Calling all creative kids. If you have a way with words or an aptitude for art, you can use your unique talents by entering the first annual Jews for Judaism Jewish Students' Creative Writing & Art Contest.
Working with the theme "I Love Judaism," future scribes and artists can express their feelings about their young Jewish lives by writing original poems, songs or short stories or creating a piece of artwork. The competition, which is divided into three age groups, is open to Southern California Jews in first through 12th grade.
The contest is sponsored by Jews for Judaism, an international organization that provides a wide variety of counseling services, along with education and outreach programs, that enable Jews of all ages to rediscover and strengthen their Jewish heritage. The group is also the Jewish community's leading response to the multimillion-dollar efforts of cults and Evangelical Christians who target Jews for conversion.
"We wanted a proactive approach toward keeping Jewish kids involved in Judaism," said Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, Los Angeles director of Jews for Judaism. "In addition to being a responsive program -- most of what [the organization] does is reactive -- we want to emphasize that Judaism needs to be proactive and fun."
A team of professional writers and artists will select nine contest winners who will be awarded prizes.
For more information or to enter the contest, visit www.jewsforjudaism.org or call (310) 556-3344. The entry deadline is Dec. 31.