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01/31/2014

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At the recent Biennial Conference of the Union of Reform Judaism, held in San Diego, CA, Temple Sinai was presented with the Belin Outreach and Membership Award for its Gift Member program. There are 900 Reform Jewish congrega- tions that are members of this organization, which is the largest Jewish movement in North America, a news release points out. There were eight winners and nine honor- able mentions from the myriad entries, which "demonstrated a high level of creativity, origi- nality and excellence," the release adds. Each winner receives $1,000, funded through the generosity of David Belin, the first chair- man of the URJ-CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) Joint Commission on Outreach and Membership. This award recognizes congregations that have created "relationship-based member- ship models and innovative ways to engage and retain members," the release explains. Chazzan Cliff Abramson of Temple Sinai (center) accepts the Belin Outreach and Membership Award from Rabbi Rick Jacobs (left), president of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), and Stephen Sacks (right), chairman of the URJ Board of Trustees. Contributed photo TEMPLE SINAI RECEIVES AWARD AT URJ BIENNIAL RELIGION BRIEFS

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