Essay Contest In Honor Of American Jewish Heritage Month

Write about a Jewish-American who made an impact on the field of entertainment. Who do you admire and why? 

The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing is seeking essays on Jews in the entertainment industry. Choose a Jewish-American individual, living or dead, who made a significant impact in the field of television, film, music or theater. Why do you admire this person and what is the person’s lasting legacy on you or on American culture? 

The annual contest is sponsored by Fresh Ink for Teens (FIT), the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group. The contest is part of the Jewish American Heritage Month celebration in May.

Prize: $500 and inscribed Alexander Award medal

The winning essay will be published on the websites of the sponsors and made available to Jewish high school newspapers that are members of the Jewish Scholastic Press Association, a supporting group of the Alexander Award.

Essays not exceeding 500 words should be emailed by May 31 to Shira Vickar-Fox at Consideration will be given to originality, creativity and writing style.

The essays will be judged by representatives of The Jewish Week, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and the Jewish Scholastic Press Association.

All entries must include the name of the high school and the grade of the entrant. There is a limit of one entry per student. Winners will be notified by email. Staff, board members and families of The Jewish Week Media Group are not eligible.


Fresh Ink for Teens is made possible through the generosity of the Norman E. Alexander Family Foundation fund. Mr. Alexander, a businessman, philanthropist and a founder of The Jewish Week, had a special interest in educating and inspiring young people.

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has honored more than 45 individuals in all fields since its founding in 1969. Student writers can select from these subjects or choose another American who impacted the field of entertainment.Girls Shoes

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