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Turn Passion Into Profit

Wish you could do what you love for a living? Well, maybe you can! Come to Sixth & I‘s upcoming event, Passion to Profit, to find out how. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency‘s Employment and Career Services, will feature a panel of young Jewish entrepreneurs discussing how they turned their creative ideas into successful businesses.

Speakers include Erika Ettin, GTJ’s dating columnist and founder of A Little Nudge, and Steve Davis, a former Jewish Guy of the Year finalist, GTJ advice columnist, and Mr. Yogato owner!

WHEN: 7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 17

WHERE:600 I Street NW

Admission is only $8 at the door or $6 if you buy tickets in advance.

 

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Anti-Semitic Elmo Back Behind Bars – Gather the News – 9/25

We really, really like gathering…

  • Anti-Semitic Elmo, Adam Sandler (no relation to the Jewish comedian), was arrested again for an anti-Semitic rant in Central Park.

 

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Latin Fiesta! – Rachel’s Weekly Update – 9/25

Hello all!

This past week had its ups and downs for me.  The week started with an up when I met with David P. from  Adas Israel (and the author of Adas Israel Renews!).  David is Adas Israel’s new Director of Communications so we chatted about how our mutually new jobs were going and how excited we both are to be working in the DC Jewish community.

Unfortunately, after that my week took a turn for the worse when I fell sick and completely lost my voice.  When I say completely, I mean completely: nada, zero, zip voice.  I managed to make it to MesorahDC’s Shabbat dinner at Sixth and I, but all I really wanted to do was sleep.  Luckily, some of my new friends were on hand to make me feel better.  Aaron W. gave me a get-well goody bag filled with cookies, cough drops, and a million different types of tea, and Rachel B. made me delicious homemade chicken soup.  I cannot thank either of them enough!

After resting for most of the weekend, my week picked up when I visited the Latin Festival with Rachel B. and Mike W. on Sunday.  The main feature of the festival was the parade in which participants showed pride in their heritage by performing traditional Latin dances in extravagant costumes.  I spent the rest of the day watching movies with friends and continuing to rest so that my voice could come back, which, I am happy to report, happened yesterday morning.  The only stain on my Sunday was finding out that the red panda cub at the National Zoo had died.  Sadly, half of all red pandas born in captivity die :( .

Today and yesterday my focus has been on hydrating in preparation for Yom Kippur.  Even though I am dreading fasting, I am excited for Yom Kippur.  One of my best friends from Delaware, Adam R., is coming to spend the holiday with me.  If you see us at services, make sure to say hi!

Wishing you all an easy and meaningful fast,

Rachel

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The Three-Day Rule or the Three-Hour Rule? – GTJ Dating Series with Erika E. (No. 50)

You go on a first date Tuesday night, and you think it went pretty well.  In fact, you’re sure it went pretty well.  I mean, why else would your prospective new lover constantly let his or her knee graze yours all night or share your drink as if you’d known each other for more than, oh, 45 minutes? You go home happy.  Wednesday morning comes and goes, and by Wednesday at around 3 PM, you think the potential new relationship is doomed.  It’s been 17.26 hours, and not even a measly text??

The advent of modern technology – texting, Gchat, and e-mail – has completely changed the “three-day rule” into more like a “three-hour rule.”  So many relationships end before they even start because no one knows the answer to the simple question: How soon do you follow up after a date?

A survey performed by the company LoveGeist was commissioned by Match.com last year, and it found that after a first date on a Saturday evening, most daters will get in touch by 11:48 AM on Monday with a call or text.  Thus, 1.52 days is now the average time spent waiting for a follow-up message.  The three-day rule is now cut in half!  (I don’t, however, recommend a first date on a Saturday night, especially a first online date.  A weeknight or Sunday evening date works well, and then if you want to see each other again, you can plan for the coveted Friday or Saturday night slot when you already know you have some chemistry.  Remember, sometimes it’s better to be a PSP than a DO.)

In this day and age, we are all basically surgically attached to our phones.  I know someone who texted from the hospital bed just minutes after she had a baby, and we all know someone (and that person likely stares at us in the mirror) who checks his or her e-mail every morning on the iPhone before even getting out of bed.  When it comes down to it, if you like someone, it’s so easy to get in touch.  If you wait the antiquated three days, it’s already a foregone conclusion that you’re probably just not that into the other person.

