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Deadline for submitting the projects: 05. 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.

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 Bori Pál : pal(at)

Art projects - NEW!

About the art projects

Do you have students who love to draw? Students who are full of creative ideas? Even if not, no problem - you'd be surprised how creative your students get when you give them the right task. 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!

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.
  3. All projects need to be submitted until April 5, 2020 (Sunday) midnight (CET). 


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 don't use this and ask them to create short films they love? In the framewok of the CJN video competition, students create a film in one of the following categories, and not only learn how to make a 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 is the story your students want to tell about Jewish life where they live? In this project, students have an opportunity explore their Jewish identities as they research the Jewish district in their town, a synagogue, their school, or their community, and present it creatively through video.

Download our detailed guidelines for each project:

[Coming soon]

Video project rules

  1. Students can submit videos in any of the 3 categories, and they are allowed to submit more than one video as well.
  2. The videos have to be in English, or have to have English subtitles.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Please make sure that the video contains accurate information, based on valid sources.
  6. Submit your videos until April 5, 2020 (Sunday) midnight (CET). To submit your film, upload it to Youtube / Vimeo, fill this Excel sheet, and send it to Bori Pál, pal(at) by the deadline. Video competition info sheet.xlsx

When evaluating the videos, the following points 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.)

How to make a good video? - Tips and tricks from students

Making a video can be difficult, and probably you are confused where to start. These students from the Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas will give you 10 easy tips and tricks that'll ensure the great quality of your film. 

Instructional Video


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