A current friend and former collegue of mine, Rabbi Mike Rovinsky, was nominated as “Jewish Community Hero” and can get $25,000.00 to help Jewish teens in St. Louis, MO. I received the following email from him:
OK, I am sure you are tired of getting emails and facebook notices to vote for me to win this contest. I am sorry. However, thanks to your support, we are #13. That’s great, but the rest of the pack is catching up and the big push is now for the next 9 days. It’s over on Oct. 8th at 11:59.
To maintain our standing, WE REALLY need your vote! Please click here (if it does not work please paste the following URL into your browser http://www.jewishcommunityheroes.org/nominees/profile/mike-rovinsky/
Please take one minute twice a day and vote. You can vote multiple times using cell phone, lap top, different computers. It is all kosher and legal. We don’t need to be number one, just in the top 20, but top 10 would be even better. You also do NOT need to register or leave an email address.
TEXT OF PREVIOUS EMAIL
Unbeknownst to me, I was recently nominated as a “Jewish Community Hero” for my work with teens in the broader St. Louis Jewish Community and in various organizations I am involved in i.e. JSU, NCSY, Tichon and Camp Nageela Midwest. There have been hundreds of nominees, so it really wasn’t a big deal until I saw that we really have a shot at winning this thing. The top 20 vote getters appear before a panel of UJC (National Organization for Jewish Federations). They will select 5 winners. The top prize is $25,000 for the non-profits I work with.
Now for the embarrassing part. I really need your votes. I am actually number 13. But the gap is tight between me and number 20. Therefore, I must start to ask people to take 1 minute a day to please vote for me each day from now until Oct. 8th. Your vote is NOT for me but for the kids. So please help me win this thing.
All you need to do is click here and press the “VOTE” button. It is done anonymously. You can vote once every 12 hours, so please continue to vote every day! Voting ends October 8th. Please pass this on to your friends and family!
Thank you so much! L’Shana Tova & Happy New Year
ABOUT THE CONTEST: The Jewish Community Heroes campaign celebrates the selflessness and courage of those who put others before themselves. This is our community’s opportunity to shine a national spotlight on the unsung, whether their work impacts five people or 5,000.
The Hero of the Year will be provided with $25,000 to be used as an investment in their community project or non-profit effort via his or her local Jewish Federation, or another recognized 501(c)3 charitable entity or Canadian equivalent, and he or she will be invited to and recognized at next year’s General Assembly. The remaining four finalists will receive a smaller amount to be used as an investment in their community project or non-profit effort via their local Jewish Federations, or recognized 501(c)3 charitable entities or Canadian equivalent.