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The URJ Techies: A Technology & Social Media Contest

1Voting for the URJ Techies is now closed. Congratulations to all of the winning congregations.

The URJ Techies is a contest for member congregations, which recognizes those that are successfully utilizing and embracing social networks and technology, and will provide inspiration for others to seek innovative ways of enriching their communities by engaging members online.

 

Winners
The URJ Techies winners were selected in three main sections: Congregations, Youth-Focused, and Education-Focused. Winners in the Congregations category were voted for by the public, and winners in the Youth-Focused and Education-Focused categories were chosen by URJ Staff.
Congregations

1 Best Facebook Page: Temple Solel, Cardiff, CA
2 Best Twitter Page: Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas, CA
4 Best Blog: Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas, CA
3 Best Use of Video or Audio: Temple Judea, Tarzana, CA 
5 Best Overall Use of Technology: Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas, CA

Youth-Focused

1 Best Facebook Page:  Temple Beth Miriam, Elberon, NJ
4 Best Blog: Temple Solel, Cardiff, CA
6 Best Use of Video or Audio: Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, MI
5 Best Overall Use of Technology: Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, CA

Education-Focused

5 Early Childhood Program: Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MA
1 Congregational School: Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, CA
5 Day School: Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, TX
4 Adult Education: Temple Solel, Cardiff, CA
5 Special Needs Education: Temple Beth Miriam, Elberon, NJ

Categories
The URJ Techies are divided into three main sections: Congregations, Youth-Focused, and Education-Focused.

Congregations
Youth-Focused
Education-Focused
Judging Criteria
Finalists and winners will be chosen for usage of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, video, audio, and/or technology overall, based on the following criteria:
Facebook
Twitter
Blogging
Digital Media
Overall
Prizes
Congregation Prizes
First Place: Winners in each category will receive 50% off one URJ Biennial 2011 registration.

Youth-Focused Prizes
First Place: Winners in each category will receive a $180 scholarship to be used at the congregation’s discretion for NFTY regional programming or the URJ 2011 Biennial registration. 

Education-Focused Prizes
First Place: Winners in each category will receive 25% off registration for the 1st person and 50% off registration for the 2nd person from their congregation that attends the Education Summit at the URJ 2011 Biennial.
Questions

Please direct any questions to web@urj.org or 212-650-4222

 
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