This summer's conference will be a celebration of the Union's 40 remarkable years. Come hear about our history from the pioneers who started it all and be inspired by those leading the effort to raise up the next generation, who will guide us into the future. Enjoy visionary teaching and practical seminars by outstanding UMJC teachers and speakers.
This year's conference features class offerings toward the new UMJC Messianic Educators Certificate and a timely, hands-on class on personal and synagogue security offered by Greg Crane, the founder of ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), the nation's leading organizational active response and preparedness training experts.
Be sure to check out supplemental conference offerings like the Paint Night (sponsored by UNION Women) and a family-friendly Saturday afternoon field trip to the Skirball Cultural Center, a premier west coast Jewish cultural museum. Pack your dancing shoes for the big 40th Birthday Bash on Saturday night featuring a DJ, dancefloor, bounce house, games, and fun for all ages.
Full registration includes 2 kosher-style meals, access to all workshops and plenary sessions, and the closing night birthday bash. (Certified kosher meal option for an additional charge is available)
Discounted hotel rooms are available if you reserve by June 21st for $150 per night for standard rooms. Please make your hotel reservation after you complete your registration. Click here for hotel reservations.
Need help? For assistance with registration or special requests, please contact the Registration Team.
Tuesday, July 16th
9 AM Regional Directors Meeting
2 PM Steering Committee Meetings
8 PM Delegate Reception
Wednesday, July 17th
8:30 AM Delegate Check-in
9 AM Delegate Meeting
6 PM Check in for Conference Opens
7:30 PM Opening Session - Union President Rabbi Dr. John Fischer
9 PM Young Adults Gathering
Thursday, July 18th
Youth Outing -Surfing with Rabbi Barney, the surfing rabbi, along with grilling, games, and guitars!
9 AM -4 PM Children's Program and Nursery
9:15-10:15 AM Workshops: History of the Union, The Tour of Roses: Planting Seeds of God’s Extravagant Love, and ALICE Training part 1
10:30-11:30 AM Workshops: How to Lead a Torah Service, Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen: Introducing the Newest Book by Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer, and ALICE Training part 2
1:30-2:30 PM Workshops: The Origins of the Union, Israeli Dance Beginners, and ALICE Training part 1 (repeat)
1:30-4 PM UMJC Messianic Educators Certificate class: Jewish Practice: Holidays and Life Cycles part 1 (additional cost)
2:45-3:45 PM Workshops: Performers or Priests?: How and Why Should We Take Messianic Jewish Worship Deeper and Higher?, Israeli Dance Intermediate, and ALICE Training part 2 (repeat)
7 PM Plenary Session - Union Executive Director Monique Brumbach
9 PM Smicha Social
9:30 PM Union Women Paint Night (additional cost)
Friday, July 19th
9 AM-4 PM Children's and Nursery Programs
9-11:30 AM UMJC Messianic Educators Certificate class: Jewish Practice: Holidays and Life Cycles part 2 (additional cost)
9:15-10:15 AM Workshops: How to Plant a New Congregation: Stuff I Learned the Hard Way, Russian Workshop, and Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: Newest Book by Sean Emslie
10:30-11:30 AM Workshops: Aliyah Update, Guided by Truth: Learning & Deploying Messianic Jewish Apologetics, Understanding the American Jewish Divide on Israel
1:30-2:30 PM Workshops: How to Lay Tefilin, Why Invest In Young Leaders?, and Report from Jerusalem
1:30-4 PM UMJC Messianic Educators Certificate class: Jewish Practice: The Study of Judaism part 1 (additional cost)
2:45-3:45 PM Workshops: Balancing Work/Life/Synagouge and Indentifying, Equipping, Empowering & Releasing Millennial Leadership
4:30-6 PM Kabbalat Shabbat
6:30 PM Shabbat Dinner - Shabbos Night Live hosted by David Wein & Special Guest Rabbi Dr. Dan Juster, Patty Juster, Rabbi Dr. John Fischer & Dr. Patrice Fischer (meal included in registration)
Saturday, July 2oth
10 AM Torah Service
12:30 PM Shabbat Lunch (meal included in registration)
1:30-5:30 Optional afternoon outing to Skirball Cultural Center (additional cost)
2-4 PM Torah Study Roundtable Discussions
2-4:30 PM UMJC Messianic Educators Certificate class: Jewish Practice: The Study of Judaism part 2 (additional cost)
7 PM Closing Session followed by Birthday Bash
*Session schedules or Salons are subject to change.
Curious about the new UMJC Messianic Educators Certificate class offerings?
Earn credits toward your Messianic Educators Certificate by participating in 2 courses offered by The King's University (TKU). This new credential is perfect for Shabbat and Sunday school teachers, Education Directors, parents, interns, youth leaders, and anyone involved in instilling Messianic Jewish values in children and teens.
Rabbi Barney Kasdan will be this year's TKU instructor and tuition will be $25 for each course. Completion of the course will count toward the UMJC's Messianic Jewish Educators Certificate but it will not count toward undergraduate or graduate credit at TKU.
Students will be required to purchase three books: God’s Appointed Times and God’s Appointed Customs by Rabbi Barney Kasdan, and To Be a Jew by Hayim Halevy Donin. These books will not be included in the registration and tuition fees.
Course 1: Jewish Practice: Holidays and Life Cycles
Description: Holy Days, lifestyle, Jewish values and tradition, Jewish history, Jewish calendar
Class Objectives: Teachers will learn about Jewish holidays and life cycle events.
Course 2: Jewish Practice: The Study of Judaism
Description: Review of traditional Judaism and Messianic Judaism; understand the structure of the service, Mishnah, Talmud, Yiddish 101, UMJC belief statement, Synagogue customs, New Covenant
Class Objectives: To understands the Jewishness of our community and how to integrate Judaism into the classroom.
Scroll through the slideshow below to enjoy highlights from the July 2018 UNION Conference in Orlando.