Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Creative Writing Award

Jeffrey Weisberg (z’l) 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 (z’l) and Harvey (z’l) Weisberg, established this award to honor his memory.

Writing Prompts:
Grades 3-5: ($100 prize, 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.
Being Jewish is a lot like participating in a sport. We have rules. We practice. We work together and we work alone. All of these things make us better and stronger. How does being a Jew make you a better and stronger person?

Grades 6-8: ($200 prize, 2 winners). Essays must be 250-500 words, 12 point font, double spaced.  All creative writing may be in original format.
Throughout history, people claim: “It’s tough being a Jew!” Is it?  Often, the things that are the toughest make us stronger. What do you find challenging about being Jewish; what do you feel are the rewards for this challenge, and how does living Jewishly make you a stronger person?

Grades 9-12: ($1,000 prize, 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.
Time and again people claim: “it’s tough being a Jew.” These words have rung true throughout our history – from our biblical ancestors to the Holocaust. Lately, we have witnessed blatant anti-Semitism right in our own backyards, with vandalized graveyards, bomb threats at JCCs, and swastikas painted on homes. Have you been a victim of or a witness to anti-Semitism? How has the current climate of antisemitism affected your commitment to being a Jew, and what do you think the Jewish people’s response should be anti-Semitism?

All essays must be e-mailed to Leah Gawel at lgawel@shaareyzedek.org by Wednesday, May 17, 2017.





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