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2018 summer Family Conference


Gathering the worldwide Messianic Jewish community for worship, prayer, discussion, fellowship, and study. Featuring special guest speakers: Rev. Dr. Don Finto (author of God's Promise and the Future for Israel) and Dr. Amy-Jill Levine (author of The Misunderstood Jew and Short Stories by Jesus, and co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament). Enjoy visionary teaching and practical workshops by outstanding UMJC teachers and speakers. Closing night concert is on Saturday with Miqedem, the all-star band from Israel.

Full registration includes 2 kosher-style meals, access to all workshops and plenary sessions, and closing night concert. (Certified kosher meal option for an additional charge is available)

Discounted hotel rooms are available if you reserve by June 19th. $125 per night for standard rooms, and $170 per night for Family Bunk Rooms. This rate includes 2 free breakfast vouchers per night and free WiFi. Please reserve your room before or after you complete your registration. Click here for hotel reservations.

Need help? For assistance with registration or special requests, please contact the Registration Team.

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schedule of events


Monday, July 16th

  • 3 PM Regional Directors Meeting

Tuesday, July 17th

  • 9 AM Steering Committee Meetings
  • 5 PM Steering & Past Presidents' Dinner
  • 8 PM Delegate Reception

Wednesday, July 18th

  • 9 AM      Youth Conference Kick-off!
  • 8 AM      Delegate Registration
  • 9 AM      Delegate Meeting
  • 11 AM     Exhibitor Registration & Setup begins
  • 5 PM        Registration for Conference opens
  • 7 PM       Pool Party & Conference Kick-off: Family Fun Night by the Pool! 
  • 9:30 PM  Twenties Reception

Thursday, July 19th

  • 9 AM-4 PM Workshops, Children's Program and Youth Outing
    • 9:15 AM Workshops:
      • I'm New Here! Welcome to the Union - Rabbi Barney & Liz Kasdan
      • Israeli Dance (for Beginners) - Chaiyah Cohen
      • Three Things Every Man Needs (Men's Seminar) - Rabbi Russ Resnik
      • How to Bring Health, Healing, and Freedom to Your Congregation - Rabbi Ira & Gloria Brawer
    • 10:30 AM Workshops:
      • Finding God in Greenwich Village - Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann
      • Who is a Jew? - Rabbi Dr. David Rudolph
      • Bible Engagement for Families - Mark & Daniah Greenberg
      • A Jewish Healing Reawakening - Rabbi Nathan Joiner
    • 1:30 PM Workshops:
      • Two Perspectives on the Role of Gentiles in Messianic Judaism (Part I) - Dr. Bruce Stokes
      • The Biblical Jubilee and Sacred History - Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
      • "Shabbalom": Bringing Messianic Judaism into our Toddler-Filled Home - Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook
    • 2:45 PM Workshops: 
      • Two Perspectives on the Role of Gentiles in Messianic Judaism (Part II) - Mary Haller
      • The Midrash on Lamentations - Rabbi Dr. Carl Kinbar
      • Will There be WiFi?: Going Uphill with Millennials - Melissa Moskowitz
      • Israeli Dance (Intermediate) - Chaiyah Cohen
  • 7 PM Plenary Session. Featured Speaker: UMJC President Jesse H.
  • 9:30 PM Happy Hour honoring 2 newly ordained UMJC rabbis!

Friday, July 20th

  • 9 AM-4 PM Workshops, Children's and Youth Programs
    • 9:15 AM Workshops:
      • Ministering in Post-War Germany - Rev. Dr. Don Finto
      • Paul within Judaism - Ryan Lambert
      • Passing the Torch of Ministry - Shari & Joshua Rubinstein
      • The Ministry of Fathering - Rabbi Dr. Michael Schiffman
    • 10:30 AM Workshop:
      • Common Misconceptions of Early Judaism - Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
    • 1:30 PM Workshops:
      • Finding the Trinity in Luke/Acts (Theology Forum Session 1) - Jason Moraff
      • Adam Loves Eve - Boaz Michael
      • When the Heavens are Opened (for Russian speakers) - Shulamit Goldin
      • Messianic Jews and the Press - Deborah Pardo-Kaplan
    • 2:45 PM Workshops: 
      • Finding the Trinity in the Tanakh (Theology Forum Session 2) - Dr. Patrice Fischer
      • My Experiences in the IDF - Tovik Liberman
      • Raising Messianic Jewish Grandchildren - Rabbi Rich & Susan Nichol & Rabbi Ira & Gloria Brawer
      • Tisha B'Av - Steve Bernstein
  • 6:30 PM Erev Shabbat Dinner (meal included in registration). Presentation of Annual UMJC Lifetime Service & Sacrifice Award. Featured Speaker: Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

Saturday, July 21st

  • 10 AM Shabbat Morning Service. Featured Speaker: Rabbi Joshua Brumbach
  • 12:30 PM Shabbat Lunch (meal included in registration)
  • 2-4 PM Torah Study Roundtable Discussions
  • 7 PM Closing Session & Concert by Miqedem. Featured Speaker: Rev. Dr. Don Finto

*Session schedules or Salons are subject to change.

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Wed, Jul 18, 2018, 5:00 PM –

Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 11:00 PM EDT

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Sheraton Lake Buena Vista

12205 S Apopka Vineland Road

Orlando, FL 32836

Phone Number: 407-239-0444

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Refunds up to 7 days before event


Scroll through the slideshow below to enjoy highlights from the July 2017 Union Conference in Chicago.