Dear Friends,
We invite you to participate in the First Annual Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest, coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston to commemorate the Holocaust. This annual contest will ask students to consider a Holocaust-related theme and respond thoughtfully in an essay form. The contest will honor President of the American Association of Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston Israel Arbeiter, a Holocaust survivor and community advocate who has worked tirelessly to commemorate and educate others about the Holocaust.

The purpose of this essay contest is:

To continue a living legacy of Holocaust memory
To involve the next generations in Holocaust memory
To honor Holocaust Survivors, the memory of Holocaust victims, and the memory of the Holocaust
To promote awareness of Holocaust Commemoration activities in the Greater Boston Area.
This year’s contest will ask students to consider how we choose to remember the past and commemorate the Holocaust. Students are asked to respond to the topic below:

All over the world, different communities find ways to remember the Holocaust by building memorials. Today, the New England Holocaust Memorial near Faneuil Hall teaches thousands of people about the Holocaust and helps the Boston community remember. Imagine that you are in charge of designing a Holocaust Memorial in Boston. Describe your design. Where would you put this Memorial? What do you hope people will learn from the memorial you design?

We hope to receive at least 100 essays from students in grades 6-12 in our first annual contest, which will run from January through April 2007. Winning essay entrants will be selected in two categories- grades 6-8 and 9-12. The top two essay entries in each category will be presented with awards and substantial prizes.

Please pass this information on to the appropriate people at your organization and encourage them to have their students participate in this contest.
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Essay Contest Guidelines
Essays should be between 500-750 words, double spaced and should include the following information:

Name
Contact email and phone number
Address
Name of school and instructor
Entries may be submitted in hard copy by mail or online.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007.

You may email submissions to Deborah Donig. Please use “Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest” as the subject line of the email.

Please mail paper submissions to:

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Attn: Deborah Donig
126 High Street
Boston, MA 02114

Winning entries will be published online and may be used in other publications. As we are unable to return essays, please do not send us original copies.

For more information, please email me at ddonig@jcrcboston.org . You may also reach me by phone by calling (617) 457-8652.

Best,

Deborah Donig
Essay Contest Coordinator
The Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest