Above: A few of our reader’s picks for the Best of Jewish Atlanta include Sammy Rosenbaum, Arthur Blank, Rusty Paul, Holly Firfer, Liane Levetan, Sam Olens and Sandra Bank.

We didn’t know what to expect when we rolled out the 2016 Best of Jewish Atlanta reader survey. We struggled not only to select nominees, but also to pick the categories.

With more than 870 ballots cast and with genuine excitement from some of the winners, it’s safe to say that plenty of our readers had fun with the survey, as we intended. So we’ll do it again next year, albeit with some tweaks. We welcome any comments and ideas; just email Editor Michael Jacobs at mjacobs@atljewishtimes.com.

Because this was a highly unscientific survey conducted mainly for fun, we’re publishing only the winners, not the full results. But we can say that the most competitive categories — 10 or fewer votes separating first from second or even third — were the coffee shops, the kosher caterers, the local and regional affiliates of national Jewish nonprofit groups, the Jewish-owned nonkosher restaurants, the public high schools, and the non-Jewish private schools. The most popular category was the best musician or band, for which more than 630 of you cast ballots. As far as overall vote-getters, two nominees stood out: kosher restaurant winner FuegoMundo with 232 and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival with 229. Sammy Rosenbaum (musician or band) and Goldbergs (bagel) were the only other winners to top 200 votes.

Remember, nothing about this survey is objective, and the fact that your fellow Jewish Atlantans didn’t vote for your choice in a particular category doesn’t mean that your preference isn’t best for you. It’s just a little friendly competition. Click on the categories below to see the winners.

Bagel Jewish-Owned Nonkosher Restaurant
Kosher Restaurant  Kosher Grocery
Kosher Treats Kosher Caterer
Simcha Venue Coffee Shop
Media Personality Judge
Elected Official (current) Elected Official (former)
Sports Owner/Exec/Coach Festival
Musician or Band Local/Regional Affiliate of National Nonprofit
Local Nonprofit Sleepaway Camp
Neighborhood Day School
Public High School Non-Jewish Private School