Thursday, November 06, 2008

Last Chance: VOTE FOR LEAH

Leah Larson of Yaldah Magazine is head-to-head with "Danny from Utah" in Wells Fargo's Someday Stories contest. Danny has way too many contacts, and is planning some sort of college party Friday night to get thousands of votes. Leah has been ahead every week, until Shabbos comes around. That's when Danny jumps ahead by hundreds of votes.

Voting ends Monday, November 10th. Leah needs a big push before Shabbos comes around. recently published an article written by Leah about Yaldah.

People always ask me, "How did you do it?" I sometimes ask myself the same question. How can someone so young accomplish something so big? And I think part of the answer is because I was so young. Children have a natural imagination. They're always thinking up big ideas and dreams. It's the adults who try to pound reality into them. If an adult has an idea, they'll usually think through all the little details of what might not work; they're afraid of failure. Kids aren't afraid to take risks and try new things. After all, that's what childhood is all about.

Recently, I’ve been blessed with an incredible opportunity for YALDAH to expand. My mother heard about the “Someday Stories” essay contest sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, asking people to write about what they would do with $100,000. My mother wrote about how with that money Yaldah could expand and offer so much more to Jewish girls.

I was thrilled to find out that I was one of five finalists from over 10,000 entries. Wells Fargo came to my house for a day to video, and came in their signature stagecoach! They posted a short video about each finalist on their website, and for over seven weeks people can vote for which finalist should win the $100,000.

Winning $100,000 would take off the burden of constantly having to fundraise to cover our expensive printing costs. We’d be able to expand to publish more books for girls, publish longer issues more often, pay professional staff, keep subscription costs affordable, offer scholarships to our Jewish girls’ retreats, and so much more.

The support and unity of the Jewish community could help me win. You can vote today (there are only a few days left, voting ends November 10th) at (it’s under my mother’s name, Evelyn from Sharon,MA).
Please click the link and vote today. You can vote with any valid email address and zip code. If you are located in Israel, use any US Zip Code, or you can use 02067 - that's Sharon, MA. Pass on the link and ask everyone you know to vote.


  1. Is the site not working for anyone else?

  2. Here is a comment from YW with instructions for those having trouble:

    1) Click on the link. This girl is named Leah, though it is under her Mother’s name, Evelyn. (possibly because Leah is 17?)

    2) You have to create your own made up Username that is not yet used by someone else. (Don’t be surprised to see that the typical Jewish names
    are taken, Yaakov, Sora…etc.. just make up a name)

    3) You also have to create your own password.

    4) Your e-mail address HAS to be a real one, though we did not see any problem with that, as they do not ask you to buy anything, or join
    anything, or try free offers etc.

    5) You are allowed one vote per e-mail address.

    6) After you have signed in, you then click the name Evelyn from Mass. to view her story, and vote for her.

    7) They also want you to vote for a “cause”, and they explain them as well, if one is interested.. ..


    (if you live outside of the US use zipcode 02067)

  3. Yes - the site was not working for the past few hours due to technical difficulties. It's back up and running now. Thanks for voting!