The Shmooze

How About A Nice Jewish Guy For Your Wall?

By Julie Wiener

  • Print
  • Share Share
Getty Images
Howie Mandel

(JTA) — Don’t confuse them with the “Hottest Rabbis” of 2013, for which the Jewrotica website is currently soliciting nominations.

No, these are the “Nice Jewish Guys” of 2014: the stars of a glossy wall calendar produced in partnership with JDate, just in time for Thanksgivukkah.

This year’s gentlemen include Roe (shown caressing a braided challah), Jason (enjoying a hot dog) and Alex, who happens to be actor Howie Mandel’s son.

The Mandel connection no doubt helped the calendar, which has been published annually since 2011, snag a mention on last night’s “Tonight Show.” Jay Leno interviewed the more famous Mandel and chided the calendar-makers for basing it on the Gregorian, rather than Jewish, year.

Neither the selection criteria nor target audience is entirely clear. Are all the guys ISO female and/or Jewish partners? Just how “nice” are they? Is the whole thing meant ironically? And are they aware that few singles under the age of 50 actually look up from their Google Calendar and Outlook-equipped smartphones long enough to consult a wall calendar nowadays?

In any event, each month features several shots of a fully clothed gent, identified by his first name and a brief, minimally proofread, description. January’s Daniel, for example is a “buffed out hockey stud” who “likes to cook, take care of his dog and going to concerts.” March’s John is a “meatloaf-loving martial artist” who is “not a good whistler.” And Kristopher (no explanation for his goyish name) is a student who “claims his nose is his sexiest attribute.”


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: nice jewish guy, jewrotica, jdate, calendar

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • "Let’s not fall into the simplistic us/them dichotomy of 'we were just minding our business when they started firing rockets at us.' We were not just minding our business. We were building settlements, manning checkpoints, and filling jails." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: 10,000 Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations in New York yesterday.
  • Step into the Iron Dome with Tuvia Tenenbom.
  • What do you think of Wonder Woman's new look?
  • "She said that Ruven Barkan, a Conservative rabbi, came into her classroom, closed the door and turned out the lights. He asked the class of fourth graders to lie on the floor and relax their bodies. Then, he asked them to pray for abused children." Read Paul Berger's compelling story about a #Savannah community in turmoil:
  • “Everything around me turns orange, then a second of silence, then a bomb goes off!" First installment of Walid Abuzaid’s account of the war in #Gaza:
  • Is boredom un-Jewish?
  • Let's face it: there's really only one Katz's Delicatessen.
  • "Dear Diaspora Jews, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you can’t have it both ways. You can’t insist that every Jew is intrinsically part of the Israeli state and that Jews are also intrinsically separate from, and therefore not responsible for, the actions of the Israeli state." Do you agree?
  • Are Michelangelo's paintings anti-Semitic? Meet the Jews of the Sistine Chapel: http://jd.fo/i4UDl
  • What does the Israel-Hamas war look like through Haredi eyes?
  • Was Israel really shocked to find there are networks of tunnels under Gaza?
  • “Going to Berlin, I had a sense of something waiting there for me. I was searching for something and felt I could unlock it by walking the streets where my grandfather walked and where my father grew up.”
  • How can 3 contradictory theories of Yiddish co-exist? Share this with Yiddish lovers!
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.