/Masorti Shabbaton & Convening–T’nuah B’yahad: Building our Movement Together.

  • Shabbaton – December 1-2, 2023 
  • Convening – December 3-5, 2023
  • Location: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Use our booking link for a discount on hotel reservations- Click here!

Join hundreds of rabbis, cantors, Jewish professionals, congregational leaders, synagogue members, Conservative/Masorti leaders, teens, young adults and more as we gather to celebrate and build our Movement together!

We will:

  • LEARN models and approaches to take home and use to strengthen our own communities
  • FEEL a sense of hope and enthusiasm for the future of our communities and the Conservative/Masorti movement as a whole
  • DEEPEN our understanding of the value and role of the Conservative/Masorti movement for ourselves as individuals, as representatives of organizations and congregations, and in the broader world
  • RENEW our investment in our home institutions

To see the full schedule please click here!

Above all else, take this opportunity to reminisce and reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and get away to enjoy this time with your extended family from all over the world. Spend Shabbat immersed in spirited and soulful prayer, enriching Torah study, and deep and meaningful connection with friends and colleagues. There is nothing like having this time together with so many people of different backgrounds who all share each other’s love and passion for Conservative/Masorti Judaism.

Registration is now closed for the Conservative/Masorti Shabboton & Convening taking place December 1-5, 2023, See you in Baltimore, Maryland!

Convening Updates

Explore the Shabbaton & Convening Schedule

We are excited to share a detailed program update, including our convening website, to help you get excited for December!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE

Shabbat Experience

Join us in unity and celebration as we gather together on Friday evening, kindling the Shabbat spirit as one community. On Saturday morning, embark on a sensory journey through different tastes of Shabbat, an exploration of how it is observed across our communities.

From engaging in a Minyan for All led by Cantor Melanie Blatt, to indulging in the harmonies of Choral Torah with Cantor Josh Ehrlich, embracing the joyful spirit of Ruach Minyan with Rabbi Yosef Goldman, or finding inner peace with Yoga for Yids guided by Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, there is something for everyone.

Connect with keynote speakers Mark Oppenheimer and Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker, participate in a dynamic Sermon Slam, and discover opportunities for play, exploration, meditation, learning, song, and rest throughout Shabbat.

Be part of this extraordinary gathering as we strengthen our movement and deepen our connection to the beauty and richness of Shabbat. We’ll keep you updated as we add new elements to the Shabbat Experience.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE

Convening Workshops

Our program features over 60 workshops that will enable attendees to learn, grow and return home with new tools and ideas for their communities. Here are just a few of the sessions being offered:

•   What to Do About the State of Judaism in the Jewish State? •   Community Connections: Conversations, Causes and Cookies •   Soul Sisters: A Feminist Beit Midrash •   Critical Conversations: Finding Strength through Collaboration •   Can We Talk About Patrilineal Descent?

These topics and many more are on the schedule – you won’t want to miss out!

View Full List of Speakers and Facilitators

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Concerts

Divas on the Bima and Shul Sisters

Divas on the Bima and Shul Sisters will perform a concert together on Monday evening. This performance promises to elevate your spirit and celebrates the power of working together in harmony.

The Divas on the Bima, featuring renowned Cantors Jen CohenMagda FishmanAlisa Pomerantz-BoroElizabeth Shammash, represent current and future leadership in the cantorate and in the Cantors Assembly.

The Shul Sisters, comprised of acclaimed cantors Laurie AkersRachel Brook, and Rachel Goldman, are the first female cantorial trio in the United States.

Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz and Ensemble, In Concert

Back by popular demand, Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz and ensemble will be performing on Sunday evening.

Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, also the Director of Tefillah and Music at the Hadar Institute, is renowned for her expertise in Jewish communal prayer. An artist and composer, she has contributed to numerous albums of new Jewish music. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience her powerful and inspiring musical journey.

Why I’m Attending
Dana Sharon Winer, USCJ Vice President & Convening Co-chair 

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other’s gold.”

One of the things I always look forward to at conventions is seeing friends whom I haven’t seen in awhile. I’ve reunited with college friends, hung out with fellow USCJ volunteers, and had the chance to meet people in person whom I’ve only seen in zoom squares.

This year, I’m excited about the opportunity to make new friends, especially since it’s the first time we’ve had a truly movement-wide convening in decades. I’m looking forward to connecting with clergy, professionals, and lay leaders from across the world and planning to make many new friends. I expect we’ll leave feeling more connected to each other and inspired about the possibilities for the Conservative/Masorti movement!

Another highlight for me is the Shabbaton. I love the energy of hundreds of us together on Shabbat, singing and dancing (yes, I will be one of the ones dancing). It’s more ruach than one could imagine unless you’ve experienced it!

Finally, I plan to bring an empty bag and fill it up with Chanukah gifts from our shuk of exhibitors. There’s nothing like getting in some last-minute Chanukah shopping.

I have no doubt that between my newfound friends, a soul filled with ruach, and a suitcase of goodies, I’ll leave our convening full of light to shine into Chanukah. I hope to see you there!

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved with the Masroti/Conservative 2023 Shabbaton and Convening.

READ MORE ABOUT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

READ MORE ABOUT BECOMING AN EXHIBITOR

We’ve started sending emails to exhibitors with details about the Convening. You can find them all archived here for your reference.

Exhibitor Email #1 – 11/1/23

FAQ: Exhibitor Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the open schedule times for the village? Set up: Sunday 12/3/23 7AM, Village hours: Sunday 10:30-8PM (or later if you choose)*, Monday 8AM-8PM (or later if you choose), Tuesday 8AM-12PM, Take down: Convening ends 12PM *we have not yet determined how late the village will be open, this will depend on the final schedule, we will update you.
  2. What size will the tables be (6 ft/8 ft)? 8ft
  3. Will there be table coverings provided? There will be tablecloths
  4. Will there be pipe and drape between and/or behind? NoYou are welcome to bring a 7ft pull up banner for behind
  5. How much space will there be between each exhibitor? 2ft on each side, depending on the final number of vendors
  6. Will Movement Partners be located together? Yes, we will try to do this
  7. Do exhibitors have weigh-in on where they are located? We try to accommodate to the best of our ability on a first come first served basis, please reach out to Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak at [email protected]
  8. Could you provide me with a schematic of the space for visualization purposes? Yes we can, upon request.
  9. How many spaces are available with access to power? All spaces will have access to power.
  10. What is the overall booth space per exhibitor? Example – 10×10? So each vendor is able to plan for the spacing of retractable banners/etc. One 8ft table with 2ft on either side, and 6ft behind.

Upcoming Programs, Events & Webinars

Webinar
December 19, 2023
7 Tevet, 57841:00 PM

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