Jewish Guy – Kenny

Jewish Guy - Kenny

Kenny on why he should be Jewish Guy of the Year:
Don Draper teaches us that, “advertising is based on one thing:
happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is okay. You are okay.”  A vote for Kenny Ames means you’re voting for happiness, your happiness, because whatever you’re doing is okay.  We are all okay.

Who’s the greatest Jew since 1900?
I would have to pick Albert Einstein and Sandy Koufax.  Einstein was arguably the greatest mind in modern times.  Koufax inspired a generation of future Jewish athletes, and by refusing to pitch on Yom Kippur, he demonstrated to American Jews that our holidays are sacred.

Is working on Capitol Hill as cool as most Congressional Staff say
it is?  Are you really “a big deal”?
My time as a Congressional staffer was incredible. I had the chance to work for two outstanding and respected Members of Congress.  The hours were long and the pay wasn’t great, but it was fantastic to work with several dedicated and passionate public servants.  I’m no Ron Burgundy; in fact, those that have an air that they are a “big deal” are often ridiculed and brought back down to earth.

If you could step into one part of the Torah, which part would it be, and what would you do?
I would have loved to have been at the battle between David and Goliath.  I think I would have been very good gathering rocks for David to use in his slingshot and reminding him to aim for the
weakness in Goliath’s armor.

What would be your first initiative as president of the United States?
I would pass food safety regulations immediately. We would label all meats accordingly (organic, country-of-origin, cloned, etc); all poultry would be raised cage-free and without growth hormones; we would stop stuffing our meat supply with antibiotics; downed animals would be ineligible to enter the food supply; foie gras would be illegal as would veal; we would test the meat frequently for mad cow disease and other ailments; and we would ensure that all workers in the food supply were able to earn a fair wage and be afforded basic rights.  Some might complain this would increase the cost of food, but I have always believed you are what you eat and if you spend a little more for quality, the product is better, tastier, and healthier.

Who’s going to win this year’s World Series?  Super Bowl?
I’d like to see Tampa Bay win it all now that my Red Sox are unlikely to make the playoffs.  They are an exciting team to watch, play the game right, and have a lot of exciting, young talent.  As for the Super Bowl, the Patriots, of course!

What’s the best upcoming Jewish event in DC?
Thanks for asking.  I have three great events coming up that I will be attending.
1) The Annual Sukkoh Hop is Saturday, September 25.
2)The ADL Young Professionals Division is hosting a panel on September 27 on The State of Prop 8: The Way Forward for the Gay Marriage Fight in California and Beyond.
3) October 13 is The Network Kick-off event.
If I had to pick just one, attend the ADL panel discussion.  Am I biased because I am on the planning committee for it?  Of course I am!

Word on the street is that you’re a runner.  What was the last
race you ran in?  Did you get first or second?
Word is correct.  I have run twelve marathons since I started in 2004 with Marine Corps.  I am an avid marathon runner, certified running coach, and VP of Training for DC Road Runners Club
(www.dcroadrunners.org).  We have excellent training programs to prepare runners for races of distances from 10K, 10 miles, half marathon, and marathon.  The last race I ran was the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon on September 19.  I ran it as a dress rehearsal for the Wineglass Marathon on October 3 in Corning, NY, where I hope to run a personal best and qualify for the Boston Marathon by running it in less than three hours and ten minutes.  In November, I am scheduled to run the New York City Marathon.  I love talking about running and theories behind training, so please feel free to contact me at
kenny@dcroadrunners.org.

What’s the one thing that the Jewish community of DC needs to work on? Or what’s missing from the community?
I heard from someone in the know that the Greater Washington area has one of the highest percentages of Jews living here, yet one of the lowest among charitable giving to Jewish causes.  If more young Jews could give just a little now, that would help greatly as there as so many worthy causes that need our support.

If you could date any Jew, who would it be?
Probably Natalie Portman.  I don’t have a great reason other than she is talented, beautiful, and intelligent.