The Jewish HERoes Film Competition encourages people to create short videos that highlight the contributions of Jewish women. The piece can be personal, historical, or even feature a Jewish woman who shows promise to become an inspirational HERo of the next generation! Cash prizes and screening of the winning film will take place on Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

How is a film competition relevant to a rabbi or Jewish educator?

People can connect to Judaism through many different means. Some people will better connect with our heritage if they find a figure that is a real “hero” to them in their daily life. Others, will find meaning in reading and researching about the wife of a famous rabbi or even their own Jewish grandmother! By alerting your students to this project, they may choose to highlight you, a local rebbetzin, or some great teacher that they met in Israel.

This contest is a great opportunity to allow your students to use their “creative Jewish juices” by spending their time filming a meaningful short film, and by extension, solidifying their Jewish pride along the way. If you work with teens, young adults, or on a college campus, you may find that your students will thank you for alerting them to this competition. After all, it is something that they can use to enhance their resume—and who can forget the cash prize!

The fact that it is a film competition also means that you will be able to engage students in a non-confrontational manner and offer to learn and research with them to help make their film that much more enriching to view.  In short, this is a great competition to be aware of, as the right person can use The Jewish HERoes Film Competition as an opportunity to connect with great Jewish women of our past, present, and future!

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