The ever-fabulous JA just sent out this email about a rabbi friend in rural America. Please listen and then go vote!
I would love for you to take a minute and go to Babaganewz to support something small but important. My friend L serves [a tiny rural town] where Jews are an extremely rare breed. When a nativity scene was put up in the public square last Christmas, L wrote a letter to the local newspaper about the importance of separation of church and state. In response, there was a huge public outcry in support of the nativity scene and against L.
Her religious school has entered a Jewish hip-hop contest on the theme of achdut [unity], and their rap, telling the true story of what happened […] last Christmas, is now a national finalist. Please go to Babaganewz and listen to Song F, then vote for it!
(I also happened to think it is by far the best entry.) For kids in a place [this town] who have literally no connection to any other Jews, winning a contest like this would really mean a lot, and could potentially go a long way towards keeping them connected to the Jewish people in the long term, along with helping them to see their rabbi as a role model in celebrating Jewish identity and uniqueness in small town America.
Thanks, and enjoy.