In most cases, if he’s interested, the man will contact the woman after the date to ask her out again.  But I do encourage the woman to send a “thank you text” the day after the date.  Why not remind your date of you the next day?  Assuming he also had a great time, it’ll put a smile on his face and give him the “nudge” he needs to know that you want to stay in contact with him.

The rules are simple: If you like someone and want to make plans for date #2, then make the contact in a timely fashion.  A short and sweet text, e-mail, or call will work.  And ladies, if he has the courtesy to ask you out again and you’re not interested, do the kind thing and thank him, using the honest answer that you didn’t feel a spark.  Ignoring it will only make a possible future encounter (remember – it’s a small world) that much more awkward.

And there we have it – the three-day rule debunked.  Somehow the “1.52-day rule” just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.  Let’s call it the “36-hour rule” and be on our way.

Erika Ettin is, as the Washington Post has noted, a “modern day Cyrano.” She is the Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people with all aspects of online dating.  Check out her interview on NPR here. An archive of all of Erika’s columns is also available.  Want to connect with Erika?  Join her newsletter for updates and tips.

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Federation’s Reverse Mifgash – Bringing Israelis to DC

The incoming Reverse Mifgash delegation at an information session in Israel.

Eat better.  Go to the gym.  Call Saba and Savta more.  Donate to charity.

These are typical pledges made for New Year’s resolutions.  But what do people say when they make Jewish New Year resolutions?

It is that time of the year.  Pools are closing.  Leaves are starting to turn.  Sixth & I, Washington Hebrew, Adas Israel, and other shuls are filling up for the high holidays.  But it is also an atypical year.  The Nats have the best record in baseball.  RGIII has given a new hope to Redskins fans.  And Young Leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is bringing Taglit-Birthright Israel to DC.  If your pledge for 5773 was is to get more involved in the Jewish community, reconnect with Israel, meet new friends, go out and have fun, fight anti-Semitism, or learn something new…then this program is for you.

The community is opening its arms and welcoming 12 Israelis for the Reverse Mifgash, which kicks off October 9 and will run for ten days.  As you could assume by the name of the event, the program complements Birthright Israel by bringing Israelis who have been on a Taglit-Birthright Israel: DC Community Trip* to the U.S. to reconnect with their busmates and meet hundreds more of DC, MD, and VA’s most fun and attractive Jewish young leaders.

And just as the community is opening its arms, twenty-four young professionals from the Greater Washington region are opening up their homes so our Israeli guests have a more authentic experience during their stay than at a hotel.  Hundreds more opened up their wallets to sponsor the program and collectively they raised over $26,000 through “friend-raising” (grassroots fundraising through personal networks).  And your calendar just got filled-up with tons of exciting educational, cultural, and social programs during these ten days — such as a Birthright Bar Mitzvah Bash that celebrates the program’s 13th year with a 90s themed party at the DCJCC featuring one of the DMV’s best cover bands.

“This is my fourth Reverse Mifgash,” said David Manchester, who serves as one of the program co-chairs.  “The host committee and I are extremely proud to make this program the biggest one in DC’s history and we hope to see you and your friends there next month,” he added.

The program is sponsored by The Jewish Federation and NEXT DC (the DC-area Birthright alumni network).  It brings American and Israeli Taglit-Birthright alumni together for a ten-day immersive experience in the Greater Washington area.  Programming, in addition to the DCJCC, will be held at The Kennedy Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, JCC of Greater Washington, and other locations.

Acting Gather The Jews Girl of the Year Ariana Heideman is excited.  “I love Israel, Israelis, and bridging that community with American Jewry,” says Ariana.  “This really is a unique opportunity to reconnect with their Israeli peers and show them with the same hospitality as when they were on Taglit,” continues Heideman.

To learn more about the Reverse Mifgash or to register for events visit:  www.ShalomDC.org/ReverseMifgash or contact sara.weiner@shalomdc.org.

*NOTE – Registration for the winter 2012-2013 Taglit-Birthright Israel: DC Community Trip is currently open.  Click here to learn more.

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DC’s Young Professional Dilemma: RENT or BUY?

As a realtor, I get asked all the time about the state of the DC real estate market and my answer is always the same, “It’s strong…to quite strong” (shameless “Meet the Parents” reference).  DC home prices are up almost 11% since the bottom of the market in the summer of 2009 and up 6.5% in the last year alone.*  DC continues to be one of the best housing markets in the nation and a strong argument can be made for the role of young professionals in helping to drive up both the region’s rents and its home values.

