Write an essay or action plan proposing how the heroic example of Jewish leaders can educateand inspire people to stand up against anti-Semitism.
Natan Sharansky spent years in a Soviet jail, persecuted as a “refusnik” for his desire to emigrate to Israel. When he was finally freed, he visited the US and announced a massive rally for persecuted Soviet Jewry… in the middle of winter. Despite widespread skepticism, Sharansky organized the largest gathering in American Jewish history on the Washington Mall. More recently, Sharansky has been sounding the alarm about the anti-Semitic nature of anti-Israel attacks, identifying the 3D test of anti-Semitism.
Write an essay or action plan (up to 1,000 words) that applies lessons from the example outstanding Jewish leaders (like but not limited to Natan Sharansky) to educate and inspire people to act against today’s anti-Semitism challenge. Outstanding entries will explore the power of a leader’s example, the values underlying their approach, and how they took enormous risks in order to achieve success.
The winning entry will receive $5,000 with 10 additional runner-up prizes of $1,000. The award will be delivered by Mr. Sharansky.
Outstanding entries will be published by JNS and Tikvah, the award’s co-sponsors.