Deadline for submitting the videos: 27. April 2018. 

About the competition

Centropa is proud to present the 3rd video competition for Jewish schools in Europe, US, and Israel! The idea of the competition was born in one of our teacher seminars, and the program is growing: in 2016 we received 40 videos, and in 2017 more than double - 83! We hope you join us this year as well in creating creative, meaningful projects with your students and connecting with peers and colleagues from all over the world.

Why participate?

  • When creating the videos, students gain a lot of knowledge about a certain Jewish topic: history, culture, geography, or religion.
  • Students gain useful technical skills about how to shoot, edit and put together a short film.
  • Doing a creative project outside the classroom can be really fun - you'll be surprised how motivated your students get.
  • If your students work together on a movie, they'll learn how to work in a team.
  • After submitting your videos, it'll appear on the Centropa page where everyone can see it and learn from it. By watching the videos of others, students learn about Jewish culture all over the globe.
  • The best videos receive prizes!

Who can participate?

  • Primary, secondary and high school students who study in a Jewish school in any country in the world
  • University/college students who study in Israel, or who study at a Jewish university or a Jewish department.

Are you interested in what other students did? See the videos from 2016 here, from 2017 here.

The rules of the competition

  1. Students can submit videos in any of the 4 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 can not 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 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 27, 2018 (Friday) midnight (CET). 

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

  • The knowledge students learned 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.)
  • Extra credit is given to cooperation projects, where students from different schools work together on one video.


In each category, the best videos receive the following prizes:
  • 1st place: a 400 EUR (appx. $440) gift card 
  • Runners-up: a 150 EUR (appx. $160) gift card
  • Honorable mentions: cinema tickets 
  • Audience prize: cinema tickets

Useful information

  1. Are you interested in taking part in the competition? Please, first contact the coordinator of the category you are interested in. The coordinators are classroom teachers who have done videos before, so they will be happy to help you and answer all your questions! Feel free to also contact Borbála Pál, the coordinator of CJN directly if you have further questions.
  2. You have the whole school year to make videos, and you can decide how you use this time. You can ask your students to work in groups or alone; you can do it in a shorter time or you can build a bigger project around the videos.
  3. Follow the guidelines of each category to get ideas and tips, and please make sure you follow all the rules listed above in the left sidebar!
  4. Technology can be a difficult issue, but do not let it scare you away! The guidelines contain useful information about videomaking and editing, and here are also some tips from students to students about the most common mistakes. Please do not hesitate to contact the category coordinators if you have further questions!
  5. If you would like to make a cooperation project, but do not have a partner school yet, don't worry! Contact Borbála Pál, CJN coordinator, and we'll find a partner for you to work with.
  6. Please make sure you submit your videos until the deadline (April 27, 2018.) The video has to be uploaded to Youtube and to our Border Jumping page. Please do not leave this process to the last minute, as it might take time! Please always inform the category coordinators when you submitted a video. 

Virtual Jewish Cookbook

Coordinator: Victoria Kadiuk (Educational complex No 14 1 ORT", Kiev, Ukraine) - 

If you choose this project, you will:

  • Choose one or more Jewish recipes typical in your country.
  • Research the gastronomic history of that recipe.
  • Find personal stories connected to this recipe.
  • Make the dish and document the process.
  • Create a presentation of what you did and the meaning of this Jewish traditional recipe to your family or community.

For more information, please read our guideline:

Cookbook step-by-step.pdf

Family History

Coordinator: Lowell Blackman (Atid Lod High School of Sciences, Lod, Israel) -

If you choose this project, you will:

  • Choose a Jewish story to tell 1) either about your family, 2) or a family from Centropa database, 3) or a person from a school tableau in your school.
  • Research the history behind your story through interviews of family members, collecting family photos and other documents, online and other research.
  • Write a script about the family member and the historical context of his or her story.
  • Make a video using the photos, script, narration, and audio.

For more information, please read our guideline:

Family History Step-by-step.pdf

You can find a detailed description and guidelines on how to do Family History Projects on our teaching materials page, written by Centropa teacher Lowell Blackman.

Jewish Holidays

Coordinator: Sami Levi (Ulus Jewish School, Istanbul, Turkey) -

If you choose this project, you will:

  • Choose one or more Jewish holidays and show how it is celebrated in your country
  • Research the history of the holiday
  • Show the most important elements of the holiday, such as traditions, songs, or food.
  • Tell about how you in your family celebrate this holiday.

For more information, please read our guideline:

Jewish Holidays step-by step.pdf

My Community

Coordinator: Sofija Pavinskaite (Sholom Aleichem High School, Vilnius, Lithuania) -

If you choose this project, you have several options:

  • Make a virtual walking tour in the Jewish quarter of your town,
  • Show the history of an important Jewish building of your town, such as a synagogue, your school, etc.
  • Show the story of your community, or any other Jewish communities

In either case, you will:

  • Research the story of the quarter / building / community
  • Show us an interesting story about your chosen topic, and put it into historical context.

For more information, please read our guideline:

My community step-by-step.pdf