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Students may enter the American Jewish Committee Israel@60 Creative Festival in several ways:
  • Words – an essay or poem
  • A work of visual art
  • Music

Among the many topics which you may wish to explore are memories of, or the impact from, a trip to Israel, the symbolism of a Jewish State for the world and for Jews, Israelis who are significant to you (these might be relatives, people you know or have heard about), Israeli literature, discoveries by Israeli scientists or inventions from Israel. Whatever the specific subject matter, the entry should address the important question, “What does Israel mean to me?"

Essays may be between 250 - 1000 words. Poems may be shorter. All should be typed, double-spaced. Written entries may be submitted by email to or sent to the American Jewish Committee, 30 South 15th Street, Suite 801, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Artwork can be created in any medium that can be mailed to our offices. If you are doing computer artwork, you can send it as an email attachment. Submissions will be returned upon the entrant’s request.

Music should be no longer than three minutes and submitted on a CD, DVD or as an .mp3 email attachment file.

  • All entries will be judged by a panel of local and national experts, based on how well the entry tells its story.
  • The judges’ decisions will be final.
  • Evaluations of essays and poetry will consider clarity and overall quality.
  • Personal vision, effectiveness and thoughtful use of the media will be considered for visual art.
  • For music, judges will consider how effectively it conveys a sense of, or connection to, Israel, her land and/or her people.
The deadline for submissions is March 14, 2008.

All entries will be displayed at our Israel@60 gala celebration on May 13, 2008.

Winners, their families and teachers will be given special recognition.

To complete your entry, please download and mail in the Cover Sheet and Consent Form.

For questions or more information, please contact Rebecca Karp, AJC Assistant Director, at 215.665.2300 or

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