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Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition Award Ceremony

Wednesday, May 1, 7pm
Rodef Shalom’s Levy Hall
4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Free and open to the public


The Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition allows students in grades 6-12 to submit original art and compete for academic scholarships. Participants come from across Allegheny County, and our partner region in Israel, Karmiel-Misgav.

This year’s Pittsburgh competition also featured an extra category, an essay response to the prompt: “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?”.

Please join us as we honor this year’s winning students.

During the ceremony, we will also be honoring the 2018-2019 Holocaust Educator of the Year.

Winning Students (Allegheny County):

Visual Arts

High School

1st: Megan Rzeszotarski, Springdale Sr. HS, 12th grade

2nd: Jaden Domaratz, Springdale Sr. HS, 12th grade

3rd: Tylar Rafail, Springdale Sr. HS, 10th grade


Middle School

1st: Grace Gent, Springfield Jr. HS, 8th grade


Creative Writing

High School

1st: John Stanton, Shaler Area HS, 12th grade

2nd: Kody Oravitz, Trinity High School, 12th grade

3rd: Chaya Rosenfeld, Yeshiva Girls School, 9th grade


Middle School

1st: Ava Biagi, Springdale Jr. HS, 7th grade

2nd: Bella Burrell, Springdale Jr. HS, 8th grade

3rd: Alana Rudolf, Springdale Jr. HS, 8th grade


Waldman Additional Essay

High School

Winner: Alexandra Friedlander, Winchester Thurston, 11th grade

Honorable Mention: Mendel Hoexter, Yeshiva Boys School, 10th grade

Honorable Mention: Kelly Pare, Shaler Area High School, 11th grade


Middle School

Winner: Akiva Nadoff, Yehiva Boys School, 8th grade

Honorable Mention: Leibel Hoexter, Yeshiva Boys School, 7th grade

Honorable Mention: Shneur Weinstein, Yeshiva Boys School, 7th grade


The Waldman Award Ceremony is part of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s 2019 Week of Remembrance.

We are now accepting sponsorships for the Week of Remembrance. Please contact Tanya Bielski-Braham at or 412-939-7293 for details.