Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Application Checklist
Prepare the information on this checklist prior to completing your online application.


Before submitting a 2015 Fain Social Action Award application online, we recommend that you prepare the information on this checklist and have it easily available to “cut-and-paste” into your application. Once this information has been compiled, visit to apply. Please note that once you begin the online application, you will not be able to stop, save your submission, and return to complete it at a later time. Please direct any questions to Isaac Nuell at or (202) 387-2800.

Download a printable checklist here


  • Congregation Information: name, mailing address, website URL, URJ District. If you do not know your congregation’s size or District, visit the URJ's directory search and view your congregation’s “Profile”
  • Primary contact for application: name, title or position (Rabbi, Social Action Chair, Lay Leader, etc.), email address, phone number
  • Clergy Contact: name, email
  • Has your congregation ever won a Fain Award? Please note: If your congregation won a Fain Award in 2011 or 2013, you are not eligible to apply for a 2015 Fain Award. If your congregation received an Honorable Mention in 2011 or 2013, you are eligible to apply. All others are eligible.



  • Program Title
  • Description of need, problem, or topic addressed by program
    e.g. hunger, homelessness
  • Program goals
    150 words or less
  • Timeline of major milestones in program
  • Audiences within congregation
    e.g. seniors, young families, religious school
  • Description of congregational engagement
    e.g. "Our youth group coordinated the congregation's effor to collect furniture, clothing, and toys for a family transitioning from a local shelter to their own home. They made signs which were placed around our building, spoke at services every Friday night, and planned a welcome-home party for the family, which was attended by more than 100 congregants."
  • Name of program coordinator
  • Budget estimate
  • Explanation of how your program tackled the need, problem, or topic described above
  • Outcome of your program
    e.g. What impact did you have on the food pantry's capacity? Were 100 people given housing for a week?
  • Definition of success
    Was there a buzz about the program in the community? Did participants stay involved after the program ended? Was the program extended due to demand?
  • How has this program strengthened your congregation?
  • If applicable, describe peripheral audiences within the congergation how they were engaged, as well as any partnerships with outside organizations.



  • Attachments: We strongly encourage congregations to include attachments. These additional components enhance your application and help us to better understand and assess your program. Please attach any/all of the following:
    - Photos (Each application MUST include at least one digital photo)
    - Program Material samples (hand-outs, flyers, text studies, etc.)
    - Press coverage (links or copies of articles from local newspapers, synagogue newsletters, etc.)
  • Additional Information: Any additional information you’d like to share to help us better understand your program.

Contact Isaac Nuell, Manager of Congregational Social Action at or (202) 387-2800.

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