Lehrhaus Essay Contest!

Lehrhaus Essay Contest!

The Lehrhaus is excited to announce our first ever Essay Contest!

Who: Authors who have never published with Lehrhaus

What: A previously unpublished 1,500-3,500 word essay addressing the question:

“What crucial message or idea does today’s Jewish community need to understand?”

When: Submissions are due before Shabbat on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Criteria: Submissions will be assessed by Lehrhaus Editors on the basis of clarity of thought, analytical sophistication, effective use of supporting texts, and writing style.

Sample topics:

    • How can fresh ideas help reinvigorate the 21st century American Jewish community?
    • Is educating toward civil conversations a lost cause in today’s world?
    • Reflections on the present and future of online discourse in today’s Jewish community
    • What is the present and future of Talmud Torah in the internet age?
    • How can we create a more fruitful exchange of ideas between Israeli and diaspora religious and thought leaders?

Submission Instructions:

    • Submissions should be in the form of a Word document. The Word document should have a title, but not the author’s name. The document file name should have the words “Lehrhaus Essay Contest” and the title of the piece.
    • Submissions should be emailed as an attachment to lehrhausessaycontest@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should have the word “SUBMISSION” and the title of the piece.


    • First prize – $150. Essay featured prominently on Lehrhaus site and social media, along with bio of the author.
    • Second Prize – $100
    • Third Prize – $50
    • All submissions will be considered for publication.