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The Solomon Schechter Awards Program

The Solomon Schechter Award rewards extraordinary characteristics and certain unusual and outstanding aspects or achievements that go beyond the expected norms. Award winners deserve recognition for the originality and quality of their programs, for their presentations and achievements. We congratulate them, as well as the many other synagogues that continually strive for excellence. The selection process is not an easy one, and we applaud the efforts of all who submitted entries to the program.

Please be sure to share the information with your congregation's staff and lay leadership. Award-winners will be glad to share information with you; feel free to call or email them.

About the Program

The program, one of United Synagogue's longest-running,  was named after Dr. Solomon Schechter, and it is a fitting tribute to him. When he founded the United Synagogue in 1913, he hoped that our congregations' standards of our congregations would rise continuously. Since 1949, several hundred congregations have been recognized for excellence in various aspects of synagogue life. Dr. Schechter's stress on meaningful synagogue activity and his emphasis on the synagogue as one of Judaism's core institutions are reflected in general in our mission as a movement, and in particular in the selection and presentation of these awards.

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