On December 1, 2010, the Jerusalem and Los Angeles campuses each held a latke eating contest to benefit the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism in conjunction with fundraising efforts for the Ride for Reform.
Contestants on the Los Angeles campus included Aron Klein, Josh Knobel, Samantha Orshan, Jonathan Rothstein-Fisch, Jeremy Simons, Lauren Trexler, Bess Wohlner, and Professor David Mendelsson. The Jerusalem contestants consisted of Brian Avner, Ari Ballaban, Sarah Fishman, Yael Rooks-Rapport, Marina Tecktiel, Greg Weitzman and faculty representative Jeremy Leigh.
Competitors collected pledges on a per latke before the competition. Second-year rabbinic student Bess Wohlner was the fundraising champion with an incredible $73 per latke in pledges. As for the contest itself, Jeremy Simons took the gold in Los Angeles, and Marina Tecktiel won in Jerusalem. Since the latkes were of different sizes and density, a grand champion is yet to be determined.
In total, the two campuses raised over $4,000 for the IMPJ and their respective delegations to this year's Ride For Reform. Donations can still be made by clicking here
and entering "Latke Latke" as the designated rider.
The contestants wish to thank the more than 200 people who pledged their support for this fundraiser.
Contestants from HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Contestants from HUC-JIR/Los Angeles
Fundraising Champion Bess Wohlner
Jerusalem Winner: Marina Tecktiel
Los Angeles Winner: Jeremy Simons