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Bradenton residents will represent Temple Emanu-El at international convention

MANATEE -- When thousands of Reform Jews from all over the world gather Nov. 4-8 for study, worship and community-building at the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial Convention in Orlando, Temple Emanu-El will be represented by its largest delegation in more than a decade.

Among the delegates who will join Temple Emanu-El's Rabbi Brenner Glickman in attending this year's biennial are congregational leaders who make their home in the Bradenton area: Temple Emanu-El President Gloria Weed, Vice President of Education Toby Halpern and Associate Rabbi Richard Klein.

The lineup of events includes a presidential candidate debate; keynote speeches by leading authors, activists, and journalists; study sessions facilitated by scholars and professors from all over North America and Israel; and proposed resolutions regarding current political issues and world affairs.

"The Biennial is electric. Thousands of the most dedicated and enthusiastic Jews come together at once," Glickman said. "People are sharing ideas and inspiring one another. It is like no other event. The best of the best of liberal Judaism come together as one.

"We have a full delegation going," he added. "We are proud that some of our members are leaders in the national organization. We look forward to bringing home new ideas and best practices from other congregations."

Information: Call 941-371-2788.