FLY WITH US – Israel Essay Competition for families with kids age 7-17 years old 

Sponsored by Returning the Sparks, the Consulate General of Israel to New England in partnership with the JCA 

Submissions due to the JCA by March 6th, 2023


The goal of this project is for families to forge a personal and positive connection with Israel and Israelis through their own history, resilience, values, innovation, and dreams. Entries may be created solely by a child aged 7-17 OR by the family (including at least one adult.) Applicants do not have to be Jewish. 


Entries should include: 

– A video of 5 minutes or less (songs also welcome) 


– A short essay or poetry submission of 500 words or less 


Each submission must answer ONE of the following: 

1) How does your family successfully integrate both tradition and innovation, like Israel and Israelis? 


2) How does Israel inspire you to make your dreams possible? 


OPTIONAL prompts to discuss as a family: 

-What are stories about our family showing the “chutzpah”/audacity to follow a dream or innovate in response to a challenge? 

-How has your family shown resilience, weathering good times and bad successfully in the past? During the COVID-19 crisis? 


Local submissions (or links to video clips) must be sent to the JCA at by March 6th, 2023. Maine entries will be reviewed by two local volunteer judges, who will select a winning essay and a runner up to submit to the regional competition. 


Grand prize 

On Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, April 25-26, 2023, the Consulate General of Israel to New England and Returning the Sparks will select and announce a single regional grand prize winner of $5,000 towards a family trip to Israel from among the top essays submitted by each local participating organization, including the JCA. 

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