APPLY TO THE 4th CJN STUDENT COMPETITION NOW!

Deadline for submitting the projects: 15. April 2019. 

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! - Cooperation Project Category: Your students will virtually jump their classroom walls to collaborate with students in Jewish schools all across Europe, from Thessaloniki to Budapest, from Vilnius to Rome. The project can be a video, a PPT, a Prezi, a website, or anything that can be shared online. Centropa is happy to help you to find project partners.

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 2017 here, from 2018 here

Questions? - Contact CJN coordinator Bori Pál : pal(at)centropa.org

Cooperation projects - NEW!

About the cooperation projects

Your students will virtually jump their classroom walls to collaborate with students in Jewish schools all across Europe, from Thessaloniki to Budapest, from Vilnius to Rome. The project can be a video, a PPT, a Prezi, a website, or anything that can be shared online. Centropa is happy to help you to find project partners.

You are free to design your project and choose the topic and format that best fits your curriculum and will engage your students. It’s important however that your project has some kind of outcome that you can share with us: a film, a Prezi, a website, an exhibition, etc.

To inspire you, we collected some project ideas to consider:

  • Our Town’s Jewish History: connect your students to the Jewish history of their own town, while giving them a broader perspective on European Jewish history through project exchanges with Jewish students in other countries. In this project, students research and compare the Jewish history of their towns – excellent building blocks for classes in history, Jewish history, English language, and technology.
  • A Day in Our School: What’s an average day like for your students? What’s Jewish life like in another country? In this project, students get the chance to share their daily life experiences, and learn about how Jewish students their age in other countries live, as well.
  • The Holocaust in My Country: students research the Holocaust in their country and present it to each other through testimonies and other sources.

Cooperation project rules

  1. You are free to design your project and choose the topic and format that best fits your curriculum and will engage your students. It’s important however that your project has some kind of outcome that you can share with us: a film, a Prezi, a website, an exhibition, etc.
  2. At least two different schools have to take part in the project, but you are free to involve more schools as well. If you are looking for a partner school, contact us and we’ll help: Bori Pál, pal(at)centropa.org
  3. You are free to decide how many students take part in the project, but make sure that all participating schools work on the project equally.
  4. The language of the project should be English, or the final result has to have English translation.
  5. If you create a video, make sure it is not longer than 5 minutes.
  6. Please submit your project by uploading it to our Border Jumping page and sending it to Bori pal(at)centropa.org. The deadline for submitting the projects is April 15, 2019 (Monday) midnight (CET). 

 

When evaluating the projects, 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 this project).
  • The amount of exchange between the students during the project (how much did the students get to know each other and each other’s communities).
  • The creativity of the project.

Prizes

The best cooperation projects receive the following prizes:
  • 1st place: a 300 EUR (appx. $340) gift card 
  • Runners-up: a 150 EUR (appx. $170) 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:

Cookbook step-by-step.pdf

Family History Step-by-step.pdf

My community step-by-step.doc.pdf

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. Please submit your video on time by uploading it to Youtube and to our Border Jumping page. Please do not send your video to us in email, do not upload it to Indavideo or Google Drive. The deadline for submitting the videos is April 15, 2019 (Monday) midnight (CET). 

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.)

Prizes

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