NFTY Competition Winners Announced

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! At tonight’s plenary session, we announced the winners of a few competitions. Check our their work and give them a “mazel tov!” in the comments, if you’re so inclined.

ElizabethLeviElizabeth Levi is the winner of the Women of Reform Judaism’s Centennial Essay Competition with her essay “A Man’s World Ain’t Nothin’ Without a Woman or a Girl.” WRJ established this contest in honor of their Centennial celebration, asking teens to write about the influence of women’s leadership in Reform congregations. Elizabeth is a member of NFTY Southern Area Region and Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in Charleston, SC. She will receive $1,000 cash and free NFTY Convention registration.

JacobJacob Price won the Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah Competition with his d’var “Remember Who You Stand For” on this week’s Torah portion, T’tzaveh. The competition was established in memory of Wendy Blickstein, a former member of NFTY’s Mid-Atlantic Region whose years were cut far too short because of cancer. In her memory, the Blickstein family established this competition for aspiring teen writers to share their words of Torah with our NFTY Convention community and beyond. Jacob is from NFTY Ohio Valley and Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati. He will receive a $5,000 scholarship to any NFTY program or URJ camp.

Carly Zenker won the Israel at 65 Logo Design Competition, which asked teens to submit a graphic that represents NFTY’s support of Israel in honor of her 65th Birthday in 2013. She will receive her choice of either a $500 scholarship for a NFTY Israel program or a priority spot on a Birthright trip – and NFTY and NFTY in Israel will use her logo, pictures below, in marketing and promotions over the next year. Carly is from NFTY Central West Region and Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA.

Israel Logo

Lilly Karsh-Lombardo won the NFTY Visual Art Competition, created because NFTY recognizes that we all express ourselves in different ways – some use words, some use music, others use art. This contest celebrates those who see the world with artists’ eyes, whether using photography, drawing, painting or sculpture. Lilly is from NFTY Missouri Valley and Congregation Har Hashem in Boulder, CO. For her winning piece, titled “O’te Or Ka’salma (Who Dons Light As a Garment),” she will receieve a $1,000 scholarship to the art major at Kutz.

Art Competition

celia - song winnerCelia Tedde from NFTY Southern California Region won the Anselm Rothschild Memorial Song Competition with her submission, “Can You Hear My Voice- Sh’ma.”  Celia commented about her piece, “This piece is based on the traditional Sh’ma and is meant to include everyone in the world.” NFTY Convention participants were honored to have Celia perform her winning song at NFTY Convention. For winning the competition, Celia will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the songleading major at Kutz and entry of her song in the Ruach CD selection process.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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