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.
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.
the 2015 Belin Outreach and Membership Awards is now open, through May 21st. APPLY NOW, or visit the Application Process or FAQ sections below
for more information.
Potential Award Categories
Interfaith couples and families
exploring conversion to Judaism
membership program (recruitment, integration or retention)
Program Name, Description and Contact Information
Programmatic Follow up, Evaluation and Fee Information
Programmatic Materials- attach photos, handouts, flyers, etc.
You will receive automatic confirmation that your
application has been accepted- We will contact you if we need additional information,
so make sure your contact person's number is included in the application.
The Belin Award Selection Committee will meet to select the winners and award honorable mentions
Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision in
early June 2015
Belin Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will be
honored at the 2015 URJ Biennial in Orlando, FL
1. How many applications do you receive each year and how
many receive awards?
The amount varies from year to year, but each year we
receive a myriad of exceptional programs and present up to 8 congregations with
a $1,000 award. Every year, there are also additional programs that deserve
recognition, and the committee often chooses to grant them honorable mention.
2. Why should my congregation apply for a Belin Outreach and
Strengthening Congregations and Audacious Hospitality are
key priorities of the URJ 2020 Vision and the Belin Outreach and Membership
Award is a clear manifestation of those values. The URJ hopes to recognize and
honor congregations who are doing exceptional work in these areas, to support
your ongoing success and to raise up your program as a model to other
communities. Winning programs will serve as a resource for other URJ
congregations and will advance this important work throughout our movement. In
Belin Outreach and Membership Award winners receive
$1,000 in recognition of their innovative and exceptional program.
Awards winners, including those receiving an honorable
mention, will be recognized at the upcoming URJ Biennial.
Additionally, all award winning programs will be shared
in The Tent, so other congregations can learn from your experience.
3. Who is the Belin Award Selection Committee comprised of?
The Belin Award Selection Committee is comprised of lay
leaders, clergy, members of the URJ Board of trustees, and URJ staff from
across North America, who have extensive experience in the area of membership,
outreach, and engagement.
4. Who from my congregation should apply for the Belin Award
on our behalf?
Typically, we receive applications from the program
director, if applicable, or a lay leader or staff member, who has a deep
understanding of the program, often the Outreach or Membership chair. Because
we promote the award winning programs through various URJ communications
vehicles, it is important that the contact person listed is able to field
questions from the other communities who may be interested in learning from