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February 10, 2017  RSS feed

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Local Jewish college students invited to enter essay contest

Hillels of the Florida Suncoast is offering scholarship opportunities for Jewish college students and a free round-trip ticket to Israel for the winner of the Rutstein Judaic Essay Contest.

Hillel introduced the contest two years ago, which invites Jewish undergraduate students to write about a Jewish hero or heroes in the world, past or present.

Besides the free airfare to Israel, students can win scholarships totaling $1,540, provided by Stan and Jo Rutstein, longtime members of the Sarasota Jewish community and supporters of Hillel.

Ashley Englander, USF Hillel student and last year’s Rutstein Essay Contest First Place winner, decided to study abroad in Israel after winning the competition in 2016.

“My dream to spend a semester studying in Israel would not have been possible without the Rutsteins’ generosity,” said Englander. “I am so grateful that I have been given this incredible opportunity to live in Israel and deepen my Jewish roots even more than I already had by being involved with Hillel at USF.”

Among the rules for the Rutstein Judaic Essay Contest are:

• Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a participating Suncoast Hillels’ college or university, or if students are enrolled in other undergraduate programs in Hillsborough, Pinellas or Polk counties, they must contact Suncoast Hillels directly at to determine eligibility.

• Students are asked to write an original, thoughtful and creative essay between 1,000, and 2,000 words.

For additional rules and to register for the contest, visit or email All entries must be received no later than midnight on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

A total of four prizes will be awarded. The first place winner will receive $500 plus a free round-trip airline ticket to Israel. The second place winner will receive $500, the third place winner will receive $360, and the fourth place winner will receive $180. In addition, all students who submit a qualified essay will receive a $50 stipend.

Suncoast Hillels plans to announce the essay contest winners on Wednesday, March 8 at USF Hillel’s “Third Annual Great Latke Hamantash Debate” program. For more information, contact Linda Wolf, assistant director for Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, at (813) 899- 2788 or

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