RENTS ON THE RISE

Since 2000, young professionals have accounted for the majority of DC’s population growth (the number of 20- to 34-year-olds living in DC has increased 23%!).  Since young professionals are more transient and tend to prefer renting to buying, the influx of young professionals moving to DC has had a dramatic effect on rental rates.  DC’s rental vacancy rate is among the lowest in the nation and rental rates have increased almost 15% since 2010 and 10% in last twelve months alone.**  If any of you have engaged in hand-to-hand combat to rent a subterranean efficiency with six foot ceilings and rats for roommates then you know the drill.  While some experts expect rental rate increases to flatten out in the short term as new apartment units come online, others feel that the trend of rising rents will continue as the pent up demand of the Boomerang Generation (i.e. all those friends of yours that are living in their parent’s basements or in overcrowded group houses) will be unleashed as the economy continues to improve.

MORE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LOOK TO BUY

The combination of rising rental rates, historically low mortgage rates, and a housing market that is rebounding from recent lows has led many young professionals to leave renting behind in favor of entering the marketplace for a single family home or condo.  With first-time homebuyers traditionally comprising 40% of home sales, increased demand among this key demographic, coupled with tight housing inventory levels (current listings are at their lowest level since 2005), have contributed to the price appreciation that we continue to see in the DC housing market.  So that brings us to:

SHOULD I RENT OR BUY?

While most economic indicators point to “buy”, my unsatisfying answer is….it depends (I know, I know…way to go out on a limb, Dave).  According to a recent breakeven study by Zillow, buying in DC becomes a better financial alternative than renting after just 3.5 years. While this analysis is much more robust than most of the rent vs. buy calculators that litter the internet, it still relies on a variety of assumptions with regard to home price and rental appreciation that may or may not come to pass (my crystal ball is in the shop).  These calculators also focus strictly on the financial aspect of the rent vs. buy dilemma.  A calculator cannot capture the qualitative aspects of both renting and buying that, from my experience, drive the majority of purchase decisions.  Is the flexibility of renting more important to you than pride of ownership and setting down roots in a community?  Do you prefer to live somewhere where you can put that 50” flat screen on the wall you just painted the Redskins’ colors (I am officially on the RGIII bandwagon!) or is it more important to you to not have to worry about the costs of maintenance and upkeep?  Do you feel like renting is throwing money down the drain or do you feel that the money you would spend on a deposit would do more for you invested in that hot new tech IPO (not Groupon or Facebook, I hope)?  In the end, while the argument in favor of buying in DC is compelling, the decision to buy vs. rent is a highly personal one that depends on your financial situation, your future plans, and what is important to you about how and where you live.

*Zillow Home Value Index

**Zillow Rental Value Index

David Abramsa new GTJ contributing columnist, is a native of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.  He received his M.B.A. from Emory University in 2009 and currently works as a realtor specializing in DC’s emerging neighborhoods with the BergerSandler+ team (www.bergersandlerplus.com) at Evers & Company Real Estate.  David is licensed in DC, MD, & VA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Party Rock in the 5773 – Gather the News – 9/19

Shana tova! It’s a new year and a new Gather the News!
  • Every year, a rabbi, a cantor, and a small contingent of Jews travel from Israel to Egypt to ensure the last remaining synagogue, Eliyahu Hanavi, has a minyan, but this year they have been denied visas.  Hey Morsi, if Mubarak could ensure the safety of the Jews, why can’t you?
  • A super controversial video has been leaked of Romney giving his opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and his doubt that there will ever be a viable two state solution.  What do you think? Tell us in the comments!
  • Is there soon to be a Matisyahu-Drake feud?  In a recent interview, Matisyahu claims that he is still more Jewish than Drake despite shaving his beard.  Sorry Matisyahu, I don’t think one person can be more Jewish than another, I’m gonna have to go Team Drake on this.
  • Our own Aaron Wolff has his article about Rosh Hashanah reflections and resolutions featured on the Washington Jewish Week! Mazel Tov, Aaron!
  • I know this music video is from last Rosh Hashanah, but the Jew fro and dance moves are just too good not to post.  Shana tova!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rachel’s Weekly Update – 9/17

My favorite part of the Newseum!

Shana tova everyone! I hope you have all enjoyed a sweet start to the new year.

