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2014 Annual Yom Hashoah V’Hagvura

Cleveland Commemoration of the Holocaust & Heroism

Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 2 p.m. | B'nai Jeshurun Congregation | 27501 Fairmount Blvd

Cash Prizes!

Remember the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust (1939 – 1945) and honor survivors, liberators and rescuers. As we remember and honor, we look to the future and strive to build a world where such horrors will never happen again.

  • Contest for creative writing and visual arts
  • Winners and their schools will be recognized at the program
  • Cash prizes totaling $2,500 will be awarded
  • Works will be judged on interpretation of theme, originality and technique.
  • Deadline for entries is February 17, 2014

The Yom Hashoah Creative Arts Contest and the annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration are sponsored by the Kol Israel Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Download the entry form →



All students in grades 6 – 12 in Northeastern Ohio schools are welcome to participate.


I: Grades 6 – 8

II: Grades 9 – 12


Monday, February 17, 2014


All works will be judged on interpretation of theme, originality, and technique.


Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for creative writing and visual arts in both divisions.

Division 1 (Grades 6-8):

Creative Writing

First Place: $250
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50

Visual Arts

First Place: $250
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50

Division 2 (Grades 9-12):

Creative Writing

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

Visual Arts

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100


Creative Writing

  • Original work of prose or poetry
  • Must have a title
  • 500 words maximum in Word document only (not as a PDF; sending the entry form as a PDF is permissible)
  • Must be double-spaced in 12-point font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Helvetica, Courier, or Arial)
  • Work must be emailed to

Visual Arts

  • Original finished drawing, painting, rendering or sculpture
  • Graphic novel comic encouraged
  • Must have a title
  • Two-dimensional works may not exceed 24 x 24 inches
  • Three-dimensional works may not exceed combined total (height + width + depth) of 60 inches, nor exceed
  • weight of 20 pounds
  • Use of swastikas and images of Hitler are prohibited
  • Must submit original production
  • Work must be delivered to Jewish Federation of Cleveland and be easily transported and moved

Works will be juried. Awards may not be given in each category. Original works will not be returned unless special arrangements are made. Only one entry per student will be accepted. No group projects. Entries that are incomplete, submitted after the deadline, or do not comply with contest guidelines will be disqualified. All submissions must be accompanied by an entry form.


This year’s Creative Arts theme is

Memory of the Holocaust:
A Child’s Perspective.”

This theme reflects the work of guest speaker Miriam Katin, graphic novelist.

Use this idea as an inspiration for your creative arts project. Some questions you might want to ask are:

What would it be like to be a small child during the Holocaust?
What might you recall?
What might you have heard secondhand?

2011 Winner

For questions, e-mail

Program is coordinated by the Kol Israel Foundation, Kol Israel Generations and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Co-sponsored by area agencies, organizations, congregations and individuals

Deadline: February 17, 2014.

Email creative writing entries to

Bring visual arts entries to:

Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Mandel Building
25701 Science Park Drive
Cleveland, OH 44122
Phone: 216.593.2834