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 be highlighted at NFTY Convention in Atlanta, GA.

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

  • $1,000 scholarship to any Mitzvah Corps summer program (Social Justice Competition) 
  • $1,000 scholarship to the art major at Kutz and your art featured in the 5776 WRJ Art Calendar! (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 2015, at which the final competition will be held. Finalists DO NOT need to attend NFTY Convention in order to win. Finalists for the Song Competition will have individual consultations with the NFTY Convention Music Director, in order to polish their songs and prepare them for the performance.

One winner will be selected in each competition area and be announced prior to NFTY Convention. Winners of all competitions will receive recognition during NFTY Convention 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 Visual Art Competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship (non-transferrable) to the art major at Kutz and their art featured in the 5776 WRJ Art Calendar!

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