WORCESTER – Raoul Wallenberg, the righteous gentile who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazi death camps during World War II, is the topic for this year’s Pinkhus & Rhoda Girvich Awards, given to the winners of the 12th Annual Yom Hashoah Essay & Art Challenge.
The contest is for students in grades 6 through 12.
Entrants must research Wallenberg and write thoughtful, original prose or create a work of art – painting, 3-dimensional, music or other performing art.
The deadline for entries is Thursday, April 18. The awards will be presented at the Holocaust Memorial service on May 1 at 6 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester.
Winners in both the senior (grades 8-12) and junior (grades 6-7) groups will win cash prizes in both the essay and art categories. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.
The contest is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central Mass., with the leadership of Sherry and Larry Cann.
Entrants are asked to write their name, address, phone number, school name and teacher’s name on the back of their work and to send entries to the Jewish Federation of Central Mass., c/o Larry Cann/Essay Challenge, 633 Salisbury St., Worcester MA 01609.