July 11, 2014

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2014 International Conference | Chicago | July 17-20

Weekly Torah Study

Upcoming Events

Summer Business Meetings
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm

2014 UMJC Business Meetings

Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore

Monday, July 14  


Executive Committee 
Tuesday, July 15


Executive Committee 


Exec-RD meeting with working dinner 
Wednesday, July 16 


Full Steering Committee with working lunch


Registration Open



Past Presidents Advisory Board


Registration Open



 Annual UMJC Business meeting

(delegates and guests)


Delegate reception
Thursday, July 17 


Traditional prayers

Free prayer


Annual UMJC Business meeting

Achot outing for women


Registration Open


Conference opens with Family Fun Night in the Park


Youth program opens at Limud: UMJC International Conference
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm

To encourage and expand youth participation at this summer’s UMJC conference in Chicago, the UMJC Youth board announces a special kabbetz haesrim chicago 2011registration rate of just $115.00 ages 13-18, through June 2. Here’s the word from the Youth Board:

Warm weather and Chicago are just around the corner, and the members of the UMJCy (Youth) Board are excited for July to come! This year’s youth conference starts July 16, one day before the main conference, and will be held off-site (only a mile away) at Devar Emet Messianic Synagogue – so the youth will have free rein of a huge fellowship room, grass fields next to the building, and a kitchen (yes, there will be LOTS of food).

This year we will focus on how to best study the Word of God so we can better learn it and then teach it to others. The lessons will be interactive, with plenty of worship, activity and food (yes, more food) in between, plus perhaps some close and personal experiences with the incredible city of Chicago itself. Shuttles between the hotel and the shul will be provided and most meals and a t-shirt are included in the registration price – and it’s ONLY $115, through June 2, so get on it!

For details as they unfold (rooming options with other teens, activity details, etc.) watch umjc.org and check out  www.Facebook.com/UMJCy.

Have any questions? Please contact us at umjcy@gmail.com or call Rachel Gliebe at (847) 721-0211.

Youth conference begins Wednesday evening, July 16.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014



Youth Registration at the Holiday Inn 12-4pm
Shuttles to Devar Emet (1.5miles away where the Youth conference will be taking place; shuttles will run every 5-10mins during their scheduled times) 5-5:30pm
Introductions & Youth Dinner 5:30-6:30pm
Activities Night! 6:30-9:30pm
Return Shuttle to the Hotel 9:30-10pm


Thursday, July 17th, 2014



Shuttle to Devar Emet 8:30-9am
Session #1 9am-12pm
Lunch (provided for the youth) 12:15-1pm
Session #2 1-4pm
Return Shuttle to the Hotel 4-4:30pm
UMJC Picnic Kick-off 4:30-7:30pm
Youth Activities at the Hotel 9pm

Friday, July 18th, 2014



Shuttle to Devar Emet 8:30-9am
Session #3 9-10:30am
Youth Outing! 10:30am-2:30pm
Return to Devar, debrief 2:30-3:30pm
Return Shuttle to the Hotel 3:30-4pm
Shabbat Dinner (part of the main conference) 6-9pm

Saturday, July 19th, 2014



Shabbat Morning Service (with main conference) 10am-1pm
Shuttle to Devar Emet 2-2:30pm
Shabbat Activities (required! But several options will be available J) 2:30-5:30pm
Return Shuttle to the Hotel 5:30-6pm
Saturday Evening Plenary Session (with the main conference) 7pm-12am

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Closing service with main conference 10:30am-12:00noon
Limud: UMJC International Conference @ Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm

Limud: To Learn and to Teach
2014 UMJC International Conference
Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
July 17–20, 2014
For air travel: Recommended airport is Chicago O’Hare. Chicago Midway is also an option. Transportation from/to airport: call American Taxi 847-673-1000 or go to www.Americantaxi.com. Recommended by the hotel.YOUTH CONFERENCE begins Wednesday evening, July 16

“Modern day psalmist” Marty Goetz and his daughter Misha will appear at this year’s UMJC conference, Saturday night, July 19, along with martykeynote speaker Jonathan Bernis. Marty says, “I am a Jewish gospel singing, piano playing, family cherishing, Bible reading, ever learning, God fearing, baby booming follower of Yeshua HaMashiach, the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world.” His songs include, “He is my Defense,” “Lamb of God,” “For Zion’s Sake,” and many other favorites. Misha is an emerging Messianic Jewish artist in her own right, and will join Marty in a worship concert that promises to be an unforgettable evening, including a keynote message by Jonathan Bernis, visionary leader of Jewish Voice Ministries International.

Along with this highlight the conference team has confirmed a roster of outstanding speakers and topics based on our theme Limud, To Learn and to Teach.

