Jerusalem and Los Angeles Campuses Hold Latke Eating Contest to Benefit the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
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
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation’s oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR’s scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement’s congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR’s campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.