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Of Surveys And Kosher Beignets

Of Surveys And Kosher Beignets

I have to admit that at least half the time that I start those online “Survey Monkey” questionnaires, I get bored or distracted in the middle and never end up finishing them.

However, thanks to my undying loyalty to The Cause and my desire to win a $100 gift certificate to, I just finished the Jewish Outreach Institute’s survey to assess the “needs and preferences of American Jews” (or at least the needs and preferences of those American Jews who like shopping at

As if the Jewish Outreach Institute actually needs to know what I think, since I spew my opinions out several times a week on this blog.

In any event, despite my concern about the gift-certificate raffle getting too large and reducing my chances of winning, I encourage all of you to participate in the survey, which really does only take five to ten minutes. The deadline is Oct. 31, better known as Halloween, so get moving!

And, while I am sharing Jewish organizational news: Andy Neusner of the Jewish Federations of North America has informed me that the Jewish Community Hero I mentioned in my last post will receive $25,000 to donate to a nonprofit of his/her choice and the four other finalists will receive $1,000 to donate. All five get an all-expense-paid trip to New Orleans (this does not include a per diem for booze or other vices for which the Big Easy is famous) to attend and be honored at the JFNA’s General Assembly from Nov. 5-9.

I forgot to ask Andy if they have to attend the sessions or if they’re allowed to duck out for some Cajun, er, kosher food. (Incidentally, I just learned, while interviewing Rabbi Uri Topolosky on a completely different topic, that the city’s famous beignet-and-coffee purveyor Café du Monde is now certified kosher!)

In fairness, while some of the sessions seem pretty wonkish (“Changing FRD Culture: A New Model for Major Gift Development” and “Securing the Future: Forging the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish People”), several things on the schedule, like a panel discussion entitled “Can We Encourage In-Marriage While Welcoming Interfaith Families,” featuring hero semifinalist Ed Case, sound kind of interesting.

Come join the hundreds of exceedingly hip (and not at all wonkish) people who “like” this blog on Facebook!

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