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Why all Jewish conferences should include Shabbat

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Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 7:40 am

I have attended countless Jewish leadership conferences. In many instances, I have even been on the steering committees responsible for the selection of a theme, the development of programming, wrangling speakers and overall logistical planning. Those responsible for scheduling always grapple with the same question: What do we do about Shabbat?

Too often, conference organizers avoid Shabbat programming like the plague. Shabbat is seen as such a logistical nightmare and religious tinderbox that international conference attendees are most often left to their own devices. But this is a missed opportunity.

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