2023 San Diego Convention

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2023 San Diego Convention

June 26 to 28, 2023

Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, California

Join us June 26-28, 2023 for the long-awaited San Diego convention. Relax, heal, learn, engage, and be inspired with colleagues and friends, old and new. Throughout the convention, we will explore the idea of transitions. These past years have been a time of so much change for each one of us. How has this changed us? How has it affected our congregations and communities? What sort of healing or guidance do we need? How can we explore these new horizons, share our challenges and grow together? We need one another now more than ever! We are looking forward to being together in Rancho Bernardo!

ACC and GTM communities will find renewal in praying together and rejuvenation in learning from our Scholar-In-Residence, Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, Co-Director of Programs of The Institue for Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Slater cultivates mindful leadership among rabbis, cantors and Jewish leaders through retreat based and other study programs, grounded in Jewish texts and traditions, to transform Jewish life.

Click here to register today!

Early Bird Rates are valid through March 1, 2023. Late Fees begin on May 21, 2023. Download the scholarship application here. Download the latest draft schedule here.

Hotel, Schedule and Registration Details, including Pre-Paid Registration and Sponsorship information


Rancho Bernardo Inn is a retreat-like setting in beautiful San Diego County.
Hotel Rooms are $260 per night inclusive of tax for up to double occupancy (with no resort fee!). Free self-parking. Discounted golf and spa services are available.
Guest Rooms: Note that the hotel rooms are on the first or second floor of "walk up" buildings. If you require a first-floor room, please note it on your registration. There is a charge of $40.00 per night for more than two people in a room. Children 17 years and under may share their parent's room at no additional charge.

All hotel reservations must be made through the Ayelet Tours system as part of your conference registration. For airline discounts, visit the ACC website.


If you have funds on deposit with Ayelet Tours from the 2020 cancelled convention, you must use those funds for this ACC-GTM Convention or a future tour with Ayelet such as the ACC Mission to Poland and Prague. If you have funds on deposit with the ACC, you may use those funds for this convention or any future convention. If you wish to use those funds, on the registration payment page, select "I will be sending a check..." and you will be contacted by the ACC office to finalize arrangements. If you need to check your funds on deposit balance, please contact the ACC office.


The ACC-GTM Convention relies upon the generosity of our partners, local business, our friends, supporters, and members to financially support our events. We invite you to show your support to our organization by sponsoring an portion of our convention. All underwriting helps to make our conventions more affordable for our members. Click for more information. Thank you in advance for your generous support.


You will have the opportunity to volunteer to participate in various components of the convention through the online form. As programs need to be finalized in the coming months, priority is often given to those who register during the early bird time period.


ACC and GTM members donations have created scholarship funds for all members in good standing and retirees. A small committee will evaluate the applications and make a determination before the end of the early bird registration period. Please apply as early as possible. To apply for scholarship assistance, download the application here.


This year’s convention will begin midday Monday, June 26 and continue through the closing banquet on Wednesday, June 28. The schedule has been designed so both “local” participants driving from surrounding areas and attendees flying to the West Coast should be able to arrive on Monday morning in time for the of programming. Limited hotel rooms are available for Sunday arrivals. Click here to download the draft schedule.

Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Jonathan Slater and his keynote address, "These are the journeys of our lives"

Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater is Co-Director of Programs of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality, cultivating mindful leadership among rabbis, cantors and Jewish leaders through retreat based and other study programs, grounded in Jewish texts and traditions, to transform Jewish life. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and has served congregations in New York and California. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion where he studied the nature of rabbinic authority among Conservative rabbis.

He is one of the founding teachers at Makom: Center for Mindfulness at the JCC in Manhattan, leading meditation and other programs there, and teaches Jewish mindfulness meditation in other venues. In addition, he was a Synagogue 2000 Fellow, writing curricular materials and serving as a consultant.

Rabbi Slater has served congregations in Northern California, in particular as rabbi of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa for nineteen years. During that time he was involved in many community projects including those specifically related to the Jewish community (Jewish Community Federation allocations committees; opening the local office of Jewish Family and Children’s Service) and the community at large (on the Board of Social Advocates for Youth, providing short-term counseling for teens and families; the United Way; President of the Interfaith Ministerial Association; Head of the Santa Rosa Hate Free Community Project).

He is the author of A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching Our Lives through the Wisdom of R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev’s Kedushat Levi, published by Jewish Lights (summer 2014).  His book, Mindful Jewish Living: Compassionate Practice was published by Aviv Press in 2004 (available through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality). Rabbi Slater has also contributed essays and articles in various books and journals.

Learn about Rabbi Slater's keynote address, "These are the journeys of our lives" by downloading this PDF.

Chai Tide with Cantor Billy Tiep: Surfing in San Diego on Monday Morning

8 a.m. departure. $180 per person

Have you ever wanted to stand up on a wave? Have you ever wanted to become one with the ocean? Surfing is a way to strengthen our connection to the natural environment and the divine. We will look, feel and experience the ocean together from the beach and in the water. Learn from experienced surfers the technique of standing up on a wave and receive the power of what the ocean has to offer us.

We will be renting surf boards and wetsuits from the surf school and finish our morning with an iconic San Diego lunch. Space is limited! Transportation will be leaving from Rancho Bernardo Inn at approximately 8 a.m. We will return around noon in time to change for our 1 p.m. Convention kick off!

Exhibitor Information 

The ACC and GTM are excited to welcome exhibitors back to our convention this year. We will have an Exhibitor Hall in the Avalon Ballroom building. Exhibitors will be open Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday through the closing banquet. For Exhibitor Registration information, click here. ACC and GTM members are welcome to "add on" an exhibitor space to your convention registration for $100.