June 28-July 2, 2020

Don’t miss the 2020 San Diego Convention with a focus on Community, Creativity, and Kavannah.  Registration is now open with early bird pricing through February. Start counting down the days with us!



Community, Creativity and Kavanah!

San Diego is an oasis on the west coast! We will explore the beauty of the area as well as our roles as leaders in music and meaning making when we gather June 28-July 2, 2020 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego.

During the convention, we will gather as colleagues and friends to study with scholars and peers and have the opportunity to learn and grow as Jewish clergy and musical professionals. We will hear new compositions from Transcontinental Music Publications. The new ACC Officer Team will be installed as we thank and celebrate the outgoing team. We will have our business sessions that represent the business of the Conference and the Guild.



Registration is now 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

Early bird rates are available through March 13, 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.


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.


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.