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Holocaust memorial contest offered to local students

YOUNGSTOWN — The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is inviting students in grades 7-12 in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and Western Pennsylvania, to enter its annual Holocaust Writing, Art, and Multi-Media contest, a project held in conjunction with Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day). To be commemorated this academic year on Thursday, April 8, Yom Hashoah is an internationally recognized day set aside for remembering all victims of the Holocaust and for reminding society of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred, and indifference reign.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Torn From Home,” a reflection on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call “home” is part of the trauma faced by victims of genocide and persecution, and the difficulties survivors face as they try to find new homes and build new lives.

The deadline is Friday, March 26. Although submissions may be mailed, students are strongly encouraged to submit all entries electronically. Writing, art, and media entries may be sent to the Jewish Community Relations Council, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, Ohio 44504-1314, or e-mailed to nsentelik@jewishyoungstown.org. Presentation of contest awards will be made during a virtual Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration Ceremony on April 8. Winners and their teachers will be contacted in advance of the event with details on the time and parameters for participation.

For details about the writing contest, contact the Jewish Community Relations Council at 330-746-3250, ext.108.

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