I have now been gathering for over two weeks, and I have been meeting amazing people and been having an amazing time.  Last Wednesday, I participated in the Young Jewish Professionals Network meeting to start planning next year’s Jewnity.  About thirteen Jewish organizations with a young adult component came together and I am looking forward to being a part of the planning this year.  I also met this past week with Andy, Sara, and Sara from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington at the Original Pancake House in Bethesda. Over the largest omlette I have ever encountered, we discussed Federation and GTJ  working together in the Jewish community.

Friday, for Shabbat, I made my first ever visit to the Moishe House for one of their Shabbat dinners where Noah and Rebecca made me feel extremely welcome.  There was delicious food and great schmoozing, aka Jewish heaven.  If you have yet to make it to one of their dinners, it’s definitely worth a try.

I also made it to the Newseum this week which was awesome.  My favorite part was the hall that displayed newspapers featuring historic events starting around the year 1455.  I could have spent an entire day in that hall alone, looking at and reading each newspaper.  One suggestion if you choose to visit, do not save the room with the Pulitzer Prize winning photos for last.  Most of the photos, though hauntingly beautiful, are sad or violent.  The exhibit put a little bit of a damper on the end of the visit.

This Rosh Hashanah marked my first High Holidays outside of Delaware.  I appreciate everyone who was so welcoming to me and invited me in for meals.  I spent erev Rosh Hashanah at Chabad (The Shul), where there was also a community dinner and I was able to meet some new people.  The next day, after services, Esti — Rabbi Shemtov’s daughter and the new Rebbetzin of AU Chabad — invited me to lunch in her parents’ home.  I cannot thank the Shemtovs enough for including me in their meal.  Then, for lunch on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Teitelbaum of MesorahDC asked me to join his family and staff.  Everyone there made me feel so welcome and at home, and I had a great time.

Thank you to everyone who helped make my week and Rosh Hashanah meaningful.  Shana tova, and have a great week!

Rachel

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Support Israel with Israel Bonds!

To buy an Israel bond, email  Michael.Hoffman@israelbonds.com today!  Be sure to mention GTJ!

Are you looking to give back to Israel, but are not sure how?  One of the best ways to contribute to the growth of Israel is by buying an Israel Bond.  Proceeds realized through the sale of Israel bonds have helped cultivate the desert, build transportation networks, create new industries, resettle immigrants, and increase export capability.  The best part is, even though you are buying the bond, you get your money back  plus some interest.  So you could just leave your money laying around in a debit account… Or you can make a sound financial decision with Israel Bonds and help Israel at the same time.

The eMitzvah bond is perfect for someone testing the waters with Israel Bonds. The minimum investment is as low as $36, and there’s no maximum.  I’m sure once you purchase your first eMitzvah bond you’ll realize what a great, safe, financial investment they are. After all, Israel has never missed a payment on a bond since the first bonds were issued in 1951.

You can read more about Israel Bonds on their website, and if you are interested in purchasing a bond email Michael.Hoffman@israelbonds.com today! Remember to mention GTJ!

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The Esrei Yamim Cleanse

Katieben’s Breakfast, one of the recipes on http://10yamimclean.wordpress.com/.

Dear GTJ community,

I’d like to invite you to 10yamimclean.wordpress.com – a blog that Arielle and I created.

For the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, join us as we undertake an intensive reflection of the mind/body/spirit connection via “The Cleanse.” The blog is a forum for recipes, meditations, reflections, and support.

We invite you to join us regardless of your religious affiliations!

Esrei Yamim is Hebrew for 10 days – it’s the term representing the ten days in between Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the day of repentance).

Here’s what I remember from Jewish Day School: Esrei Yamim is the time in which God chooses who will live and who will die in the upcoming year – God opens the book on Rosh Hashanah, and for the next ten days writes the names of who will live. On Yom Kippur, the last of the ten days, God closes the book to seal the deal. That’s why we’re so desperate to pray during those last few hours before the sun goes down on Yom Kippur. We get down on our knees and beg God for forgiveness.

It’s tradition to repent, reflect, and purify during Esrei Yamim. It’s also tradition to ask people for forgiveness.

Esrei Yamim has always been a time for me to think about the previous year – my accomplishments, successes, failures; the big questions I’ve pondered; the relationships I’ve built, maintained and broken; the holidays I’ve celebrated with friends and family; the states and countries I’ve visited; the milestones – and to consider goals for the upcoming year – identify my needs for improvement; think of where I have room to grow; figure out how I can be a better person than I was last year; apologize to people I’ve hurt; write a list of my top ten most offensive sins.

