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URJ Biennial Shabbat

URJ Biennial Shabbat Service

This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate Shabbat together with thousands of others from the Boston area and beyond.

Date: Friday, December 8th

Time: 5:30pm - dinner (optional)
         7:15pm - Shabbat service and song

Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston 

Transportation: Special bus service from Sudbury for CBT and Beth El members

Cost: $95 for dinner, no charge for service

Contact: Robin Berman ([email protected])

Registration: required -

1) Register to attend (required for everyone)
Important: On the registration page, scroll down and click on the blue button "Register for Boston-area resident opportunities".

2) Register for bus transportation (required if taking the bus) 
Note: the bus will get there in time for the service. You must provide your own transportation if you plan to attend the dinner, which starts earlier.

Additional Information

Source: URJ Biennial website

Kabbalat Shabbat Services: 7:15 PM  -  8:45 PM   

We will culminate our week of study and learning with a Kabbalat Shabbat service that reminds us of our imperative to create meaning, welcome the stranger, and connect to community. The worship leaders, musicians, and choir will invite us into the warmth and beauty of Shabbat, while reminding us that we all are refugees, looking for comfort and community as so many still are in our world.

The Shabbat of Biennial we will read the Torah portion Vayeshev which tells the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Joseph’s coat is ruined by his brothers who are overcome by jealousy, but we have an opportunity to join together as a community and provide coats that will offer warmth and comfort to people in need. 

We invite you to bring (or send) an EXTRA coat with you to Biennial this December. The NEW COATS – for toddlers, children and adults - will be collected at our Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening December 8th and then donated to City Mission. City Mission is a non-profit organization that catalyzes action to root out poverty in Boston neighborhoods. Their strategic focus is on homelessness prevention. 

The coats we collect will be distributed to families in the Boston Public School system and clients of HERN, the Homeless Education Resource Network. Together, these groups provide social services, clothing, and school supplies to more than 3,000 homeless K-12 students. If you are unable to bring a new coat, a new warm scarf would be an appreciated contribution.

Join us and dream of a world where all people experience compassion, wholeness and peace. Help make that dream a reality for the community that will be our home for Biennial 2017.

Cantor Sheera Ben-David,  Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman     
Song Session: 8:45 PM  -  10:00 PM  

Come and enjoy today's top Jewish musicians, songleaders, and clergy for a rousing song session! Sing along with 5000 friends, and raise a joyous sound!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION link to the URJ Biennial website