Meet the Judges

Ami Dar

Ami Dar

Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Idealist.org, one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the web, connecting 90,000 organizations around the world and 70,000 visitors every day. Ami is an Ashoka Fellow and currently serves on the boards of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and Allforgood.org. Read more about Ami Dar

Amy Born

Amy Born

Amy Born is a member of the national board of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and is a consultant with Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, where she works with public, private, and nonprofit clients. Read more about Amy Born

Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen

As an inventor and physicist, Dean Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Read more about Dean Kamen

Etan Cohen

Etan Cohen

Etan Cohen is one of the most sought after comedic minds in Hollywood, most recently named “Comedy Writer of the Year” at the 2009 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. In 2008, Cohen joined Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux to co-write the film Tropic Thunder. Read more about Etan Cohen

Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner is the editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, a legendary Jewish life newspaper. She became the first female editor of the paper in 2008 and has overseen its development in print and online. Read more about Jane Eisner

Jay Feinberg

Jay Feinberg

Jay Feinberg is the founder of Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, which has made thousands of bone marrow matches by building database of potential matches in Jewish community. He is last year's Jewish Community Hero of the year. Read more about Jay Feinberg

Karen Katz

Karen Katz

Karen W. Katz is the CEO of Neiman Marcus, taking the reins for the entire corporation last year. She has overseen the growth of Neiman's as a luxury retailer across the US and online. Read more about Karen Katz

Lenny Krayzelburg

Lenny Krayzelburg

Lenny Krayzelburg captivated America and the entire world at the 2000 Summer Olympics, capturing three swimming gold medals for the United States. He took a fourth gold at the 2004 Olympics. Read more about Lenny Krayzelburg

Linda Hurwitz

Linda Hurwitz

Linda Hurwitz is the president of National Women's Philanthropy of The Jewish Federations of North America, a group that raises hundreds of millions of dollars every year for Jewish causes. The organization represents female donors from around the world committed to securing the well-being of the global Jewish community. Read more about Linda Hurwitz

Lisa Colton

Lisa Colton

Lisa Colton is the founder and president of Darim Online, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Jewish organizations thrive in the digital age. Read more about Lisa Colton

Lori Palatnik

Lori Palatnik

Lori Palatnik is a writer and international Jewish educator who has appeared on television and radio. She is the Founding Director of The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project (JWRP.org), an international initiative that created a "Birthright for Mothers." Read more about Lori Palatnik

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is a popular television actress, most famous for her role as 'Blossom'. Today, she can be seen on the TV sitcom Big Bang Theory. She is active in the Jewish community and is a co-founder of an LA branch of Jewish Free Loan society. Read more about Mayim Bialik

Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg is the former marketing executive of Facebook, where she managed partnerships related to media, news & current events, politics and nonprofits. Randi has led Facebook's U.S. election and international politics strategy, in addition to managing media partnerships with companies such as ABC News and CNN. She is the founder of "R to Z Media" a social media firm. Read more about Randi Zuckerberg

Rick Recht

Rick Recht

Rick Recht is a top-touring performer in Jewish music, playing over 150 US concerts a year, and holding seven popular albums. He is the founder of the Jewish Rock Radio, an online platform for strengthening and sharing Jewish identity through music. Read more about Rick Recht

Rochelle Shoretz

Rochelle Shoretz

Rochelle Shoretz is the founder of Sharsheret, an organization that has been helping Jewish women affected by breast cancer and their families for more than a decade. A breast cancer survivor and mother, she has dedicated her life to linking young Jewish women in the fight. Read more about Rochelle Shoretz

Samantha Levinson

Samantha Levinson

Samantha Levinson is the International N'siah (Teen President) of BBYO, the world's leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement. Samantha serves at the helm of the organization, supervising 60+ counterparts while travelling around the world motivating Jewish teens to grow their local BBYO programs, strengthen their Jewish communities and make a difference in the world. Read more about Samantha Levinson

Shawn Landres

Shawn Landres

Shawn Landres is the co-founder and CEO of Jumpstart, a research & development laboratory for sustainable Jewish innovation. Jumpstart supports diverse nonprofit organizations from around the world, helping them deploy creative solutions to address Jewish life in the 21st century. Read more about Shawn Landres

Yonah Bookstein

Yonah Bookstein

Rabbi Yonah is one of the reasons that thousands of Jews in over ten countries, most recently on college campuses Southern California, are proud to be Jewish, whether it be religiously, culturally, or politically. He was selected as one of the national Jewish Community Heroes honorees in 2009. He founded Jewlicious Festival, the largest Jewish college student weekend gathering in the country. Read more about Yonah Bookstein