Click here for the complete program guide


Here’s the schedule: Children’s schedule below. Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, July 16

Youth Conference opens with its evening session at 7:00 and continues all day Thursday before syncing with the general conference for Family Fun Night on Thursday evening. Youth registration is open 12:00-3:00 on Wednesday, July 16.  Click here for youth schedule.

Thursday, July 17

3:00-8:00 Registration is open.

5:30 Conference opens with Family Fun Night and barbecue in local park. (Must be registered to attend.) Food, fun, Brant and Anna Boneh, a hands-on multi-generational art project with Messianic Artists Collective, kickball, and more!

Friday, July 18

8:45 – 9:05 am – Conference Welcome Session for all attendees

9:15 – 10:25 am

  • Making our Good News Better, Stuart Dauermann
  • Kehilat Adonai versus Adat Yisrael, Charlie Cohen
  • Sing the Sidra, Jeff & Pat Feinberg
  • Flourishing in Exile, Boaz Michael
  • Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol

10:45 am – 12:00 noon

  • Making our Good News Better, Part 2, Stuart Dauermann
  • Ezra and the Prophetic Renewal of the Priestly Torah, Mark Kinzer
  • Developing Excellent Bar/Bat Mitzvah Programs, Marcy Kotting
  • Developing and Sharing Your Living Testimony, Aaron Trank
  • Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol

2:00 – 3:15 pm

  • Spinning Stories & Weaving Tales of Truth: Learning through Dramatic Arts, Jennifer Pedraza
  • Children’s Education Panel, Jay Gage, Andrea Rubinstein and Shari Rubinstein
  • Apocalypse Now, Michael Vowell, Patrice Fischer, Barney Kasdan, Benjamin Feldman and Noel Rabinowitz
  • Talmud 101: an introduction to Talmud Study from a MJ perspective, Hannah Roussel
  • Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol

3:30 – 4:45 pm

  • Bible Study Tips & Tools for “Lifelong Limuding”, Henri Goulet
  • Teaching through Media, Jonathan Bernis, Aaron Trank, Josh Rubinstein
  • Happenings in the (Sister)Hood, Liz Kasdan, Meryl Eaton, Lola Klein
  • Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol

6:30 pm Erev Shabbat Dinner

  • Shabbat table prayers with Rabbi Joshua Brumbach and UMJC rabbis band
  • Recognition and appreciation ceremony
  • Message from Rabbi Kirk Gliebe

Saturday, July 19

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Shabbat morning Torah service

  • Message from Rabbi Rich Nichol
  • Worship with Ruach Israel worship team

2:00 – 3:15

  • In the Shadow of Mashiach: The Parasha in Light of Yeshua and the Rabbis, Joshua Brumbach
  • Interactive study of weekly Torah portion, Russ Resnik
  • Developing Mussar, Jason Forbes & Paul Saal
  • Dance Workshop with internationally accredited instructor Ian Arroyo

3:30 – 4:30

  • Interactive study of weekly Torah portion, Susan Feldman
  • Midrash: An Interactive Hebrew Text Study, Carl Kinbar
  • Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations, David Rudolph
  • Dance Workshop 2, Ian Arroyo

7:30 – 9:30 pm

Saturday evening celebration

  • Keynote speaker, Jonathan Bernis
  • Worship Leaders, Marty and Misha Goetz

9:30 pm

Late night concert with Ha Derek worship band

Sunday, July 20

10:30 am – 12:00 noon

  • Keynote speaker, Ellen Goldsmith
  • Worship with Ha Derek band
  • Ordination ceremony
  • Zichron Mashiach (Messiah’s Remembrance Meal) with Russ Resnik

 2:00-5:00 pm

Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol

6:30-9:30 pm

Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol

Monday, July 21

8:30 am-12:30 pm

Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol

2:00-5:00 pm

Optional Madrikh Course: “Sermon Preparation and Delivery”  Dr. Rich Nichol


“All its Paths are Peace”

Thursday, July 17

5:30-8:30 pm Family Fun Night in the Park

Friday, July 18

8:45 am-noon. Check-in: 8:30 am. Pick up no later than 12:15 pm.

2:00 – 4:45 pm. Check-in 1:45 pm. Pick up no later than 5:00 pm.

Saturday, July 19

10:00 am- noon. With parents for morning service

2:00 – 4:30 pm. Check-in 1:45 pm. Pick up no later than 4:45 pm.

7:30 – 9:30 pm. Check-in 7:15 pm. Pick up no later than 9:45 pm.

Sunday, July 28

10:30 am – noon. Check-in 10:15 am. Pick up no later than 12:15 pm.


Ezra had set his heart to study the Torah of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. (Ezra 7:10).

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