The Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood recently hit the jackpot at the Women of Reform Judaism 45th Assembly in Houston - with a pair of silver candlesticks as the grand prize, said Ruth Clearfield, the sisterhood's delegate to the assembly.
The 44-member sisterhood was honored with four awards during the assembly, including the Silver Candlesticks Award, beating out other sisterhoods with up to 99 members for the highest award offered.
The award is given to sisterhoods that have made the largest per-member contribution by selling Youth, Education and Special Projects (YES) fund items or in cash donations during the two previous fiscal years, Clearfield said.
The two silver candlesticks probably will be displayed in the temple, Clearfield said.
The group's other awards included an honorable mention Silver Bowl Award for sisterhoods with the largest contribution to the YES fund; an honorable mention Circle of Service Ma'agal Award for sisterhoods with the highest percentages of Circle of Service Members; and a Membership Recognition award for sisterhoods whose membership increased by 10 percent or more during the two fiscal years prior to the assembly.
"It's such a recognition for us. I'm very proud, I really am," Clearfield said. "I think this is quite an achievement. For a group our size to get four awards, it's great."
Clearfield, who is a national board member of the Women of Reform Judaism, accepted the awards at the Houston assembly of more than 600 sisterhoods.
"Since I've been on the board, I've had pretty good insight as to how things are run and how the funds are used," she said. "My enthusiasm has come back to my group, and we've realized that [YES] is a really worthwhile project."
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