Belin Awards

This Congregation Started a Summer Camp for Refugee Kids – Led by a Teen

Chaim Ezra Harrison
November 4, 2019

Congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento, CA, created Camp Nefesh, a full-service day camp for newly arrived refugees. To learn more about this 2019 Belin Award-winning initiative, we spoke with Lucy Beckett, the teenager who dreamt up the concept, as well as Denise Crevin, the congregation’s director of education, and Sharon Rogoff of Women of B’nai Israel.

How One Synagogue Honored Loved Ones Lost – and Found Community Anew

Chaim Ezra Harrison
November 4, 2019

Throughout the course of 12 years, Temple Shalom in Succasunna, N.J., experienced a number of hardships, ranging from financial difficulties to a decline in membership. As it turned out, though, the thing that would inspire this community to thrive once again was, well, the very community itself.