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Published on May 10th, 2017 | by WMJledger


Youth Essay & Art Awards Given at Yom Hashoah Service

Larry Cann with Daniel Goldhagen.

WORCESTER – Around 250 people attended the Central Massachusetts Yom Hashoah Memorial service this year, held at Temple Emanuel Sinai on the evening of April 23.

The guest speaker was Daniel Goldhagen, author of Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and The Holocaust and A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair.

This was the 10th anniversary of the Pinkhus & Rhoda Gurevicz Yom HaShoah Essay & Art Challenge, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. and Larry and Sherry Cann.

Every year the mission of the youths participating in the writing and artistic challenge is to research a topic related to the Holocaust and write a thoughtful original essay, poem or create a work of art. The focus of this year’s challenge was Moshe Kraus, who saved between 40,000 and 100,000 Jews in Budapest during the Shoah.

“This is the 10th year of the Challenge and over 400 students have participated from every shul in Central Mass. with art, music, plays, essays and dance. Second graders who participated are now graduating from high school,” Larry Cann said. “Though a sad period, young people need to know their entire history and continue to listen to the prayers of those we lost, to be remembered and to know what they endured…it is our joy to see the wonderful work our youth create.”



Senior Essay/Poetry

First prize – Jacob Boatright – Congregation Beth Israel
Second prize – Adam Goodman – Beth Tikvah Religious School


Senior Art

First prize – Leah Silverstein – Worcester Community Hebrew High School
Second prize – Sarah Schnee – Worcester Community Hebrew High School
Third prize – Julia Witmyer – Worcester Community Hebrew High School


Junior Essay/Poetry

First prize – Dan Allexenberg – Beth Tikvah Religious School
Second prize – Ben Dubrovsky – Beth Tikvah Religious School
Third prize – Taylor Fredman – Beth Tikvah Religious School


Junior Art

First prize – Rebecca Siegel – Temple Emanuel Sinai
Second prize – Andrew Weiner – Beth Tikvah Religious School


Additional Participants

Jordan Chastanet – Beth Tikvah Religious School
Teddy Amsden – Beth Tikvah Religious School
Sydney Moore – Temple Emanuel Sinai
Sam London – Beth Tikvah Religious School
Ashley Hayes – Worcester Community Hebrew High School
Julianna Cushner – Worcester Community Hebrew High School
Maggie Zecker – Worcester Community Hebrew High School


Cap: Leah Silverstein, First Prize winner of the Senior Art challenge with her parents, Judy and Lee Silverstein.

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