Super Mitzvah 50: Rival Cities Make a Football Bet for Charity
Who will dominate this year's Super Bowl? Reform rabbis in Denver and Charlotte have created their own version of (very polite but also very funny) trash-talking videos... with the proceeds going to charity, of course! Congregations in the rival cities have started an online fundraiser that, as of Monday morning, had raised more than $2,500.
"The Panthers are God's home team," argues Rabbi Judith Schindler of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, N.C. (though you'll have to watch the video to hear why). If the Panthers win, two-thirds of the funds raised will go toward the Shalom Park Freedom School, which serves 80 students from low-income families throught the summer, increasing their literacy and having fun doing it.,
In Denver, Temple Emanuel and its spiritual leader Rabbi Joe Black are rooting for a Broncos win. If their team takes down the Panthers for a Super Bowl win, two-thirds of the funds raised will go to Jewish Family Service, which provides meals to Colorado families in need.
Only one team can win the Super Bowl, but no matter the outcome, two communities will both win big.