More than 500 Students Participate in Art Contest Exploring the Lessons of the Holocaust

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The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition is an opportunity for 7th- through 12th-grade students from Greater Philadelphia schools to respond through creative expression to the lessons of the Holocaust and the related issues of ethnic, racial and religious intolerance.

The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council, is an opportunity for 7th- through 12th-grade students from Greater Philadelphia schools to respond through creative expression to the lessons of the Holocaust and the related issues of ethnic, racial and religious intolerance. This year’s awards ceremony was held June 6 at Moore College of Art and Design. Winning entries in music, dance and video were showcased or performed at the ceremony; additionally, winning painting and sculpture entries were shown, and a booklet featuring all winning writing entries was offered.
Holocaust survivor Samuel Pelta began the competition in 1973, and it has continued under the leadership of his daughter, art historian and Moore professor Dr. Maureen Pelta. “We encourage the students to learn about the Holocaust, think about it in the context of their daily lives and know that they can take action and make a difference,” said Dr. Pelta. “One of this year’s 8th-grade participants summed it up best at the end of her video with: ‘The future is not in our hands; it’s in our voices.’ ” For more photos of the artwork and ceremony go to flicker.com/jewishphilly. For more information on the Jewish Federation’s Holocaust programming, contact Beth Razin at 215.832.0536 or brazin@jfpg.org.

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