About the 2011 Jewish Community Heroes Campaign

Building on the success of the past two years, the third annual Jewish Community Heroes campaign continues to celebrate the selfless and courageous acts of everyday community heroes.

With your help, we can shine a national spotlight on local leaders, volunteers and professionals, whether their work impacts five people or 5,000.

The Jewish Community Hero of the Year selected through the Jewish Community Heroes campaign receives a $25,000 grant from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to be used as an investment in his/her community project or non-profit effort. Additionally, the four remaining finalists will each receive a $1,000 grant, and the Federation Hero of the Year will receive a $5,000 grant.

A History of Heroes

The Jewish Federations of North America started the Heroes campaign two years ago to recognize the remarkable individuals who live their lives helping others.

The Heroes campaign is a natural extension of the JFNA’s work protecting and enhancing the well-being of Jews worldwide. Like the Hero nominees and winners, the JFNA takes the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah (charity and social justice) to heart.

Jewish Community Heroes nominees come from all walks of life — the neighbor running nonprofit bake sales, a teacher building a school for the underserved, the entrepreneur donating services to neighborhood development, the community organizer bringing people together.

Do you know someone in your community who should be nominated as a Jewish Community Hero? Speak up and share their good works with the greater community.

Campaign Timeline

From August 22 through November 10, 2011, anyone across North America can go online, submit nominations and vote for the candidates they believe best embody the spirit of the award. We’ll recognize the Jewish Community Hero of the Year and other honorees in December.

August 22: Nominate Your Hero
The public nominates heroes until Tuesday, September 27.

September 7: Public Voting Begins
On Wednesday, September 7, the public can begin voting for their favorite heroes. Public voting ends on Tuesday, November 10.

September 27: Nominations Deadline
The Deadline for new nominations is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

November 10: Public Voting Deadline
The deadline for public voting is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 10, 2011.

November 15: Announce Semifinalists
The public vote decides the twenty semifinalists. The semifinalists will be split evenly between 10 professionals and 10 volunteers.

December: Announce Winners
A panel of judges, prominent members of the Jewish community with long histories of service to the community, selects the five finalists, including the Jewish Community Hero of the Year, from the semifinalist selection. All five finalists receive a Heroes grant.

Read the campaign’s official rules.