What are NFTY Competitions?

Every two years NFTY challenges its members to explore their creative outlets within a Jewish context through NFTY Competitions. In our ranks, we have painters, photographers, scholars, sculptors, orators and musicians. NFTY Competitions gives Reform Jewish teens an opportunity to bring our Jewish values and teachings to life through art. NFTY Competitions will conclude at NFTY Convention in Los Angeles, CA with the announcement of the winners.

There are some amazing prizes this year! Check out just a few of them:

  • $1,000 cash and FREE NFTY Convention registration (WRJ Centennial Essay Contest)
  • $1,000 scholarship to the art major at Kutz and your art featured in Reform Judaism Magazine! (Visual Art Competition)
  • $5,000 scholarship to any NFTY program or URJ camp. (Wendy Blickstein Memorial D'var Torah Competition)
  • And much more!
Competition Categories

There are a variety of categories for you to showcase your individual talents. Look through the different categories to learn more about the individual requirements of each and decide which ones you may enter! This year, NFTY is proud to offer competitions in five creative mediums:

How do I enter?

Each competition category has specific instructions for entry. Take a minute to visit the individual competition pages and learn more about the various entry requirements and deadlines. When you're ready, submit your entry. Good luck!

Finalists & Winners

NFTY will select up to five finalists in each competition area and invite the finalists (at their own expense) to attend NFTY Convention 2013, at which the final competition will be held. With the exception of the WRJ Centennial Essay Finalist, finalists DO NOT need to attend NFTY Convention in order to win. Finalists for the Song Competition will have individual consultations with Max Chaiken and Deb Winter, NFTY Convention Music Directors, in order to polish their songs and prepare them for the performance.

One winner will be selected in each competition area and be announced on Monday evening of NFTY Convention. Winners of all competitions will receive recognition and coverage in Ani v’Atah (the NFTY newsletter), NFTY’s website, and other Reform Jewish publications. Each category also comes with some specific prizes:

  • The entrants of the Anslem Rothschild Memorial Song competition may have their songs featured on the future Ruach CDs and The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship (non-transferrable) to the songleading major at Kutz.
  • The winner of the Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah Competition will receive a $5,000 scholarship, which can be applied to the cost of any NFTY North American or NFTY Regional program, NFTY Summer Travel Program, or URJ Camp that the winner of the competition chooses to attend. The scholarship is not transferable.
  • The winner of the WRJ Centennial Essay Competition will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and FREE registration to attend the NFTY Convention 2013.
  • The winner of the NFTY Celebrates Israel at 65 Logo Competition will have their logo used during the 2013-2014 academic year on NFTY marketing materials and merchandise provided to participants in NFTY in Israel programs during that year and the winner will have their choice of either a $500 scholarship for a NFTY Israel program or a priority spot on a Birthright trip.
  • The winner of the Visual Art Competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship (non-transferrable) to the art major at Kutz and their art featured in Reform Judaism Magazine!
What Should I Create?

All entries into the 2013 NFTY Competitions are encouraged to reflect the following concept:

It is logical that when benefiting from something in this world we should acknowledge where it comes from , say a blessing! (Berachot 35a)

Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As is stated (Psalms 119:99): "From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials are my meditation." Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. As is stated (Proverbs 16:32), "Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city." Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot. As is stated (Psalms 128:2): "If you eat of toil of your hands, fortunate are you, and good is to you"; "fortunate are you" in this world, "and good is to you" in the World to Come. Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows. As is stated (I Samuel2:30): "For to those who honor me, I accord honor; those who scorn me shall be demeaned." (Pirkei Avot 4:1)

We look forward to seeing your different artistic interpretations of the fundamental concept of influence!

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