My friend Ed Case of InterfaithFamily.com is having a good week, and I am not just saying that because he lavished much praise upon me last week on his blog.
He managed to place 18th in the Jewish Federations of North America’s Jewish Community Heroes Campaign, making him one of 20 semifinalists in the contest. Plus IFF, along with the Jewish Outreach Institute and several other groups that promote a more welcoming, inclusive and accessible Jewish community (including Jewish Milestones, Be’chol Lashon and Keshet), made the annual Slingshot list of 50 innovative Jewish organizations/startups.
So, if the panel of Jewish Heroes judges anoints Ed as Jewish Community Hero of the Year he will become King of The Jews. Oops, I mean he’ll receive a grant of indeterminate size from the Jewish federations umbrella (which, as the ultimate Jewish establishment organization is not on the Slingshot list) to use for InterfaithFamily.com. Even if Ed doesn’t make it all the way to Hero of the Year, he still has a chance of becoming one of five honorees, making IFF eligible for a grant of smaller indeterminate size.
In any event, by placing in the Top 20, as Ed has graciously reminded me (and then reminded me again, and then again) in just a few get-out-the-vote messages, he is helping to raise the profile of interfaith family outreach in the Jewish federation world.
The panel of judges includes Facebook marketing executive Randi Zuckerberg. Perhaps, since her own brother (better known as the founder of Facebook) is (gasp!) on the cusp of intermarriage, Randi will help push Ed to the top.
Kol hakavod (congratulations) to the other 19 nominees as well! Many of them sound amazing but, hey, this blog is supposed to highlight intermarriage-related issues — plus I haven’t noticed any of them blogging about me (just kidding, I’m not that corrupt).
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