[Vote link below.] The second-annual Jewish Community Heroes campaign organized by The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) celebrates the selflessness and courage of those who put others before themselves. This is the community’s opportunity to shine a national spotlight on the unsung, whether their work impacts five people or 5,000.
Building on the success of last year’s campaign, in which participants cast over 500,000 votes, this year will single out a 2010 Jewish Community Hero and several other honorees for going above and beyond: the honorees will be selected by an online nomination and voting process that will establish the 20 semifinalists, and then the judge panel will select the honorees from that semifinalist list.
Over the next 3 months, ending October 8, 2010, anyone across North America can go online, submit nominations and vote for the real candidates they believe best embody the spirit of the award. The Jewish Community Hero of the Year and other honorees will be recognized this November at a General Assembly in New Orleans.
Rabbi Pinchos Lipshutz, publisher of Yated Ne’eman, is one of the nominees. The site explains: “Rabbi Lipschutz has devoted countless hours to the cause of Sholom Rubashkin. Many have said that this is no longer a “Sholom Rubashkin” issue but rather a Jewish issue. Rabbi Lipshutz has rallied and educated hundreds of thousands of Jews in regards to Sholom’s cause… Rabbi Lipshutz has inspired me to care for another Jew, even one you’ve never met. He’s reminded so many that all Jews are one family.”