Ahead of the start of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) co-sponsored the “Keep Calm and Break Bread” event last Thursday in New York City.
The goal of the gathering — organized by Connect Culture NYC and held at the Moise Safra Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — was to provide an opportunity for New York City youth to learn about Jewish culture and traditions, teach them the process of making challah bread from scratch, and create a fun and engaging activity that promoted teamwork and collaboration.
Speakers included Moise Safra Center’s Executive Director David Miller, Jewish activist and influencer Lizzy Savetsky, Connect Culture NYC Executive Director Tamara Ivey, and CAM Project Manager Jenn Gipson.
Miller shared information on Jewish faith and history and Savetsky spoke to the importance of combating contemporary antisemitism.
At the event, CAM officially announced the launch of a JAHM creative contest, open to Connect Culture NYC’s spring 2023 cohort of high school students. Participants will submit essays, poems, or short videos responding to a prompt about Jewish American heritage.
Winners will be selected through a combination of peer voting and an evaluation by a panel of judges. The 20 chosen winners will be awarded an exciting opportunity to join a trip to Israel this summer.
The contest’s submission deadline is May 20.
For more information on the contest, please visit: jahm.combatantisemitism.org/nyc