win a ketubah and mazel tov glass

It’s our Annual Engagement Contest Time

Win your Ketubah from Ketubah.Com and your very own Mazel Tov Glass from MazelTovGlass.Com

win a ketubah and mazel tov glassSpring has sprung.  We have celebrated two nights of Seder, when we acknowledge the circle of life, new beginnings and journeys, that means at Modern Jewish Wedding offices’ it is time to raise a glass to all of our newly engaged couples.

Mazel Tov to all of you in the planning phase of your Modern Jewish (or Interfaith) Wedding.  This #contest is just for you.

Here is your chance to win your very own Ketubah from and your very own Mazel Tov Glass.

Submit your story of approximately 300 words along with at least one picture of the two of you right here!

You have between now and the end of April to enter your story to become a finalist!

In addition to winning your very own Ketubah from & your own Mazel Tov Glass, you too will have your story and images featured in The Modern Jewish Magazine  being released in print and online this fall.

Need some inspiration?  Read last year’s winning Modern Jewish Engagement Story.

modern jewish engagement couple #3

You can follow along using hashtag #mjbride, watching our Facebook page or our Pinterest Board.

The criteria is short, simple and sweet

1) Originality
2) Creativity – what thought process was used
3) Degree of difficulty – what effort was put in regards to execution of the proposal

Our Modern Jewish Wedding panel of experts (AKA you) get to be the judges!

Contest Rules, Regulations and Legalease.


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Engagement Story Contest Rules

1. BINDING AGREEMENT: In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to the Rules. Therefore, please read these Rules prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree. You agree that submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules. You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and The Modern Jewish Life Blogs with respect to the Contest.


2. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter the Contest, an Entrant must: (a) Be planning a Jewish or Interfaith Wedding in 2014. (b) The Wedding must have the component of a Ketubah signing and Breaking the Glass. (c) Professional engagement shots must be scheduled in order to meet all publication deadlines. Contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders of The Modern Jewish Life Blogs, and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, advertising and promotion agencies, representatives, and agents (“Contest Entities”), and members of the Contest Entities’ and their immediate families (parents, siblings, children, spouses, and life partners of each, regardless of where they live) and members of the households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are ineligible to participate in this Contest.


3. SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by The Modern Jewish Life Blogs Inc. (“The Modern Jewish Life Blogs” or “Sponsor”), a Texas corporation with principal place of business at 3571 Far West Blvd., PMB #120, Austin, TX 78731


4. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest begins on April 17, 2014 11am Eastern Time (ET) Zone in the United States and ends on May 2, 2014, 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET) Zone (“Contest Period”). All dates are subject to change.


5. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. To enter the Contest, visit the Contest blog entry located at The Modern Jewish Life The Modern Jewish Life Blogs/ (“Contest Site”) during the Contest Period and follow the instructions that appear on the “Enter Here” tab. You will be requested to complete a one-page official entry form (“Entry Form”) with: (a) your engagement story of between 200 and 500 words; (b) all information contained in the form (c) a photo of the two members of the couple.

To submit an entry in hard-copy form, the entry must be mailed in an envelope (packaged carefully so it won’t be damaged) with proper postage affixed, to one of the following mailing addresses:

For Regular U.S. Mail & For Overnight Mail (e.g. Courier service like FedEx, UPS, etc.): The Modern Jewish Life Blogs, 3571 Far West Blvd., PMB #120, Austin, TX 78731

Entries received without a completed Entry Form will be disqualified.


LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER ENTRANT. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. To be considered for the Contest, entries must be: (i) complete (as determined by The Modern Jewish Life Blogs); (ii) received by May 2, 2014 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET); and (iii) in English (unless otherwise specified). Machine or computer-generated mass entries will be disqualified. Any submission not meeting the aforementioned criteria will be disqualified. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs accepts no responsibility for submissions lost, delayed, damaged, defaced, or mislaid, howsoever caused. Proof of mailing does not constitute proof of entry. All entries will be deemed made by the Entrant submitted at the time of entry.


6. REQUIREMENTS. The Jewish or Interfaith wedding and supporting statements must meet the following criteria (“Requirements”):

  • They must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libellous or contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, torturous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the theme and spirit of the Contest.
  • They must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulation including the laws or regulations in any state where the statement are created.
  • They must not contain any content, material or element that displays any third party advertising, slogan, logo, trademark or otherwise indicates a sponsorship or endorsement by a third party, commercial entity or that is not within the spirit of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
  • They must be original, unpublished works that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.
  • They cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
  • The Entrant does not include any disparaging remarks relating to the Sponsor or a third party.


