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 

DEADELINE EXTENDED – Submissions due to the JCA by June 1st, 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 June 1st, 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 

One grand prize winner will be awarded 4 Delta Premium Select tickets from the United States to Tel Aviv, and $5,000 USD, which can be used towards a custom trip, 4-star trip, or 5-star family trip with Authentic Israel, in addition to being featured in publicity.

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