January 7, 2010, New York -- The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), through its Synagogue-Federation Relations Committee, has opened nominations for the 2011 Shutafim-Partners Awards, recognizing exemplary collaboration between synagogues and Jewish Federations.
The program takes into consideration both the ways Federations assist and support synagogues, and the ways synagogues support and collaborate with other synagogues and with Federations. Communities are selected through an open nominations process; any synagogue or Federation lay leader or professional may submit a nomination, using the approved on-line form.
The judges are members of the URJ Synagogue-Federation Relations Committee whose communities are not in contention for recognition. Nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2011. "The Shutafim-Partners Award Program is the Reform Movement's way of recognizing the important collaboration between the synagogue community and Federations," said Laurence Kaufman, chair of the URJ Synagogue-Federation Relations Committee. "We look forward to reviewing the nominations and celebrating this important partnership."
This will be the second time the Shutafim awards have been presented.
Recognized last time were Rochester NY (small), San Diego CA (mid-sized) and Washington DC (large).