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Additional Category: Tree of Life Response

In light of recent events in our community, we have added an additional category to the Waldman International award competition. We are asking students in grades 6-12 to submit a five-paragraph essay on the subject of intolerance and antisemitism in our time.

Please respond to this question: In the aftermath of the Tree of Life massacre – What do you see as the causes of hate crimes and antisemitism, and what would you do to stop these forms of hatred?

Essays should use 12 point font, 1 inch margins, and should not be longer than two pages.

Responses are due at the same time as the other competition categories. There will be one middle school and one high school awardee for this category. Responses can be submitted to this form.

About the Waldman International

The 2018-2019 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition allows students in grades 6-12 to compete for academic scholarships. Parallel competitions happen in the Pittsburgh area of the US and in the Karmiel-Misgav community in Israel. Winning artists announced in early Spring, and winning students from both countries will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by the contest organizers in Pittsburgh in May 2019.

There are three categories that students may submit to: creative writing, visual arts, or short film (high school only). In each of the three categories, high school winners will win a $500 for first prize, $250 for second prize, or $100 for third prize. Middle schoolers will win $250 for first prize, $100 for second prize, or $50 for third prize in the two eligible categories. All prizes are to be used as academic scholarships.

This year’s theme is Women and the Holocaust. Theme details and application form can be found below.

Important Dates:

  • Application opening : October 15, 2018
  • Deadline for All Entries – Jan 3, 2019, 4pm. (PLEASE NOTE: In addition to digital submissions, physical Visual Arts submissions must be brought to the Holocaust Center by this deadline) No Entries will be accepted past this date/time.
  • Winners announced: February 2019
  • Israeli winners in Pittsburgh and award ceremony: early May 2019

More About the Theme:

The Nazi regime frequently subjected women, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to brutal persecution that was sometimes unique to the gender of the victims. Certain individual camps and certain areas within concentration camps were designated specifically for female prisoners. Pregnant Jewish women and mothers of small children were often some of the first to be murdered in the gas chambers. In both camps and ghettos, women were particularly vulnerable to beatings and rape; the German army ran roughly 500 brothels for soldiers, in which women were forced to work. Pregnant Jewish women often tried to conceal their pregnancies or were forced to submit to abortions. German physicians used Jewish and Roma (Gypsy) women as subjects for sterilization experiments.

Women also played an important role in various resistance activities, especially those who were involved in Socialist, Communist, or Zionist youth movements. Other women were active in the aid and rescue operations of the Jews in German-occupied Europe.

This theme encompasses the experiences of any and all women, Jewish or non-Jewish, during the Holocaust (1933-1945). Research and proper citation will be required. A list of suggested resources can be downloaded here.

Submit Your Piece

Waldman Arts and Writing Competition: Application Process Instructions

1. Please click this link to take you to the Jewish Federation Grantmaking Portal:
2. Create a log-in and password.
3. Once you have logged in, please create a profile in the name of the teen who is applying. DO NOT create a profile in the name of the parent, as student profiles and materials are referenced by reviewers. The application is readily designed for teens to complete; however, they may require the assistance of a parent/guardian.
4. Complete the eligibility quiz: you will be asked “What grant are you applying for today?” Please make sure you click on “Waldman International Arts and Writing.” DO NOT click on any other program.
5. After completing the quiz, you should see a button that says, “View Applications,” which is located in the section entitled “Your Applications.” Please click this blue button.
6. You should see “Waldman International Arts and Writing” listed and to the right a button that says “create submission.” Clicking “create submission” will take you to the actual online scholarship application.
7. When completing your application, please make sure that you have uploaded your artistic piece before pressing the submit button.
8. If you have any questions regarding submitting your application, please feel free to reach out to Emily Bernstein, Education Outreach Associate, at or 412-421-1500 x294.

The application deadline is Thursday, January 3, 2018 at 4 pm. We look forward to receiving your submission!