5th Annual Essay Competition

Indiana University Hillel: Short Essay Competition
“What does it mean to me, to be Jewish?”

Feel free to use personal experiences or stories of people in your life who have influenced your view of what Judaism means to you.

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM

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

Purpose: To encourage Jewish students at Indiana University to reflect, process and express “What does it mean to me, to be Jewish” in a short essay.

Eligibility: Any current Jewish Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate student.

Deadline: Papers must be e-mailed in MS Word or pdf to philsilb@indiana.edu by 11:59PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Please include in subject line of the email: “IU Hillel Essay – What does it mean to me to be Jewish”.

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Essay Competition Rules:

  • The paper must be written on “What does it mean to you to be Jewish”
  • The paper cannot have been submitted in a previous competition or as a part of a previous academic requirement
  • The paper must be the work of a single author
  • The paper must be written in English
  • The paper must be typed, double-spaced, with footnotes wherever applicable, and should be a minimum 500 words
  • The paper should be in MS Word format
  • The student’s name should only appear on a “cover” sheet that should also include the student’s ID number, local and permanent home addresses, IU email address, telephone number, and the title of the paper. This information is to appear ONLY on the cover sheet in order to keep the author’s identity anonymous. Papers will be numbered for judging purposes. The student’s name should NOT appear in the file’s name.
  • The title of the paper should also appear at the top of page 1 of the paper
  • Among the criteria considered significant will be clarity, focus and development of the subject or problem, quality of evidence, use of sources, and originality

Deadline: Papers must be e-mailed in MS Word or pdf to philsilb@indiana.edu by 11:59PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Please include in subject line of the email: “IU Hillel Essay – What does it mean to me to be Jewish”.

If you have questions, email Phillip Silberberg at philsilb@indiana.edu