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Belin Outreach & Membership Awards

Belin Awards Belin Outreach and Membership Awards have been designed to encourage and honor Reform synagogues with innovative outreach or membership programs. Funded through the generosity of David Belin, z''l, the first chairman of the URJ-CCAR Joint Commission on Outreach and Membership, $1,000 will be awarded for up to  8 congregation at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in Orlando, FL, November, 2015. Other outstanding programs may be considered for an honorable mention.

The Belin Outreach and Membership Awards are presented to congregations that have developed programs to actively welcome and integrate those new to Judaism, created relationship based membership engagement models, or developed new, innovative ways to engage and retain members of our congregations, all of which are the essence of Audacious Hospitality.

Potential Award Categories

  • Interfaith couples and families
  • Individuals exploring conversion to Judaism
  • Post conversion support
  • Congregational membership program (recruitment, integration or retention)
  • Engaging families with young children
  • Engaging empty nesters/baby boomers
  • Engaging young adults, 20s or30s
  • Engaging LGBTQ


Outreach and Membership Idea Book Volume IVThe winning programs of 2011 are featured in the Outreach and Membership Idea Book Volume IV.

Previous winning programs are available in these other URJ Press publications:


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