Jeffrey Weisberg Memorial Creative Writing Award for Students

Jeffrey Weisberg Memorial Creative Writing Award

Jeffrey Weisberg was a published poet and the winner of the University of Michigan Hopwood Award for his poems.  He encouraged young people to write and was involved at Shaarey Zedek with teaching youth about a commitment to the heritage of the Jewish people. His parents, Lucille and Harvey Weisberg (z’l), established this award to honor his memory.

All essays must be e-mailed to: rabbidahlen@shaareyzedek.org by: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Students in 3-5th grade: $100 (2 winners) Essays must be at least 150 words, 12 point font and double spaced.  All creative writing pieces may be submitted in original format. 

Prompt: Judaism has a deep connection to ritual. We pray in a special way, we light candles in a special way, we even eat bread in a special way. What Jewish ritual or tradition is most meaningful to you, and what makes it so meaningful?

Students in 6-8th grade: $200 (2 winners) Essays must be 250-500 words, 12 point font, double spaced. All creative writing may be in original format. 

Prompt: At its core, Judaism is about community. Our laws, our prayer, and our lifecycle events often require the coming together of family, friends, and neighbors. In what ways does Judaism connect you to people other than yourself? What communal aspects of Judaism are most meaningful to you?

Students in 9-12th grade: $1,000 (2 winners) Essays must be 500-750 words, 12 point font, double spaced. All creative writing pieces may be submitted in original format.  Creative writing pieces MUST include a paragraph accompaniment that explains how the piece addresses the prompt and explains the process you went through in designing your text. 

Prompt: For centuries, philosophers and theologians have argued about the continuation of revelation (God revealing God’s self in the world). Some argue that this ended with Torah, others argue that it ended with the prophets, and still others argue that we can still see God’s revelation in our own day and age. What do you think? Do we see revelation today? How does its presence or absence impact our world?

Questions? Contact Rabbi Yonatan Dahlen at rabbidahlen@shaareyzedek.org or 248.357.5544 ext. 30.

Update June 19, 2018:
Congratulations to our winners!
Caleb Starr $100
Benny Lerner – $200
Ryan Giles – $200
Robert Victor – $1000
Estee Moss – $1000





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