7. JUDGING: Each story will be evaluated and scored based on the following “Criteria”: (i) originality – (ii) creativity of proposal; (iii) degree of difficulty


Tie-breaker: In the event of a tie at any level of judging, the judges will re-evaluate the engagement story and accompanying photo according to the Criteria until the tie is broken. The tied stories will be put up for a re-vote amongst the readers and judges at the respective level until the tie is broken.


Decisions of the judges are final and binding. In the event there are not enough eligible entries, not all prizes will be awarded. If a potential winner is unable for whatever reason to accept his or her prize, then The Modern Jewish Life Blogs reserves the right to award the prize to another entrant.


Notification of Finalists and Winners: Becoming a finalist is subject to validation and verification of eligibility and compliance with all the terms and conditions set forth in these Rules. If a potential finalist or winner is disqualified for any reason, the story that received the next highest total score will be chosen as the potential finalist or winner. The potential finalist(s) and winner(s) will be selected and notified by telephone and/or email, at Sponsor’s discretion. If a potential finalist/winner does not respond to the notification attempt within three (3) days from the first notification attempt, then such potential finalist/winner may be disqualified and an alternate potential finalist/winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received based on the judging Criteria described herein. With respect to notification by telephone, such notification will be deemed given when the potential finalist/winner engages in a live conversation with Sponsor or when a message is left on the potential finalist/winner’s voicemail service or answering machine by the Sponsor, whichever occurs first. Except where prohibited by law, each potential state finalist/winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any additional information that may be required by Sponsor. If required, potential finalists/winners must return all such required documents via fax (or as otherwise instructed) within forty-eight (48) hours and via U.S. Mail within seven (7) days following attempted notification or such potential finalist/winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another potential finalist/winner may be selected based on the judging Criteria described herein. In the event the potential finalist/winner is a minor, his or her parent or legal guardian must sign the documents and return them as described herein. All notification requirements, as well as other requirements within these Rules, will be strictly enforced. Determinations of Judges are final and binding. All potential finalists and the eventual winner, agree to keep their winning story, professional engagement photos, winning ketubah and mazel tov glass and wedding photos strictly confidential between submission and the final launch on the The Modern Jewish Life Blogs website and accompanying materials.


8. PRIZES: The Winning Couple will receive their choice of a Ketubah from, a glass provided by Mazel Tov Glass and an engagment and wedding spread in The Modern Jewish Wedding on the blog or magazine at The Modern Jewish Life Blogs discretion.


9. TAXES: AWARDS OF PRIZES TO POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT THEY SUBMIT TO THE MODERN JEWISH LIFE BLOGS ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY THE MODERN JEWISH LIFE BLOGS TO PERMIT IT TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL TAX REPORTING ALL PRIZES WILL BE NET OF ANY TAXES THE MODERN JEWISH LIFE BLOGS IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO WITHHOLD. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL TAXES IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. In order to receive a prize, potential winners must submit tax documentation requested by The Modern Jewish Life Blogs or otherwise required by applicable law, to The Modern Jewish Life Blogs or a representative for The Modern Jewish Life Blogs or the relevant tax authority, all as determined by applicable law. The potential winner and finalists, and if the winner/finalist is a minor, their parents or legal guardians, are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and The Modern Jewish Life Blogs may, in its sole discretion, select an alternate potential winner.


10. GENERAL CONDITIONS: All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant from the Contest if, in The Modern Jewish Life Blogs’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the Entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, The Modern Jewish Life Blogs, or the Judges.


11. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: As between The Modern Jewish Life Blogs and the Entrant, the Entrant retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to the Doodle (excluding The Modern Jewish Life Blogs’s rights in the The Modern Jewish Life Blogs logo/trademark). As a condition of entry, Entrant grants The Modern Jewish Life Blogs a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the Doodle and the inventions depicted therein for any purpose, including display on the The Modern Jewish Life Blogs website, without any attribution or compensation to Entrant. Entries will not be returned. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs retains all rights in the The Modern Jewish Life Blogs products and services and entry into this Contest will in no case serve to transfer any The Modern Jewish Life Blogs intellectual property rights to the Entrant.


13. PRIVACY: Entrants agree and acknowledge that personal data submitted with an entry, including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by The Modern Jewish Life Blogs and its affiliates for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest. All personal information that is collected from parents, guardians, teachers, and after-school programs on behalf of Entrants is subject to The Modern Jewish Life Blogs’s Privacy Policy, located at: http://www.The Modern Jewish Life Individuals submitting personal information in connection with the Contest have the right to request access, review, rectification or deletion of any personal data held by The Modern Jewish Life Blogs in connection with the Contest by writing to The Modern Jewish Life Blogs at the following address: Privacy Matters, c/o The Modern Jewish Life Blogs Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043.


13. PUBLICITY. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to participate in any media or promotional activity resulting from the Contest as reasonably requested by The Modern Jewish Life Blogs at The Modern Jewish Life Blogs’s expense and agree and consent to use of their name and/or likeness by The Modern Jewish Life Blogs. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs will contact Entrants in advance of any The Modern Jewish Life Blogs-sponsored media request for interviews.

The Doodles may also be used for press and media purposes and Entrant agrees to waive any rights and not assert any intellectual property rights that Entrant has or may have in the Doodle. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs reserves the right to publish the name and likeness of the Entrants with the top 50 scores, the Finalists and the Winner on the Contest Site or through other media for publicity purposes.


14. WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Entrants warrant that their entries are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted story and photos and that they have the right to submit in the Contest and grant all required licenses. Each Entrant agrees not to submit any story that: (a) infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade names, industrial designs, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity or confidentiality obligations; or (b) otherwise violates applicable state, federal, or local law.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified Sponsor at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the Entrant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from: (i) any material uploaded or otherwise provided by Entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) any misrepresentation made by Entrant in connection with the Contest; (iii) any non-compliance by Entrant with these Rules; (iv) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Rules arising from or related to Entrant’s involvement with the Contest; (v) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in the Contest; (vi) any malfunction or other problem with the Contest Site in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant; (vii) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry or voting information in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant and in the voting process by consumers; or (viii) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners in relation to the entry and participation in the Contest by Entrant.


15. ELIMINATION. Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by Entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right or non-compliance with these Rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the Contest.


16. INTERNET AND DISCLAIMER. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs is not responsible for any malfunction of the entire Contest Site or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed entries or votes due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, typographical or system/human errors and failures, technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, cable connections, satellite transmissions, servers or providers, or computer equipment, traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Contest Site, or any combination thereof, including other telecommunication, cable, digital or satellite malfunctions which may limit Entrant’s/consumer’s ability to participate/vote respectively. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs is not responsible for the policies, actions, or inactions of others, which might prevent Entrant from entering, participating, and/or claiming a prize in this Contest. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Entrants who violate the rules or interfere with this Contest in any manner. If an Entrant is disqualified, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate that Entrant’s eligibility to participate in the Contest.


17. RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY OR DISQUALIFY. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, The Modern Jewish Life Blogs reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. The Modern Jewish Life Blogs further reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the submission process or any other part of the Contest or Contest Site. Any attempt by an Entrant to deliberately damage any web site, including the Contest Site, or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, The Modern Jewish Life Blogs reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent of the applicable law.


18. NOT AN OFFER OR CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT: Under no circumstances shall the submission into the Contest, the awarding of a prize, or anything in these Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with either The Modern Jewish Life Blogs, or the Contest Entities. Entrants acknowledge that they submitted their entry voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. Entrants acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between Entrant and The Modern Jewish Life Blogs or the Contest Entities and that no such relationship is established by Entrant’s submission under these Rules.


19. FORUM AND RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL PROCEDURES: These Rules shall be governed by, subject to, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, United States of America, excluding all conflict of law rules. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief or make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and Entrants expressly waive any and all such rights.


20. ARBITRATION: By entering the Contest, you agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute, claim, or demand related in any way to the Contest will be decided by binding arbitration. All disputes between you and The Modern Jewish Life Blogs of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of these Rules, shall be submitted to Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) for binding arbitration under its rules then in effect in the Austin, Texas, USA area, before one arbitrator to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. The parties agree to share equally in the arbitration costs incurred.


22. WINNER’S LIST: You may request a list of winners after June 13th, 2014 by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to:
The Modern Jewish Life Blogs Contest (US)
3571 Far West Blvd, PMB #120

Austin, TX 78731

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