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WRN Convention 2023: Sacred Empowerment

Monday-Thursday, June 5-8, 2023

Wylie Center, Beverly, MA

includes both in-person and online program options

Unlimited Online Spots Available with Lots of Amazing Programs!

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Featuring Scholar-in-Residence 

Prof. Andrea Schneider, JD

Professor of Law and Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Cardozo Law School


  • Prof. Andrea Schneider is a leading expert in conflict resolution, negotiation and gender. Her first TEDx talk is titled, "Women Don't Negotiate and Other Similar Nonsense." She has written, "What's Sex Got to Do With it: Questioning Research on Gender & Negotiation." Drawing on her decades of research and experience, her theme for our convention is, Making Difficult Conversations Not So Difficult.

  • Cantor Shira Nafshi, Cantor-in-Residence
  • Joan Roth, Photographer-in-Residence
  • Anita Diamant, Menstrual Justice Program
  • Yoga, Arts, Text Study, Mussar Chugim & More (in person and online)
  • Small-Group Kesher Gatherings (in person and online)
  • WRN Fun & Games
  • Online Mifgash with International Rabbis
  • Rabbi Judith Abrams z’l Memorial Lecture with Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD
  • Tefillah (in person and online)
  • Beit Café and Storytime with Sally
  • Late Night Schmoozing
  • History of the Salem Witch Trials (in person and online)
  • Tour of Salem and Dinner Out


    IN PERSON (rates includes all meals, except one dinner)

    • $475 Early Bird Rate, through March 10 EXTENDED TO MONDAY, MARCH 13! (does not include hotel accommodations).
    • $525 Regular Rate, through May 31 (does not include hotel accommodations).
    • $200, day-pass, for one day.


    • $108 Early Bird Online Rate, through March 10 EXTENDED TO MONDAY, MARCH 13!
    • $125 Regular Rate, through May 31.

    Please contact Mary Zamore for any special convention needs or concerns.

    Generous scholarships are available, while funds last. These scholarships are self-accessed during the registration process.

    SCHEDULE: IN-PERSON (Eastern Time) as of June 1, 2023

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    SCHEDULE: ONLINE (as of 5/31/2023)

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    Cancellation Policy for WRN Convention:

    In the event that one needs to cancel, there will be a non-refundable fee of $150 for cancellations before 5/4/2023.  After 5/4/2023 we will not be able to refund due to the contractual obligations to Wylie.

      Participation Policy and Safe/Respectful Brit for WRN Convention:

      All participants in the WRN convention and its accompanying online zoom program are expected to adhere to and uphold WRN's anti-harassment policy, in order to create a safe, respectful, and welcoming space for all.

      Participation in the 2023 WRN convention and its accompanying online zoom program indicates permission to be photographed and/or video recorded. WRN retains the right to use and/or publish these photographs and recordings.

      Covid-19 Protocols for the Convention

      The WRN is committed to providing as safe an environment as possible for all attending our in-person events. Please review the WRN's covid protocols for the 2023 convention. The use of mask while traveling by public transportation is also strongly encouraged. 


      IN PERSON 

      The Wylie Center, 295 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

      The Wylie Center is located 20 miles north of Boston and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean at Endicott College. Convention participants will enjoy private guestrooms with private bathrooms at the Inn adjacent to all dining and program space.

      The Wylie Inn for WRN members traveling alone or sharing a room (which requires sharing a bed) for all three nights (June 5, 6 & 7) $570. For easy travel, rooms are also available at Wylie on June 4 and June 8 for an additional fee of $190 per night.

      Or select one of two local hotels (Hampton Inn, Salem, MA, or Sonesta Select, Danvers, MA) for WRN members who are not staying for all three nights or require more than one room. Contact WRN Conference and Hotel Consultant, Diane Cheveldayoff for information about these hotels BEFORE making these reservations. A special WRN rate is available through Diane.

      Please contact Diane Cheveldayoff with any questions about housing accommodations.

      Hotel reservation fees are not included in the convention registration fee. Hotel prices include taxes.

      Traveling to the Wylie Center in Beverly, MA:

      In addition, the hotel adds this advice: 

      A taxi or an Uber would definitely be the quickest and easiest way. Even after taking public transportation to Beverly, you need to get a taxi to the property from the train station. Public transportation includes a lot of train changes, stairs, and escalators. Links for the mbta map are below.

      Something else to keep in mind- tickets

      - The shuttle from the airport to the blue line MBTA station is free

      - You need to purchase a ticket to use the subway (blue line, green line)

      - You need to purchase a different ticket to use the commuter rail (purple line)

      Public Transportation Route:

      Start At Logan Airport

      - Take shuttle to Airport MBTA Station

      - Take Outbound Blue Line to Government Center Stop

      - Switch to Green Line going toward Medford/ Tufts (North Station)

      - At North Station switch to the Commuter Rail (Purple)

      - Take the Newburyport/Rockport Line to Beverly

      - Stop Options would be Montserrat or Beverly Depot

      - Montserrat is only a flag stop, so the rider needs to let the conductor know or they won’t stop there

      - Take taxi to The Wylie Center

      If you are going to be traveling to Beverly, we have created a Google doc for anyone interested in connecting with other rabbis. (You will be directed to sign into the website in order to access the document.)


      • Dress is casual throughout the convention(Although we will have a photographer in residence who may be able to take a more professional picture for you, if you want to bring a nice top)
      • Workout clothes. We will have access to the hotel's small gym and Endicott's complete gym. Plus, there is access (rugged path) to the ocean for walks on the beach (no lifeguard, so swimming is not advised)
      • Tallit, kippah, tefillin (as is your tradition)
      • No need to pack Mishkan Tefillah, we will be using Visual Tefillah
      • Games, crafts, coloring supplies, yarn crafts, musical instruments (especially for the beit cafe!)
      • Any Covid related supplies you may need like, tests, masks
      • Menstruation products (tampons, pads) in unopened packages to donation to a local charity
      • Charging cords
      • Cash for open, cash bar at dinners & to buy Anita Diamant's Book, Period. End of Sentence.
      • Sunscreen and a hat
      • Rain jacket and umbrella
      • Reusable water bottle
      • Lawn chair, if you are driving to convention. To enjoy outdoors space"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." Shirley Chisholm.
      • If you are traveling by public transportation and need us to buy something for you to have at the conference, let Mary know. For example, distilled water.
      • Before you arrive: Consider watching this 26-minute documentary Period. End of Sentence. - The Pad Project. Available free on YouTube
      • Bring your copy of Anita Diamant's Period. End of Sentence to be signed. Limited copies for sale.
      • Before you arrive: Take a COVID test and record. You will receive an email about this on June 1.

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