ACC-GTM Convention

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ACC-GTM Convention

June 28 to July 2, 2020 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, California

COVID-19 Update

As of now, and based on guidance and best practices from the CDC and WHO, we are moving forward with our planning for the June 2020 San Diego Convention and are optimistic the conference will proceed as planned. We have decided that as of now we are extending the early bird deadline to March 31. If public health guidelines and recommendations about conferences this summer should change, we will respond accordingly.

In the meantime, we hope you are still planning to join us in San Diego.

Right now, the ACC-GTM Convention refund policy remains unchanged and can be found here on the ACC website under “the really, really fine print” section of the convention page:

We will keep you updated as our planning continues.

Registration is open! Rates change after the Early Bird Deadline on March 31!

Community. Creativity. Kavannah.

Click here to download the draft schedule!

Registration is open for the 2020 San Diego Convention!

Your convention co-chairs and our committees are working hard to plan an exciting retreat that will be an educational, spiritual and rejuvenating experience for us all. You'll be able to enjoy the many amenities of our resort, visit with old friends, make new connections, and recharge your batteries, all while deepening your knowledge and absorbing practical ideas that will enhance your synagogue.

Nourish your soul as you discover, explore and find new connection and meaning in the Zohar as we learn from and study with Daniel Matt, a preeminent scholar of Kabbalah. 

Acquire practical knowledge that you can bring back to your synagogue communities, as taught by acclaimed music director, pianist and accompanist Tali Tadmor, a master at the connection and collaboration between cantor and accompanist. 

Discover new music that will elevate your Holiday and Shabbat worship services.

Participate in innovative and meaningful T’filah that will give you a sense of community and provide practical ideas that you can share with your congregation.

Relax and rejuvenate within the lovely surroundings at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Luxury Resort, and enjoy some time in beautiful San Diego. 

Don’t miss the Early Bird Savings! Plan to register for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience this summer. This is a convention you will not want to miss!

Looking forward to learning with you and deepening our connections,

Jen, Billy, Bob and David

Rates and details!

Early bird rates are available through March 31, 2020. Rates will increase after that date. Click here to see the full rate schedule and registration deadlines. For scholarship assistance, download the form and submit it to the ACC before February 28, 2020. 

The Saturday night fundraising event will be an exciting opportunity to learn all about California wines! During this interactive class, the RBI wine expert will be our guide through a tour of California. We will sample some of California's top wines and be instructed on how to pair them with their favorite dishes. We will enjoy four different wines and a variety of hors d'oeuvres. $180 per person. Event limited to the first 40 registrants. Note: Be sure to add it, along with a "Saturday night" hotel room, to your registration!

Thinking about bringing you family to sunny San Diego? We have a variety of opportunities for family programs. Please let us know you are interested in exploring those options and we will send along more information. 

As always, there are a myriad of opportunties for individuals, classes, organizations, and partners to sponsor and underwrite various parts of the convention. Scholars in residence, receptions, meals, and tefilot are just a few of the possibilities. Click here to see the opportunties. Scholarship funds are also needed. A fun way to support convention scholarships is to purchase some "ACC and GTM swag!" Order a t-shirt and at least $10 from each shirt will go to the convention scholarship fund! Many colleagues do not have professional development support and rely upon you to assist them in attending our annual conventions. If you have relationships with corporate contacts, corporate sponsorships are always welcome. 

Join Marra B. Gad, author of "The Color of Love, a Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl"  for a frank discussion about race and acceptance in our community

The Color Love, a Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl. An unforgettable story about what you inherit from your family—identity, disease, melanin, hate, and most powerful of all, love.

The ACC-GTM convention committee is pleased to announce the addition of Marra B. Gad to the June 2020 San Diego Convention program. Marra will be joining ACC and GTM members on Monday afternoon where she will be in conversation with Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro about her memoir, growing up and participating in the Reform Jewish Community. Read more here.

The fine print: 

In an effort to better portray the actual cost of convention registrations, the ACC-GTM has changed the structure of our registration fees. There are now both unsubsidized and subsidized registration fees for all attendees who register by the various deadlines. We hope that those with financial means will register under the "unsubsidized" or full fee for convention, which better reflects the actual costs of meals, scholars, transportation, audio-visual, etc. The subsidized fees are directly underwritten by your colleagues. These donations offset the actual convention costs, and help make convention more affordable. We invite you to register using whichever fee you are able. Please note that all seminary student and child registrations are subsidized.

This year, we are welcoming our Cantors Assembly colleagues to our ACC-GTM convention. CA members are invited to register at the regular unsubsidized rate.

As a reminder, the ACC-GTM Convention Committee and Ayelet Tours have worked hard to secure a fair price for the hotel block during our convention. Although a lower rate may be available on certain discount hotel websites, when you book outside of the Convention process, you risk the Convention's ability to fulfill our financial commitment to the hotel and therefore risk the Convention possibly needing to pay for empty hotel rooms that are not needed or other hotel services and meeting space. Based on our committed occupancy, the hotel gives us the use of meeting space at no extra charge. When we do not fulfill our committed occupancy requirement because people stay at other area hotels or book through discounted online providers, the Convention must pay the difference which in turn will make future Conventions more expensive.

A $350 penalty will be assessed if you are not a local convention area resident commuting to the convention from home or if you do not book or share a room in the convention hotel.

The really fine print:

Cancellation Policy: Convention fees are refundable less a $75 processing fee before or on May 29, 2020 (also minus hotel penalty below). Registrations cancelled on or after May 30, 2020 are subject to a $250 cancellation fee.

ALL DATES ARE DATES OF RECEIPT BY AYELET TOURS, LTD. There is a $50 penalty for hotel rooms cancelled once booked. Any cancellations received 72 hours or less prior to scheduled arrival are subject to one night's stay penalty. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to Ayelet Tours. Cancellations received after 4:00 PM EST (Monday - Friday) will be processed as though received on the next business day. Post convention refund requests must be made by July 31, 2020.


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