OU Kosher Announces 4th Annual Essay Contest


ou-emblem2Building on the success and enthusiastic response to the previous contests, the Fourth Annual OU Kosher Essay Contest for grades 7-12 is now open for entries from students across North America, with the deadline for submissions being March 30, 2012. The competition is geared to intensify a deeper appreciation of kashrut on behalf of participants.

Once again the prizes will be $50 gift certificates from Eichlers.com, a leading Judaica website. Winners will have their essays published online at oukosher.org and Grand Prize winners will be invited to record their essays on OURadio.

As an indication of the national interest in the competition, winners and participants in the previous contests came from New York, California, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

According to Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at OU Kosher, the contest has engendered much enthusiasm among principals, teachers and students. “This year, for the first time” Rabbi Safran noted, “we received numerous inquiries from past participants eager to know when this year’s contest will be announced.”

Among the suggested topics in the essay contest are: “How Does Eating Kosher Enhance Your Jewish Identity?” “What Does the Kosher Symbol on the Label Mean to Me?” “I Personally Identify With Kosher because…” “I’m So Lucky That I Keep Kosher! Let Me Tell You What Happened – One time…” Essays should range from 750-1000 words.

For further information and clarification, contact Rabbi Safran at Safrane@ou.org.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}