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Criteria & Application Process
The Fain Awards seek to recognize outstanding and innovative social action work carried out by URJ congregations.

The Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism recognizes outstanding and innovative social action work carried out by congregations.

We are looking for programs that put Jewish values to work in the world by:

  • promoting social and economic justice;
  • fostering peace and constructive human relations, globally and locally;
  • relieving the suffering of the persecuted and downtrodden;
  • mobilizing to serve people in times of emergency;
  • defending civil rights and civil liberties.

We are particularly interested in programs that include a hands-on service component, educational programming and an advocacy/community-organizing effort as well as:

  • demonstrate creativity;
  • involve a sizable portion of the congregation;
  • teach the congregation about social problems and Jewish values;
  • promote effective advocacy work;
  • build alliances with other community groups;
  • educate the community regarding social issues in which the congregation is involved;
  • are replicable.


Application Process
We are currently accepting online applications for the 2013 Irving J. Fain Social Action Awards. To apply, please visit Our Application Checklist is available to help congregations prepare all necessary materials before completing the online form.

Winning programs will be determined by a special committee of the Commission on Social Action. All eligible Union for Reform Judaism congregations in good standing are invited to apply. Congregations that received a Fain Award in the last two cycles (2009, 2011) not eligible for this cycle.

Congregations receiving a Fain Award will be notified in advance of the 2013 Consultation on Conscience. Awards will be presented at the Consultation, including a photo opportunity featuring your congregation's delegation receiving the Fain Award certificate.

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