The debate has raged for centuries.
It’s all Jewish mothers, fathers, and potential spouses talk about: what makes a nice Jewish boy?
Your prayers, my friends, have been answered.
Enter the four finalists of the Mr. Nice Jewish Boy Pageant 2017! Drawn from a diverse pool of contestants across Washington, DC, the top four aim to impress the voting public and a panel of celebrity judges. It’s an unmissable event.
“What I love about this pageant is people joining together and showing off their talents to create a fun event that benefits the community as a whole,” said organizer Jonathan Gilad. “At our last event, we had everything from matzoh ball soup making to a rabbi taking shots. So I’m very excited to see what our candidates will bring to the (Kiddush) table this time around.”
Unlike other pageants, this one will not include a swimsuit competition. Instead, the four finalists will compete in three other areas: (1) an entry and introduction; (2) a talent; and (3) a question-and-answer session with the judges. Each of these three areas will have equal weight in the final voting tally.
Contestants will receive points by wowing the crowd, the judges, and the social-media public through video.
The winner will gain the crown, as well as a prize package including theatre tickets, courtesy of sponsor Theater J, and a donation to the charity of the winner’s choice.
While the competition is to crown a nice Jewish boy, drag hostess Queen Esther has other ideas. “A girl like me on the stage with boys like those. They won’t be nice for long,” she said, sipping imported Persian tea.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the GLOE (Gay Lesbian Outreach and Engagement) Program at the Edlavitch DCJCC and DC LGBT Center.
The contestants are:
Mike Sexton: I’m observantly Jewish, conventionally attractive, prestigiously educated, gainfully employed and I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under two minutes. I know my abrasive personality, deeply ingrained neuroses and staggering student loan debt make me undesirable as a husband, but those aren’t relevant here…and I just feel like this should be a slam dunk.
Jeremy Gilston: I am DC’s nicest Jewish boy because, let’s face it, your mom photoshops you into couples pictures with me for her mantle and shows all her friends in her Mahjong league…
Sam Rubinstein: Nice Jewish Boys has been my community and support in DC, from my time as a lowly intern to now as a young professional. The intersection of Judaism and Queerness is central to my identity, and this is my place to explore and grow it. I hope to take this energy and passion to serve and represent this community as Mr. NJB, and ask for your support to allow me to do so.
Tony Cohn: I have the greatest family and the best friends. It’s easy to be nice when you’re surrounded by love.