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Deadline for submitting the projects: 26. April 2020. 

About the competition

You are invited, along with more than 15 other European Jewish schools, to enter your students in this competition of virtual learning, fun, and Jewish cultural exchange. Using guidelines provided by Centropa, you design projects that will engage your students and build Jewish identity.

The competition is organized in cooperation with the National Library of Israel.

NEW THIS YEAR! - Art Project Category: Your students can use their creative side and create an artwork - let it be a painting, a graphic novel, an illustration, a poem - all inspired by a Centropa story.

Who can participate? - All students can participate who study in a Jewish school in Europe, US, or Israel. Primary, secondary and high school students are all welcome to submit a project!

Are you interested in what other students did? See the videos from from 2018 here, from 2019 here.  

Questions? - Contact CJN coordinator Tina Hemera: hemera(at)

Art projects - NEW!

About the art projects

Do you have students who are full of creative ideas? Students who love to draw, and express themselves through the language of art? Even if not, no problem - you'd be surprised how creative your students get when you inspire them. This competition is a perfect opportunity to work together with your colleagues who teach art, and create something great together. 

  1. Ask your students to watch a Centropa film. They can watch any film, but if you are not sure which one to choose, we recommend you this selection of the greatest hits of Centropa with a short description.
  2. Inspired by the Centropa films, students are asked to create one - or more - pieces of art. This can be a drawing, a painting, a graphic novel, a montage - the limit is only their creativity!
  3. Students are asked to send their artwork to us so we can organize an exhibition with the paintings from all over the world!
  4. With the artwork, students should also submit a short note (one paragraph) about which film they choose, why they choose it, and how it inspired them.

Art project rules

  1. All of the submitted artwork has to be inspired by a Centropa story. As a first step, students have to see a Centropa film, and make their artwork afterwards.
  2. Students decide freely what technique they want to use.

This is how to submit the project:

  1. Send a picture / scan of the artwork to Tina Hemera (hemera(at) Make sure it is good quality! Deadline: April 26, 2020 (Sunday) midnight (CET).
  2. Include the title of the Centropa film, as well as a short note (one paragraph) about why your student chose this film, and how it inspired him/her.
  3. Send the original artwork to our address. We'll organize an exhibition of the paintings at the end of the year. (If you don't want to send your picture to us, that's also fine, but we hope you do!)

Our address:
Mozaik Jewish Community HUB
Ferenciek tere 7-8.
1053 Budapest


The best art projects receive the following prizes:
  • 1st place: a 100 EUR  gift card 
  • Runners-up: a 50 EUR gift card

Video projects

About the video projects

Your students probably use their smartphones, tablets and new technologies all the time. Why not use this and ask them to create short films they love? In the framewok of the CJN video competition, students create films in one of the following categories, and not only learn how to research, work in a team, and edit a film - they also have fun.

1. Virtual Jewish Cookbook Category: Gefilte fish. Tzimmes. Latkes. Charoset. Kugel. Borekas. Who doesn’t have a favorite Jewish recipe? In this project, students choose a Jewish recipe important to them and their family, research its history, and make the dish.

2. Family History Category: Students explore their roots by researching the history of a family member. Another option: create a Centropa-like video of a survivor from the Centropa database, or a person who studied in your school. 

3. My Community Category: What story your students want to tell about Jewish life in their hometown? In this project, students have an opportunity to explore their Jewish identities as they research the Jewish district in their town, a synagogue, their school, or their community.

Download our guidelines for making the films:

CJN video competition 2019-2020 guideline.pdf


Video project rules

  1. Students can submit videos in any of the 3 categories.
  2. Students allowed to submit more than one video.
  3. The videos have to have English subtitles (even if the narration is in English). 
  4. The videos cannot be longer than 5 minutes. Please take this time limit seriously, as videos which are longer than 5 minutes will not qualify to the competition.
  5. Students have to create the videos on their own. They might get professional support, but the final film has to be their own work solely.
  6. Please make sure that the video contains accurate information, based on valid sources.
  7. Submit your videos until April 26, 2020 (Sunday) midnight (CET). To submit your film, upload it to Youtube / Vimeo, fill this Excel sheet, and send it to Tina Hemera, hemera(at) by the deadline. Video competition info sheet.xlsx

When evaluating the videos, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • The knowledge students gained from the project (make sure that there is a learning process involved, and students gain meaningful knowledge while making the film).
  • The creativity of the video (make sure your film tells an interesting story, and it catches the viewer's attention).
  • Technical details, the quality of the video (we know this can be hard, but the category guidelines contain many tips and tricks for creating a good film.)


In each category, the best videos receive the following prizes:
  • 1st place: a 200 EUR (appx. $230) gift card 
  • Runners-up: a 100 EUR (appx. $115) gift card