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The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is pleased to announce that winners of the 2020 Stop the Hate essay contest will be named on Thursday, May

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is pleased to announce that winners of the 2020 Stop the Hate essay contest will be named on Thursday, May 14 at 10 AM.
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Each year, we receive approximately two to three thousand submissions from students in 6 – 12th grade attending schools in 12 counties in Northeast Ohio. The essays are scored according to a matrix (learn about judging and scoring) by hundreds of volunteer readers to determine the twenty-five top finalists. Students and schools are annually awarded $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. The contest, now in its 12th year, has engaged over 30,000 students and provided over 1 million dollars in awards, made possible through the generosity of a donor and the support of sponsors.

Postponing the Stop the Hate Award Ceremony

After great debate and discussion, the difficult decision has been made to postpone the Stop the Hate Award Ceremony until later in the academic year. The health and safety of participants is our first priority. As part of the international effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Maltz Museum will schedule a new date following CDC guidelines. Our goal is to safely bring finalists and judges together for a private event that can be shared with a public audience via livestream. We will keep you updated with the most current information as it develops. Thank you for your patience as we navigate next steps. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

For more information, please contact Manager of Public Programs & Stop the Hate, Ben Becker: bbecker@mmjh.org or 216-593-0577

The 2020 contest is now closed. To learn more about the annual scholarship contest, please contact program manager, Ben Becker at 216-593-0577 or bbecker@mmjh.org

This year, we launched the 2020 Youth Summit in partnership with Tri-C. Registration for this year’s summit is now full. Please add your name to our wait list in order to get updates and information on future programming.
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Nupur Goel

Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world, this next generation of leaders can win big.

Stop the Hate® is designed to create an appreciation and understanding among people of differing religions, races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. By challenging young people to consider the benefits of a more inclusive society, the consequences of intolerance and the role of personal responsibility in effecting change, the contest also reflects Jewish values of responsible citizenship and respect for all humanity.

Each year, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage gives out $100,000 in scholarships, awards and anti-bias education in recognition of 6-12th grade upstanders in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties.

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    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

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    The Semi J. and Ruth Begun Foundation

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