ACC-GTM First Time Convention Attendee Tips!

Welcome to the ACC-GTM Convention in Dallas! Thank you for coming. We are thrilled that you are here for the first time. The theme of our convention is: Deepen Your Heart in Texas. We hope that through our learning together and connecting with one another, each of us will feel renewed, mind, body and spirit. To help guide you through your first experience, here are some helpful tips:

Guidebook – Convention Mobile App

The Guidebook Mobile App contains the most up-to-date schedule, announcements, materials, music, and more. It will be an essential tool while at convention. Once downloaded, visit the Welcome Section, and check out ACC-GTM First Time Convention Attendee Tips.

For mobile or tablet devices:

Download Guidebook to your Apple or Android device, then search the keyword: ACC-GTM in the app to download the Dallas Convention Guide

On the web: https://guidebook.com/guide/105065/

CLOTHING AT CONVENTION

Dallas is hot! But the hotel and other off-site venues will all be air conditioned. Keep that in mind and remember that you might want a light sweater or jacket when inside during workshops. Wear comfortable shoes. Clothing at convention is casual, with the exception of the opening banquet when “professional dress” is more the norm. The closing banquet this year is at the Circle R Ranch! Bring your boots and hats and be ready to dance!!

In general, if you’re not participating in the concert, attendees generally dress a little more toward “business casual.” While the area of the hotel where meetings and workshops will be held is compact, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Dallas Galleria Mall over lunch hours as well as some terrific restaurants on Monday night for dinner on your own.

MOBILE APP

Be sure to download the mobile app and all of the music and materials before you arrive in Dallas. The daily schedule will be updated in the app and serves as your best resource for information. Hard copies of most materials are not provided.

MEALS

Many meals are included in your registration fee. See the convention schedule for which meals are included. We hope you will use these as an opportunity to get to know your colleagues; sharing a meal is a great way to get to know someone. The hotel is attached to the Dallas Galleria Mall with plenty of options for lunch. See the mobile app for more information.

WORSHIP

We offer daily morning and evening worship services.We use mostly Mishkan for Gatherings from CCAR Press.

PLENARY

The plenary sessions are where the business of the organizations is done. This is where you will have a chance to hear from the leadership of your organization and vote on important initiatives.It is important that you plan to attend!

EXHIBITORS

Please shop our exhibitors! We have brought in a variety of vendors who need our support!

PROGRAM EXCLUSIVES FOR FIRST-TIMERS

We are committed to making the experience of your first convention as valuable as possible. We hope you have the opportunity to join ACC President, Steven Weiss, GTM president, Alan Mason, and some of our leadership team members on Sunday evening for a reception in Steven’s suite. The exact location will be posted on the mobile app.

FINDING MY WAY THROUGH THE CONVENTION

We’re a friendly group! You’ll be welcomed by many, and especially by one person who will be assigned to help you during your first Convention.

Feel free to ask questions – and don’t be surprised if you hear a variety of answers.

Some of our most valuable learning comes during informal discussions – over meals, before and after sessions, and during group outings. Your colleagues not only come from a range of backgrounds, but work for a wide range of synagogues, as well. Most of your colleagues are in the Reform Movement, but we welcome those from Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal synagogues, too. You’ll meet those who are clergy for synagogues of 500 households or less, as well as those whose memberships number in the thousands. Some of your colleagues have had experiences with different-sized synagogues, having made moves during their professional careers. So, ask away!

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

We offer many opportunities for continuing education, spiritual growth and professional development. Our conventions have an educational theme. In addition, the ACC and GTM Yammer networks are an excellent source for collegial support and information. Publications such as the GTM Newsletter, the ACC’s Chadashot, and email communications are “must-reads” in our profession.

We welcome you to the ACC/GTM Convention!