2017 Fain Award Winners

From activism to racial justice, stimulating interfaith dialogue, and refugee assistance, these 17 programs from URJ congregations have been honored with the 2017 Fain Award for their engaging, innovative, and impactful social justice work. Read more about these inspiring programs and learn how your congregation can replicate their successes in your own community. Please help us in congratulating these congregations.

All 2017 Winners

"3x3 Social Justice" Temple Israel of Hollywood- Los Angeles, CA

"An Evening of Sadaqah/Tzedakah" Oak Park Temple- Oak Park, IL

"And You Shall Love the Stranger: Mobilizing Our Community for Refugees" The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehuda- Overland Park, KS

"Because We Were Strangers" Congregation B'nai Israel- Sacramento, CA

"Capital Area New Mainers Project" Temple Beth El- Augusta, ME

"Community Organizing: Connecting LA Face to Face, Not Bumper to Bumper" Leo Baeck Temple- Los Angeles, CA

"Create Change Together" Temple Sholom of Chicago- Chicago, IL

"Dismantling Racism Team" Congregation Beth Elohim- Brooklyn, NY

"Greater Cleveland Congregations" Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple- Beachwood, OH

"Hineni: Welcoming New Americans" Congregation Shaare Emeth- Saint Louis, MO

"Justice Jams" Temple Beth Sholom- Miami Beach, FL

"Open Hearts/Open Doors: Beth El Temple Center Refugee Response Effort" Beth El Temple Center- Belmont, MA

"Paying It Forward in Durham, NC: And You Shall Love the Stranger" Judea Reform Congregation- Durham, NC

"Refugee Task Force" Temple Beth Shalom- Austin, TX

"Sea Level Rise Higher Ground Initiative" Temple Solel- Hollywood, FL

"School Food Pantries" Temple Emanuel- Winston-Salem, NC

"Syrian Refugee Sponsorship" Temple Emanu-El-Beth-Sholom, Westmount, Quebec