Frequently Asked Questions


When are the essay topics posted?

New essay topics are posted in late September or early October each year.

Who is eligible to enter the contest?

Level I is open to students in grades 7, 8, and 9. Level II is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Any school, anywhere in the world.

Do you have to be Jewish to enter the contest?


Can international students enter the contest?

Yes. Enter using the same online submission as all applicants.

How and when are essay finalists notified?

Essay finalists are notified by mail by May 31.

Do you publish the winning essays?

No. We want every contestant to think about the question from a fresh perspective and not be influenced by previous winners.

Can I suggest essay topics for upcoming contests?


Yes. The Foundation welcomes your comments and suggestions! Please contact us.