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Written by Glenn Kass   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:57

Current Generation Asked To Bring New Perspectives to Annual Holocaust Remembrance Event

ROCK ISLAND, IL – The Quad Cities Yom HaShoah (Yahm ha-SHOW-uh) Committee announces a call for entries to the “Ida Kramer Children and the Holocaust” Essay Contest open to all Quad City Area students in grades 8-12. The deadline for entry is February 1st, 2014.

Details are available online at www.jfqc.org or www.holocausteduqca.com. Completed entries may be mailed to the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, 2715 30th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. They can also be submitted electronically as an email attachment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Yom HaShoah Essay” in the subject line.

A $500.00 scholarship is awarded for the winning essay while $200.00 will go to a classroom teacher that provides guidance for the entry chosen. The winning essay will be read during the annual Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 - 7:00 PM - at Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th Street, Rock Island.

Yom HaShoah is observed as a day of commemoration for the six million Jews (nearly 11 million people total) that perished during the Holocaust. It began in 1953 with the signing of an Israeli law by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. The essay contest bears the name locally of Ida Kramer, former Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and a longtime Holocaust educator.

The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites (www.jfqc.org) is a non-profit, 501 c (3) Illinois corporation founded in 1980. With other local organizations, JFQC addresses a broad range of needs to include cultural, religious, educational, family welfare, care of the elderly and interfaith relations. The Federation combats hate and anti-Semitism by supporting religious liberty and civil rights for everyone.

Its core mission is to preserve, protect, enrich and enhance Jewish communal life and the well-being of Jews locally, in Israel and throughout the world. It is a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America (www.jewishfederations.org). The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jewishfedqc.


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