Pogrund Family Essay Contest Rules/Online Application

A student may submit one entry for the Pogrund Family Essay contest and one entry for the Pogrund Family Judaic Artwork contest.


To download the Pogrund Family Essay Contest Rules, click here.


ATT sponsors the Pogrund Family Essay Contest annually for all of its grades 3 -12 students of its affiliated schools. Established through the generosity of Pogrund Family, the program allows our students to show their creativity, their ability to research Jewish topics, and to improve their writing skills. The goals of the contest are:

  • To encourage students to do research in the primary sources of Judaism in their preferred areas of interest
  • To explain the relevance of Torah to all aspects of life
  • To allow students the opportunity of strengthening their commitment to Judaism through writing
  • To encourage students to improve their writing skills
  • To recognize and celebrate our students' creativity and their writing skills


Pogrund Family Essay Contest Prizes: $50.00 check per winner


 1.     Select one of the essay topics listed:

 a. Research a question about a Judaic topic that interests you. Essay should include the answer as well as its rationale.

  • e.g.: Does Hashem expect us to work for success or to rely on him alone?


 b. Research a historical/current Jewish personality or event. From that research, explain how it applies to your Jewish values and/or contemporary Jewish life. (Essay should include two parts, a brief summary of what has been researched and its relationship to you or modern life in general.)

  •  e.g.: Write a brief summary (1 - 2 paragraphs) of the Spanish Expulsion and then explain its impact on our lives today.


c. Create a poem, play or other type of creative writing on a Jewish theme, idea, personality, event, or holiday.

  •  e.g.: Write a poem about Rosh Hashana from one of its related objects’ perspective (e.g. shofar, apple, machzor).


d. Explain a tefilah (prayer) from the Siddur and its special meaning to you and the role it plays in your life.

  •  e.g.: Sh’ma Koleinu and what I think about when I recite it


e. Explain a difficult passage from Tanach. Present a minimum of two resolutions to the problem.

  •  e.g.: How did the Jews make an Eigel (Golden Calf) just 40 days after Har Sinai?


f. Describe a modern problem and show how our sacred texts deal with the problem.

  •  e.g.: The Sanctity of Human Life; Anti-Semitism; The Sanctity of Marriage; Environment; Social Justice


2.      Length of essay: 500 word maximum


3.      All essay submissions must include an essay titlefirst name, last name, home address (include city, state, zip, &                         apartment # when applicable), email address (if student has one), grade, and school in order to be eligible.


4.      If submissions are hand-written, essays must be legible, done in ink, and written on one side of the paper.


5.      DeadlineThursday, January 30, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.


6.      Prizes: $50.00 per winner


7.      Essays may be submitted by:

  • Mail:     3531 Madison Street, Skokie, IL 60076
  • Email:   pogrundessayart@att.org
  • Online: Scroll down to view online submission form.


8.      FOR TEACHERS Only: If done as a class assignment, please be sure to:

  • Include the Pogrund Family Essay CLASS COVER SHEET with your class submissions.
  • Have each student include an essay title, his/her first and last name, home address (include city, state, zip and apartment # when applicable), email address (if student has one), grade, and school on all pages of his/her submission.
  • If submissions are hand-written, essays must be legible, done in ink, and written on only one side of the paper.


9.     Pogrund Family Essays will be judged on these criteria:

  •  Following directions – Be sure to include your heading and an essay title
  •  Content/research/originality and creativity
  •  Mechanics (grammar, spelling, etc.)


10.   All submitted essays are the property of the ATT and may be published in an ATT publication. Please retain a copy of your submission for your records. Winners may be requested to resubmit their essays electronically.

For Online Submission, complete the form below.


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