2011 Jewish Community Heroes Campaign Rules

2011 Jewish Community Heroes Campaign Rules

The Jewish Federations of North America is proud to welcome the third annual Jewish Community Heroes campaign. This is our opportunity to celebrate the individuals who dedicate their lives to helping others.

In keeping with the Heroes tradition, it’s up to the public to nominate and vote for the community heroes they feel embody the spirit of the award.

This year, the public will establish twenty semifinalists. Ten of the semifinalists will be professionals who earn a living from their socially conscious work. The other ten semifinalists will be volunteers who don’t earn an income from the services they offer to their community.

Who can be nominated as a Jewish Community Hero?

We encourage you to nominate Heroes from all walks of life—the neighbor running nonprofit bake sales, a volunteer who serves the elderly at a local retirement home, a teacher building a school for the underserved, the community organizer bringing people together.

Nominees must be residents of the United States or Canada and be 13 years of age or older. Employees of The Jewish Federations of North America cannot be nominated, nor can elected government officials or candidates for government elections. Past nominees may be nominated again, however semifinalists from 2010’s campaign cannot be nominated, and grant recipients from any previous Heroes year are also excluded. Nominees are not eligible if they were nominated for a cause that runs directly counter to the ideals of The Jewish Federations of North America.

Employees of any Federation or National Federation/Agency Alliance member organization, as well as volunteers for any of these agencies are eligible for nomination as Jewish Community Heroes. If you have questions about whether or not someone is eligible, please contact us here.

How do I receive updates?

Sign up to receive updates on the Jewish Community Heroes campaign. You’ll also get notices from your local Jewish Federation based on the zip code that you indicate. Please click 'unsubscribe' on any email you receive to be removed from our list; and 'unsubscribe' directly from the Jewish Federation to be removed from their list.

Who can nominate a Hero?

Anyone can nominate a Hero and vote for candidates.

Can nominees from last year be nominated for 2011's Jewish Community Hero campaign?

Yes, nominees from 2010's campaign can be nominated and are eligible for receive the top honor in 2011's campaign. However, last year’s 20 semifinalists are not eligible. Grant recipients from any previous Heroes year are also excluded.

How is the Hero of the Year decided?

There are four steps to the process:

  1. The public nominates and votes for their favorite heroes. The deadline for new nominations is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 27, 2011.
  2. Public voting for the nominees will end on 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 10, 2011.
  3. The top ten vote-getters in the Professionals category and the ton ten in the Volunteers category will determine the 20 semifinalists. All votes will be audited to ensure no ineligible votes have been submitted intentionally or unwittingly by participants. The list of semifinalists is not official until the end of this audit, which may affect the composition and order of the semifinalist list.
  4. A panel of judges selects the five finalists, including the Jewish Community Hero of the Year, all of whom receive a Heroes grant. The winners will be announced in December. Please note that ALL Heroes nominees will receive a certificate of recognition at the end of the campaign.

When does voting open? How do I vote?

Voting to establish the 20 semifinalists is open from the moment the ‘vote’ button is added to the Heroes site on September 7 through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 10. Votes are limited to one per user per Hero every 24 hours. (You may vote for more than one Hero each day, but you may only vote for the same Hero once per day.) You must provide a valid email address to vote.

All results will be audited after the close of online voting to ensure compliance with voting regulations. Vote tallies and leaderboard positions may change during or after the voting the process. Using dummy email addresses, proxies and bot/spam submissions are strictly prohibited.

What criteria will the judges use to pick the Hero of the Year and additional honorees from the semifinalists?

The essential criteria will be:

  • The nominee shows exceptional qualities and commitment in line with the mission of The Jewish Federations of North America, strengthening the Jewish community, and the ideals of tikkun olam.
  • The nominee complies with the rules of the Jewish Community Heroes campaign.

What will honorees receive?

The Hero of the Year will be provided with a grant 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.

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.

The Federation Hero of the Year will also receive a grant. The Federation Hero of the Year is the leading vote-getter who was nominated for their role in a project directly operated by or primarily funded by a Jewish Federation or one of its national partner agencies or a local chapter thereof. The Federation or partner agency must be cited in the nomination in order for a nominee to be eligible for the Federation Hero recognition.

All nomination entries are subject to an approval process that can take up to 72 hours depending on when you submitted your nomination.

2011 Heroes Grants

Jewish Community Hero of the Year: $25,000
National Finalists (x4): $1,000
Federation Hero of the Year: $5,000

I've been nominated but some of the information is incorrect. How can I correct this problem?

We understand you want you want your entry to be as accurate as possible. As such, we are willing to 1. make minor factual corrections, 2. fix misspelled names, and 3. add a photo to your profile when no photo has been submitted. Please understand that due to the high volume of entries any request that fall outside of the above three categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Nominator and Nominee are the only people permitted to request changes to a nominee profile.

Please submit your requests here.

Can I submit a nomination via mail or fax?

No. We will only post nominees submitted via this website. Please do not mail or fax entries to the JFNA or any JFNA partners.

I cannot vote for a nominee or receive an error message when I vote.

You may cast one vote per Hero every 24 hours. If you are unable to cast your vote it may be due to shared IP addresses across networks. Please try voting from another location or use our voting form.

JFNA and the other participants in this program reserve the right to modify the rules and award-allocation process and award amounts during the course of the event as they see fit. The JFNA also reserves the right to not post entries it deems inappropriate or outside the spirit of the campaign.