Information share: May is Jewish American Heritage Month, writing contest for students

Writing Contest for High School Students Celebrates JAHM.

High school students are invited to compete in a writing contest to honor Jewish contributions to American culture. Prepare an essay on the topic: “Which Jewish-American Do You Most Admire?”

The winner will receive a grand prize of $180 and the runner-up will receive $100. Both winning essays will be published on, printed in The Jewish Week, and archived on the Jewish-American Hall of Fame website.

The winners’ schools will also be acknowledged, and both students will receive a Jewish-American Hall of Fame medal. Entrants may select from the list of honorees and nominees in the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, (, or can choose another living or deceased Jewish-American to write about.

Essays not exceeding 500 words should be emailed by May 13, 2013 to Shira Vickar-Fox at

Entries will be judged by The Jewish Week staff and the Jewish-American Hall of Fame director. Consideration will be given to originality, creativity and writing style.

Contest rules follow:

All entries must indicate the name of the high school and the grade of the entrant.

There is a limit one entry per student.

Winners will be notified by email.

Prizes will be sent by June 10th.

Staff, board members and families of The Jewish Week Media Group are not eligible.

All submissions become the property of Fresh Ink for Teens/Jewish Week Media Group. Fresh Ink for Teens is a project of The Jewish Week, the country’s most widely circulated Jewish newspaper. The content of is written for–and by–Jewish teens from around the world. FIT covers high school, politics, Israel, sports, culture, college preparation, Judaism, family matters and more through original articles and insightful essays. Creative writing and poetry are also welcome. Originally published as a printed supplement to The New York Jewish Week, Fresh Ink began more than 15 years ago and has won awards from the American Jewish Press Association. 

Fresh Ink for Teens is made possible through the generosity of the Norman E. Alexander Family Foundation Fund. The Jewish-American Hall of Fame was founded by Mel Wacks in 1969 at the Magnes Museum, and became a division of the American Jewish Historical Society in 2001.

Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.” 


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