20 Reform Synagogues to Receive Irving J. Fain Award for Outstanding Social Action Programming
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kate Bigam, 202.387.2800 (List of winners below)
NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2009 Reform Jewish congregations across the country from Miami, Florida to Walla Walla, Washington represent the 20 recipients of this years Irving J. Fain Award Winners for Outstanding Synagogue Social Action Programming, presented by the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. The award is among the premier honors available to congregations within the Reform Movement. Six additional congregations will receive Honorable Mentions.
Speaking on the importance of the Fain Awards, Rabbi Marla Feldman, Director of the Commission on Social Action, said, The congregations that win Fain Awards exemplify the passion for social justice that is at the very foundation of Reform Judaism. These outstanding congregations bring hope and healing to their communities through their efforts to fulfill the Jewish mandate l'taken et haolam to repair our broken world.
The Fain Awards were established in 1983 in honor and memory of Irving J. Fain, who served for a decade as chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism and who was an ardent proponent of social action and the commitment to the work of tikkun olam, healing the world. This award is presented every two years to congregations that have displayed exemplary work in the pursuit of justice, have successfully involved large numbers of congregants in their programs and have developed genuinely innovative and/or particularly effective projects.
The Fain Awards will be presented during the Consultation on Conscience, April 19-21, 2009, the biennial public policy conference of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Each synagogues award-winning program will be depicted in a booklet that will be disseminated widely to provide examples of best practices. They also will be available on the Religious Action Centers online program bank at www.rac.org.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.