Yom Hashoah Scholarship Essay

  In honor and loving memory of Ida S. Kramer (1926-2015) who has been the voice of Holocaust education for Quad City schools, civic groups, and the community at large for over 30 years, the Quad Cities Yom Hashoah Committee sponsors the annual Ida S. Kramer Essay Contest for Quad City area (Illinois and Iowa) students in grades 7-12.  Thousands of school children and educators have heard Ida speak about the rise of Nazi Germany, the discrimination and concentration of Jews in ghettos and camps, their eventual murder by an efficient killing machine and the willingness of citizenry to stand by and let it happen. Because there are important lessons to be learned, may we never forget.

Theme: Children and the Holocaust
Guidelines:Yom Hashoah Essay Contest entry form-1
The title of the essay may be original and may be on the first page of the essay or on a separate cover sheet.
Deadline: Feb. 1 (annually)

1. Each contestant is limited to one essay per year.
2. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place essays:  $500 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.
3. The sponsoring teachers of the essay winners will receive a gift card to support classroom needs:  $100 for 1st place, $50 each for 2nd and 3rd
4. The first place winner will be invited to read his/her essay at the annual Yom HaShoah.

How to Submit:
Mail completed entries to Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, 2715 30th St., Rock Island, IL, 61201, OR submit electronically as an email attachment to aross@jfqc.org with “Yom HaShoah Essay” as the subject line.

2017 Essay Winners:
1st Place: Grace Hipple, Davenport Central High School (12th grade), “Fighting for Freedom: Simone Segouin’s Brave Resistance to Nazi Persecution” 2017 Grace Hipple Essay
2nd Place: Noor Ain, Davenport Central High School (10th grade),” Marion-The Lady Who Inspired Me”
3rd Place: Amen Gabre, Scattergood Friend’s School (12th grade),” Living Memory: The Holocaust’s History and Ethiopia’s Future” (Marion Blumenthal)

2016 Essay Winners:
1st Place: Sam Rothbardt, Pleasant Valley Junior High (8th grade), “Greatest Respect for Humankind” (the story of Yanek Gruener) 2016 Sam Rothbardt Essay
2nd Place: Jessica Cahoon, Clinton Middle School (8th grade), “The Life of Hana Brady”
3rd Place: Iryna Komarova, Rock Island High School (11th grade), “Irving Roth’s Struggle for Existence”

2015 Essay Winners:
1st Place: Allison Stutting, “Forgiveness is the the Seed of Peace: Eva Kor’s Journey in Abolishing Hate”  2015 Allison Stutting Essay
2nd Place: Kwamena Addo Nhyria Hammond
3rd Place: Stephanie Black

2014 Essay Winner: Alex Bare, North Scott High School (11th grade), “I Wasn’t Even Eighteen:” Pierre Seel’s Holocaust as a “175er”2014 Alex Bare Essay

2013 Essay Winner: Rachel Cupp, Edison Junior High School (8th grade), “Children and the Holocaust”  2013 Rachel Cupp Essay

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Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County in cooperation with Lehrhaus Judaica presents Sonoma County’s Annual Community-wide
Yom Hashoah Commemoration

When: Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: The Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa

Every year on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) communities around the world hold ceremonies in memory of those who died and to ensure that this genocide, in which six million Jews were killed, is not forgotten and not repeated.

For survivors, victims, and their families, the experience of the Holocaust is deeply rooted in personal memories. However, as the number of survivors dwindles and time passes, the lessons of the Holocaust must be transmitted to our collective memory so that it will never be forgotten. Students today will be the last to experience personal accounts of those who survived the Holocaust.

The featured speaker is Fred Rosenbaum, founder of Lehrhaus Judaica and author of two volumes on the ghettos of the Holocaust. This year’s program is inspired by Rywka’s Diary, The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto, first published by Jewish Family and Children’s Services in partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica. The program will also include the traditional candle-lighting ritual by survivors and descendants, presentation of the essay contest winners, and musical presentations.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Yellow Memorial Candles will be available to attendees for lighting at home (donations gratefully accepted), The event will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Co-sponsored by Sonoma County Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Lehrhaus Judaica; the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide at Sonoma State University (SSU); Chevra Kadisha of Sonoma County (Jewish Burial Society); the North Bay Chapter of Hadassah; Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; and Sonoma County synagogues.

Please see the attachment of the Memorial Book form for members to fill out (click here), if they have lost loved ones in the Shoah.  These forms need to be sent back to Gesher Calmenson (gesherc@sonic.net or JCC office office@jccsoco.org) ASAP.  They can also be sent via mail to: Jewish Community Center, 1301 Farmers Lane, Suite 103, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.


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