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B’nai B’rith International Launches ‘None Shall Be Afraid’ Essay Contest for College-Age Students

May 24, 2022 | Ended

B'nai B'rith International invites students between the ages of 18 and 22 to present their thoughts on meaningful approaches to combat rising global antisemitism, with winners earning scholarship funds and having the opportunity to have their essays published.

B’nai B’rith International has launched the 2022 “None Shall Be Afraid” Essay Contest, with students between the ages of 18 and 22 invited to present their thoughts on meaningful approaches to combat rising global antisemitism.

Winners will earn scholarship funds and have the opportunity to have their essays published.

The contest is inspired by the August 1790 letter penned by first U.S. President George Washington to the congregants of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, in which he quoted Micha 4:4, writing, “Everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

The contest is open to:

  • Students (or those in a gap year) between the ages of 18 and 22
  • High school graduates (even if not yet 18) entering college in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023

Submissions should be under 1,000 words in length and focus on the impact of antisemitism and anti-Zionism on contemporary society, and what can be done to address the issue.

Awards:

  • 1st place: $2,500 scholarship
  • 2nd place: $1,000 scholarship
  • 3rd place: $500 scholarship

The first-place winner will also have their essay printed in the Winter 2022 edition of B’nai B’rith Magazine and published on B’nai B’rith’s website and social media platforms.

Submissions are due by Sunday, July 10th, 2022, and should be sent to [email protected].

For more information, visit: bnaibrith.org/nsba-essay-contest