I make resolutions during the secular New Year too, but always draw a line between the types of resolutions I make on Jan 1 and Rosh Hashanah.  My resolutions for the secular New Year are typically material resolutions:  I want to stop using the word “like” in my speech. I try to keep my resolutions for Rosh Hashashah on a more spiritual plane: I want to rely more on my gut than my brain.

I think of Esrei Yamim as a time to recharge and reset, so I can start the new year on a fresh slate.

This year, Arielle and I are posing The Cleanse as an effort to integrate a mind/body/spirit connection with our Jewish traditions. We’ve done The Cleanse several times  (there’s even a category for it under the recipe index here!). I like the cleanse because it forces me to slow down and think about what I put into my body, to appreciate food that isn’t tainted by chemicals and synthetic additives, to taste the goodness of purity. Eating on the cleanse makes me feel clean.

Cleanse Rules:

We will only consume:

Vegan foods – no products derived from animals (no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, etc.)

Gluten-free foods – nothing made with wheat

Unprocessed foods – nothing packaged with more than three ingredients

Unsweetened foods – no added sugar, honey, agave, etc.

Alcohol-free beverages 

*One exception to the above rules above is to include yogurt that is organic, plain, stabilizer- and additive-free. This is a personal choice.

It sounds scary, but I promise that there’s still so so so much to eat. We will start the cleanse on Tuesday morning, Sept 18th. Visit 10yamimclean.wordpress.com for more ideas and thoughts.

L’Shana Tova,

Shaina

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Chipotle Honey-Glazed Carrots

Honey-glazed carrots are a favorite side dish around the High Holidays.  I decided to add a little kick to a Martha Stewart recipe to make this version different from the usual.  Add as much chipotle as you can handle to keep you reaching for your water glass and well-hydrated before your fast.

Total time: 40 min.

Yield: 6 servings

Level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs mini carrot sticks, halved, or regular carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths, halved if thick
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Juice of 2 limes (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ tsp ground chipotle pepper, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

 Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.   Add carrots; cook, stirring once, until they are starting to brown, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add water, honey, lime juice, and chipotle.  Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until crisp-tender, 10 minutes.
  3. Uncover, and cook over medium-high until carrots are tender and liquid is syrupy, 7 to 9 minutes more (there should be only a small amount of liquid remaining).
  4. Remove skillet from heat; add butter, and swirl skillet until melted.  Salt to taste.

© Courtney Weiner.  All Rights Reserved.

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Shana Tova / Call Me Maybe video.

I know I missed the boat a bit on this one, but hopefully you can still appreciate this Rosh Hashanah-themed Call Me Maybe video.  (It’s a requirement of this site to post a CMM video every month or so.  See how it started.)

Thanks to Carole D. for the h/t.

 

 
 

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Best of DC! Vote early, vote often!

Hi Friends!

Now’s your chance to make your opinion heard!  Do you have a favorite restaurant?  A favorite hair stylist?  A favorite bartender?  If so, take a minute to vote in the “Washington Post’s Express Night Out, Best Of” poll.

If I may be so bold, I strongly recommend you vote for former Jewish Guy of the Week Steve Davis‘s yogurt store Mr. Yogato under FROZEN TREATS.  Vote for Sixth & I for READINGS.  Vote for Theater J for SMALL THEATER.  And write-in “Gather the Jews” for BEST COMMUNITY BLOG.

http://www.expressnightout.com/bestof/

You can vote once a day for the two weeks or so.

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Stephen Richer is the co-founder and President of Gather the Jews.

 

 

 

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Taking the political temperature of our Jewish community

The polls have closed on GTJ’s political survey.

Actually, they closed a while ago, but I needed to set up my new apartment at law school.

But…  Better later than never, so here are the results:

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Over 100 people took the survey.  I dropped the responses that did not belong to Jews between the ages 22 and 39, living in the DC area.   That left us with 86 responses.

1)      Jewish identification:

An Orthodox Jew.  12.8%

A Conservative (religiously) Jew.  29.1%

A Reform Jew.  30.2%

A secular Jew.  8.1%

 

According to Wikipedia (yes, I trust it), 46% of Jews belong to a synagogue.  Of those Jews, 38% are members of a Reform synagogue, 33% Conservative, 22% Orthodox, and 2% Reconstructionist.   Not too terribly different from our results.

