33rd Annual Conference

Monday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

Conference Chair: Rabbi Dr. Scott AaronJewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago/Spertus

Program Chair: Sara Smith, American Jewish University

The Emerging Scholars Mentoring Seminar will not take place this year.

You can view last year’s schedule here.


The following were the rates for the 2018 NRJE/ASSJ Conference:

  • Full Conference Registration: $225
  • Graduate Student Full Conference Registration: $125
  • Retiree Registration: $175
  • One-Day Registration: $125
  • Local PreK-12 Teacher and Educator Full Conference Registration: $150
  • JEA and ARJE Full Conference Registration: $150
Our meetings will take place at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Ben Gurion Way | 30 S. Wells Street | Chicago, IL 60606 | 312-346-6700.

Click here to register (to be open in January).

After June 10, you will required to register at the door and pay by check or PayPal only. Registration at the door will be $250 for full conference registration and $150 for a one-day registration.

All conference participants must be members of the NRJE or the ASSJ. Membership for the NRJE is from January-December of each year. For information about NRJE membership, please click here.

The conference begins with on-site check in at 8 am on Monday, June 17. The first session will begin at 10 am. The conference concludes at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, June 18. Please take this into account when booking travel.

Visit here for Conference Accommodations (to be posted soon).

Special Rates

We are pleased to offer special rates to local PreK-12 teachers and educators, JEA members, and ARJE members. The NRJE/ASSJ Conference can serve as a wonderful professional learning opportunity for local teachers and administrators. This rate is $150.

Travel Stipend

As in the past, the NRJE is pleased to provide a limited number of travel awards to subsidize airfare and ground transportation for conference attendees who do not have an institutional source of funding for conference-related travel. Preference will be given to graduate students and conference presenters. Applications will be online in January. They are due May 12, 2019.

All graduate students and junior scholars are invited to apply for travel stipends.  This includes those who have applied to the Emerging Scholars Mentoring Seminar, even though acceptance into the Mentoring Seminar includes a stipend for travel (up to $500). Acceptance into the Mentoring Seminar will preclude the award of an additional travel stipend.

Graduate students and junior scholars who are accepted to participate in the Emerging Scholars Mentoring Seminar prior to the conference may also apply for a travel stipend. Selection to participate in the Seminar will automatically void your application for a conference travel stipend as these costs will be covered (up to $500) by the Seminar.

Conference Contact Information

Please email Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman at nrjecoordinator@gmail.com concerning all questions related to the conference.

For information on past conferences, please click here.

The 2020 conference will take place at Hebrew College, Newton, MA.