10th annual israel arbeiter holocaust essay contest

From Holocaust to New Life: How Will We Remember

The 10th Annual Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest is a tribute to Israel “Izzy” Arbeiter, a Holocaust survivor and lifelong rights activist who lost several family members in the Holocaust. He is a past president of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston.

Students grade 6-12 in Greater Boston are invited to write a 400–800 word essay on the following topic. Essays will be judged on originality, knowledge, style and depth. 

“Our commitment to remember implies not only Remembrance, but also a warning that such tragedies must never happen again. The memory of the Holocaust must become part of the human conscience for all time, beyond sorrow, suffering, and death. May a new love of humanity be born out of the horrors that we have known. We pray and hope that remembrances like this will take root and continue on in the future, and with future generations, and for a world blessed with peace, understanding, and goodwill to all humankind.”

– Israel Arbeiter, Holocaust Survivor


Winners will be honored at Boston’s community Holocaust Commemoration, Yom HaShoah, on May 1, 2016. Winners will
also receive a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

Students may also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to participate in the teen heritage March of the Living (MOTL) trip to
Poland and Israel. The scholarship is made possible due to the generosity of the Kempner Family Foundation.

The winning student’s teacher will receive a scholarship to attend one of the summer Holocaust and Human Behavior
seminars facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves.

Rules for Entry

Please submit essay along with name, address, phone number, email, birthdate, school, and grade to: Ellen Kaye at , or mail to JCRC, 126 High St, Boston, MA 02110. For resource suggestions and helpful articles, please visit: and

Deadline: March 25, 2015

Coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Facing History and Ourselves, the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston, and many generous donors.