2)      Party Identification:

A Democrat  66.3%

A Republican  17.4%

An Independent  16.3%

 

Additionally, three people wrote in, one wrote “Libertarian”, and two wrote “Conservative.”

According to the 2011 statistics of the Jewish Virtual Library, 16% of Jewish American voters identify as Republican, 45% Democrat, 38% Independent.

Our contingent seems to be a little more partisan.  Two thoughts for this:  1) This was a volunteer survey; people more passionate about politics were more likely to spend time taking it (example: I’m guessing Steve Davis did not take it), and people more passionate about politics are more likely to align with a party.  2) We’re in DC, a city where people tend to gravitate toward one party or the other (many people come to DC for partisan reasons!)

The only segment of Jews that tends to be consistently Republican is Orthodox Jews.

For information on the Jewish vote in past presidential elections, I refer you back to this article.

3)      Rank the following political issues in terms of importance to you (1 = Most important; 10 = Least important).

So this yielded quite the data table.  I’m not going to give you the standard deviations or anything fancy like that for the time being, but here’s the mean, median, and most-picked for each:

  • The Economy — Average = 2.42, Median = 2, Most popular = 1 (31 selections)
  • Jobs — Average = 3.76, Median = 3, Most popular = 2 (21)
  • Health Care — Average = 3.92, Median = 4, Most popular = 3 (18)
  • Israel — Average = 5.14, Median = 5, Most popular = 3 (13)
  • Taxation — Average = 5.66, Median = 5, Most popular = 5 (16)
  • Environment — Average = 5.98, Median = 6, Most popular = 9 (14)
  • Abortion — Average = 6.13, Median = 6, Most popular = 8 (14)
  • Gay Rights — Average = 7.00, Median = 7, Most popular = 10 (22)
  • Iraq/Afghanistan — Average = 7.31, Median = 7, Most popular = 8 (17)
  • Immigration — Average = 7.69, Median = 8, Most popular = 9 (19)

Clearly, whichever candidate can prove himself most capable on the economy is going to score major points with our community.  The average American feels pretty similarly.  Here’s this issue ranking from Rasmussen Reports (July, 2012):

Economy 74%
Health Care 67%
Gov’t Ethics and Corruption 64%
Taxes 55%
Energy Policy 44%
Education 55%
Social Security 60%
Immigration 47%
National Security/War on Terror 46%
Afghanistan 30%

 

4)      Rate President Obama on:  (1 = Super Awesome; 2 = Pretty good; 3 = He’s aiite; 4 = Not so great; 5 = Terrible)

  • Health Care — Average = 2.50, Median = 2, Most popular = 2 (32)
  • Foreign Policy — Average = 2.70, Median = 2, Most popular = 2 (40)
  • Israel — Average = 2.94, Median = 2, Most popular = 2 (31)
  • The Economy — Average = 2.94, Median = 2, Most popular = 2 (39)
  • Immigration — Average = 2.98, Median = 3, Most popular = 2 (34)
  • Jobs — Average = 3.07, Median = 3, Most popular = 2 (31)

In summary, our community thinks President Obama is “pretty good.”  It’s perhaps not surprising then that:

5)      I will likely vote for:

Obama  69.8%

Romney  27.9%

I will likely not vote  2.3%

 

And yet, this is well below historical averages for Democratic Presidents.  President Obama won 78% of the Jewish vote in 2008, and the Democrats have won, on average, 78.2% of the Jewish vote since the 1992 election.

 

Other fun info:

6)      Does Judaism influence your politics?

A lot  25.6%

A bit  47.7%

Not much  19.8%

Not at all  7.0%

 

7)      Will your vote be counted in the same/district state you currently live in?

 

My vote will be counted in the district/state I live in.  62.8%

My vote will be counted elsewhere (absentee).  37.2%

 

I was surprised by this.  I thought everyone in DC voted in another state…

About the survey:

This survey was not perfect.  But hopefully it was still interesting.  Our newsletter is sent to 4,000 people.  Of this group, 102 took the survey, and we used 86 responses.  All answer options were rotated for different users so as to avoid an ordering bias (people favoring answers that come earlier, etc.)

If you have any questions about the survey, or if you want more information about the survey, please email me (Stephen@gatherthejews.com)

Thanks for playing!

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Stephen Richer is the co-founder and President of Gather the Jews.

 

 

 

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