Upcoming Competitions

Apply to the CJN Student Competition!

Deadline for submitting the projects: 29. April 2022. 

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.

CONTINUE 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.


Submissions will be divided into 2 groups for judging:

  • Grades 1-8
  • Grades 9-12

For each category there will be one winner and one runner up selected per age group.

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!

Competition Period

The competition begins on September 15th, 2021 and ends on April 29th, 2022.

Dates are subject to change by the Centropa team for any unavoidable occurrence. 

Are you interested in what other students did?

See the videos and artworks from previous years here.


Contact CJN coordinator, Tina Hemera at hemera(at)centropa.org

This project is implemented with the financial support of the European Jewish Fund” 

Art Projects


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 is the perfect opportunity to work together with your colleagues who teach art, and create something great together. 

  1. Watch – 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. Create – 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. Send – Students are asked to send their artwork to us, so we can (hopefully) organize an exhibition with the paintings from all over the world! (Please include the teacher(s) email in CC)
  4. Inspire – With the artwork, students should also submit a short note (one paragraph) about which film they chose, why they chose it, and how it inspired them.

Art Project Rules

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

This is how to submit the project:

  1. Upload the picture / scan of the artwork to Google Drive, and create a shareable link. Make sure it is good quality!
  2. Fill out this Excel sheet under ‘Art project’ tab, and include the link of the picture/scan of your artwork.
  3. Email the completed excel sheet to Tina Hemera (hemera(at)centropa.org).  Deadline: April 29, 2022 (Friday) midnight (CET).
  4. Send the original artwork to our address. We’ll – if the pandemic allows us – 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
Rumbach Sebestény utca 11-13. 4th floor
1075 Budapest

When evaluating the artworks, 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 you gain meaningful knowledge while creating your artwork.
  • The creativity of the piece. Make sure your project tells an interesting story, and it catches the viewer’s attention.
  • Technical details: the materials you used for your artwork, the colours, the tone, the shapes, etc.


The best art projects receive prizes:

  • 1st place: 100 EUR  gift card 
  • Runners-up: 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 to their advantage 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. Or alternatively, create a Centropa-like video of a survivor from the Centropa database

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

Download our guidelines for making the films:

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 29, 2022 (Friday) midnight (CET). To submit your film, upload it to Youtube / Vimeo, fill this Excel sheet on ‘Video project’ sheet, and send it to Tina Hemera, hemera(at)centropa.org by the deadline. 

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: 200 EUR gift card
  • Runners-up: 100 EUR gift card