Days of Awesome Challenge, 2010
About Days of Awesome 2010 (DaysOfAwesome2010)
The Days of Awe are the period around the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There are so many fabulous Jewish characters who are so often written on both fanfic and canon as Jewish in name only. This 30-day challenge focused on the days of awe between those two holy days will highlight those Jewish characters and their Judaism.
When? between 18 August and 18 September
Why? ending with the Days of Awe
Why so long this year? People have commitments in September: new school years, for example, and of course the Jewish holidays! This gives more time for fanworks!
Length: Whatever you want.
Pick a prompt list from one of the three below (populated from the Ashamnu, the Yom Kippur recitation of sins, so they are chock full of juicy stuff!), and post seven days of fic, ficlets, fanart, icons, meta, or vids about a Jewish character. Just feature their Judaism in some way or another: religious, cultural, ethnic, family, or any way at all. You want to have Cristina Yang eating kreplach? Magneto remembering his childhood? Kitty Pryde negotiating with Colossus about raising the kids Jewish? Young Greg House at James Wilson's Bar Mitzvah? Go for it.
Post your seven fanworks at any time in the 30 days of the challenge, between 18 August and 18 September. If you only have time to post one or two instead of all seven, do that, too.
Prompt list 1:
- Yom Kippur!
Prompt list 2:
- Easy fast!
Prompt list 3:
- Turning away.
- Happy new year!
Some suggestions for Jewish characters
Babylon 5: Susan Ivanova
Being Human (UK): George
Brothers & Sisters: Saul Holden; Nora, Sarah, Kitty, Tommy, Kevin, and Justin
Buffy: Willow Rosenberg
Community: Annie Edison
Dead Like Me: Rube Sofer
DC comics: Kate Kane (Batwoman)
Entourage: Ari Gold
Firefly / Serenity: Mr. Universe
Grey's Anatomy: Cristina Yang
Homicide: Life on the Street: Detective John Munch (cf. L&O)
Heroes: Matt Parkman, Hana Gitelman
House: James Wilson, Lisa Cuddy, Chris Taub, Lawrence Kutner
Leverage: Mikel Dayan, the Mossad agent from "The Two Live Crew Job"
Law and Order universe: Detective John Munch (cf. HLOTS), Danielle Melnick, Randy Dworkin
Marvel comics: Kitty Pryde, Bobby Drake, Erik Lensherr (Magneto), Ben Grimm, Wiccan, Scarlet Witch (Jewish father), Quicksilver (Jewish father)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Jane Smith
NCIS: Ziva David
New Amsterdam: Eva Marquez
Numb3rs: Don, Charlie and Alan Eppes
Pushing Daisies: Charlotte, Lily, Vivian, and Charles Charles
RPF: Jon Stewart, Joe Trohman, Seth Green, Kevin Youkilis, etc
Sentinel: Blair and Naomi Sandburg
Sports Night: Dan Rydell, Jeremy Goodwin
Stargate: SG-1: Dr. Robert Rothman
Star Trek: the Next Generation: Worf and Alexander, through the probable Jewishness of the Sergey and Helena Rozhenko
Starsky and Hutch: David Starsky
Studio 60: Matt Albie
Temeraire: Avram and Sara Maden
West Wing: Josh Lyman, Toby Ziegler
Wire: Rhonda Pearlman, Maury Levy
X-Files: Fox Mulder, probably
Or check the Wikipedia list of fictitious Jews for many more.
Links to resources and similar communities
- in_the_beginning, a Hebrew Bible Fanworks Fest
- megillahfic Megillah Guerillas: Ficathon for Purim
- purimgifts / purimgifts Ficathon for Purim
- Token Jews on television and in movies by kita0610
- stilljewish For discussion of Jewish characters and Jewish issues in fandom
and also, related,