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Racial Justice and My Jewish Values Art Competition

Events in the past year have brought the lived experience of systemic racism to the forefront, and in the face of injustice we know Judaism teaches us we must not stand idly. We also know art is an important way in which teens and tweens respond to their world, reflect on their place in it, and inspire all of us to do the same. KKBE was therefore proud to be able to encourage such reflection with an art competition for Jewish Middle and High School Students: “Racial Justice and My Jewish Values.” Students were also asked to identify a charitable organization to which winning prizes would be contributed, thus exploring and connecting with the inspiring work of tikkun olam (repairing the world) taking place in the community around them. A panel of four congregants dedicated to both social justice and Jewish youth judged all of the submissions, and we are so pleased to be able to announce and congratulate the following winners:

First Place: Liv Dewhirst, 8th grade
A $2,000 donation will be made in Liv’s honor to the Religious Action Center

Second Place: Sophie Dewhirst, 10th grade
A $1,000 donation will be made in Sophie’s honor to the Equal Justice Initiative

Third Place: Eli Sherman, 7th grade
A $500 donation will be made in Eli’s honor to the Charleston Area Justice Ministry

Honorable Mention:
Sydney Lee, 10th grade
Zoe Jones, 8th grade

 All of these students’ works may be viewed below. We thank each of them for their powerful reflections and know that, not only will our youth lead us – they already are!


Liv Dewhirst's entry:                                                                                                                                             


Sophie Dewhirst's entry:

Read Eli Sherman's essay HERE.

Read Sydney Lee's poem HERE.

Zoe Jones' entry


Wed, May 22 2024 14 Iyar 5784