Awards and Scholarships for
Hebrew High Teens

For more information on any of the available awards and scholarships please contact Myra Shindler, BJE Director and Hebrew High Principal at

Bronia & Sam Bronkesh
Jewish Spirit Prize

$500 Award

Essay contest honoring physical and spiritual resistance during the Holocaust

High School
FIRST PRIZE: $500.00
THIRD PRIZE: $100.00

Essays will be judged on how well the student explores the use of lessons from and reactions to the Holocaust to make a better world. Works should demonstrate both in-depth learning about the Holocaust and personal reflections.

Essays may include: personal interviews with survivors or liberators, research on the life and actions of the partisans and/or righteous gentiles, how one advocates today to prevent present day genocides, and reflections on how the Holocaust impacted the student’s own life. Maximum word count: 1200 words

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE: January 31, 2019

Winning essay will be read at the community Yom HaShoah Commemoration in April 2018.
Every student who submits an essay will be recognized and receive a certificate of participation.

By submitting an essay, applicants certify that their essays are original, authored solely by them. Send your essays to Myra Shindler at 

Need help getting started? - Suggested Reading
Books and websites related to the resistance are readily available at your public library, the BJE library, or at

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
by Doreen Rappaport

by Nechama Tec

The Wall
by John Hersey

The Avengers
by Rich Cohen

The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and WWII
by Howard Blum

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
by Jack Mayer

If It's Not Impossible: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton
by Barbara Winton

In Search of Sugihara: The Elusive Japanese Diplomat Who Risked his Life to Rescue 10,000 Jews From the Holocaust
by Hillel Levine

Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust
by Ingrid Carlberg

Approximately 30,000 Jews throughout Eastern and Western Europe - many of them teens - fought back during the Holocaust as Jewish partisans.

2012 Bronkesh Jewish Spirit Prize Award Winner, Liana Sherman, Myra Shindler (Executive Director) and Bronia Cimmerman Bronkesh Z"L

2012 Bronkesh Jewish Spirit Prize Award Winner, Liana Sherman, Myra Shindler (Executive Director) and Bronia Cimmerman Bronkesh Z"L

Graduation Gift to Israel
$5000 Gift

Hebrew High teens who attend at least 4 years of classes are eligible to receive a $5000 gift to Israel, to be used for post high school studies in Israel.

This can include a Gap Year or a semester abroad of study in Israel.

Sarah Levitz
Study Fellowship in Israel

$3000 Scholarship

Hebrew High teens can receive this scholarship money anytime during high school following your freshman year.

Eight week sessions are offered in the summer and during the school year, where you can learn and tour Israel while completing your high school academic classes.


Harold & Jean Grossman Teen Israel Experience Scholarship Fund

Going on an education trip? Don't forget to apply for a grant from: Harold and Jean Grossman Teen Israel Experience Scholarship Fund

The Harold & Jean Grossman Teen Israel Experience Incentive Grant was made possible by a generous endowment  the Grossman family established at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, offers funding to encourage teens to participate in an Israel Experience program of at least a one-week duration.