Showcasing Students’ Moving Interpretations of the Holocaust


Over 200 people saw, heard and experienced local students’ powerful Holocaust-themed art at the annual Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition Awards Ceremony and Exhibition recently held at the Moore College of Art and Design. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) began sponsoring the program in 1975 to enable Philadelphia-area middle and high school students to respond to the lessons of the Holocaust and the related issues of ethnic, racial and religious intolerance through creative expression.  “Our goal is to heighten public awareness about the Holocaust, especially among youth, to honor survivors, and to promote acceptance in our society,” said Beth Razin, senior manager of community engagement.

“This year we received over 280 entries from 300 students representing a wide range of backgrounds from 30 area schools,” added Razin. “We are proud of the diverse reach of this program.”

Fifty-eight prizes were awarded to 76 students. The JCRC is grateful to the judges who graciously volunteered their time for this important initiative: Chair Dr. Maureen Pelta, Essie Abrahams-Goldberg, Penny Bernick, Ilana Blumenthal, Elaine Culbertson, Jocelyn Firth, Josey Fisher, Nina Gordon, Simone Gorko, Paulette Jellinek, Marlena Kleit, Terry LaBan, Natalie Packel, Sylvia Pelta, Adena Potok, Claire Satlof, Juliet Spitzer, Ellen Stern, Luci Stroiman and Elsa Wachs.

For more information, contact Beth Razin at 215-832-0536 or


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