2022 Chicago Convention

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2022 Chicago Convention

June 7-8, 2022

Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago

You spoke, we listened, and now we gather in Chicago! Please join us in June as we bring our voices together for the first time since 2019. We will finally be able to learn b’yachad, pray b’yachad, celebrate milestones and new colleagues b’yachad, and just be b’yachad! While it’s been great seeing each other on zoom, we know we are stronger B’YACHAD! See you in Chicago!

For more months than we care to count we have all been focused on keeping our congregations and ourselves safe and healthy by finding ways to pray, learn, and congregate separately and now we finally get to be together again!

We will turn our attentions to our ACC and GTM communities to find renewal in praying together, rejuvenation in learning from our Scholar-In-Residence Wendy Goldberg, Executive Director of the Tri-Faith Initiative, and restoration in raising our voices in song once again with friends and colleagues. There will be opportunities to enjoy the sights, sounds, and unique tastes of Chicago, lots of good music, and most importantly, the chance to be together B’Yachad!

To register for the 2022 Convention, click here to go to our secure registration form. Click here for the draft schedule.

The Details

While the locations for some programming is still in the works, we can share this draft schedule with you. As we plan this convention during a pandemic, we thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility should some events not be possible. As of the registration release, your registration will include the following programming and meals:

  • Tuesday afternoon's Scholar in residence program at Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel. 
  • Tuesday evening welcome reception.
  • Wednesday's breakfast, programming and closing dinner and celebration of the new ACC Officer Team at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel. 
  • Tuesday's morning tours and "late night" programming at the Redhead Piano Bar are not included in the registration fee. Selections for certain pre-paid tours and free tours are available in the registration form.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the information to book your hotel rooms at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel. The Convention Committee has secured a discounted rate at the hotel which allows us to have a certain amount of meeting space and other events within the hotel and no additional charge. Please book your room within our block. Individuals are responsible for your own bookings and cancellations. It is recommended that you sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy Frequent Stay program before making your reservation. Basic internet service will be included in the room rate for all Marriott Bonvoy members. If you are driving to Chicago, we recommend an app such as "SpotHero" to search for parking. The hotel no longer has onsite parking. The closest parking is at 875 N. Michigan Avenue (formerly the John Hancock Tower) just across the street from the hotel. Other nearby parking lots include Northwestern Memorial Hospital which is just a few blocks away. 

Registration ends Monday, May 9, 2022. 

Click here to register!

Convention Tribute Slide Show

This year, we will be honoring our esteemed colleagues who have celebrated membership milestones over the last few years; our outgoing ACC president—Cantor Claire Franco—and her team; our incoming ACC president—Cantor Seth Warner—and his team; David Shukiar and his GTM team; and Cantor Gail Hirschenfang as she retires as the Director of Member Support for the ACC.

We invite you to express your love, support, and gratitude by making a direct donation to one of our funds or by contributing an ad to our Convention Tribute Slideshow in one of two ways. To contribute to the slideshow, we ask that you send your slide with your message and artwork in honor of your friends and colleagues; or, you are welcome to participate by adding your name to a page of congratulations in our journal for $72.

Copies of the slideshow will be available electronically for anyone not in attendance at the convention.

If you wish to participate in this very special journal, please click here to fill out our online reservation and payment form. Should you wish to send a traditional ad, please send your artwork electronically to our designer at adjournal@accantors.org.

Please note: Artwork and contributions should be received by the ACC no later than May 1, 2022.

If you should have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 847-781-7800.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Cantor Vladimir Lapin
Chair, ACC Fundraising Committee

Airline Discounts and Perks

The American Conference of Cantors partners with various US Air Carriers to provide discounts and collect perks for use by the organization. Click here for more information

The Fine Print

Vaccine Requirement

All attendees and guest over the age of 5 must be fully vaccinated per the City of Chicago indoor venue guidelines and the CDC definition. Please upload your proof of vaccine (CDC vaccine card, state QR code, Clear QR code). Proof of vaccination documents for guests may be emailed to convention@accantors.org.

Cancellation Clause Acknowledgement

Convention fees are fully refundable until May 15, 2022. Should the pandemic or City of Chicago meeting restrictions make coming together impossible, all registration fees will be refunded. See below for hotel cancellation information.

Cancellations for any other reason: After May 16, 2022, and before June 1, 2022, registration fees are refundable less a $65 processing fee. Registrations canceled after June 2, 2022 are not refundable. ALL DATES ARE DATES OF RECEIPT BY THE ACC OFFICE. Email convention@accantors.org for cancellation assistance.

Hotel cancellations received by Marriott.com or the Westin Michigan Avenue 72 hours or less prior to scheduled arrival are subject to one night’s stay penalty. All hotel arrangements are made directly with the hotel. Upon registration, you will receive the instructions to make your own hotel reservations.

Post convention refund requests must be made by July 31, 2022.

Our Scholar in Residence

Wendy Goldberg is a founding board member and the Executive Director of Tri-Faith Initiative.

For more than 15 years she has worked with clergy, lay leaders, social sector and nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and local educators to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Wendy leads from her value of courageous living. She is deeply passionate about how we can understand ourselves and our neighbors better, adapting to meet the needs of our community.

A believer in Tri-Faith’s audacious experiment — even when many said it could not be done — Wendy loves the work of meeting congregants, clergy, and local leaders to talk about the shifting religious landscape, religious pluralism, and how to grow an unprecedented interfaith initiative that transforms lives and communities. She leads Tri-Faith’s vision and strategy and is a thought leader and regional advisor on:

  • Bridging differences
  • Shifting religious landscape
  • Religious pluralism
  • Cultivating inclusive environments.

Wendy is chair of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) Advisory Council, a cohort participant in LeadDiversity, and is an alum of the Racial Equity Institute’s Racial Equity Workshop.

A fourth-generation Omahan, she served on Temple Israel’s Board of Trustees for 10 years, including a two-year term as President of the congregation. She also served on the Temple Israel staff for seven years as Program Director, where she played a key role in communications, volunteer engagement, and the capital campaign for Temple Israel’s transition to the Tri-Faith Commons.

Wendy earned a Master of Arts in Communication and a graduate certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has served on the staff of Project Harmony.
Wendy and her husband David are parents to three adult children. She enjoys gardening, biking, and teaching yoga.