(Courtesy of Israel Forever) Zionism is a misunderstood and contentious topic that dominates headlines and debates. In an effort to revitalize the understanding and relevance of the leadership and action that shaped the movement of political Zionism under Theodor Herzl, The Israel Forever Foundation has launched the My Herzl International Youth Essay Competition.
Showcasing the relevance of Herzl as a visionary Jewish leader in modern times, participants in the competition are encouraged to explore a range of topics that examine the connection between the past, present and future in a unique way.
Established in partnership with David Matlow, the world’s foremost collector of Herzl memorabilia, the My Herzl initiative exposes the young generation to the values and vision of leadership and activism that enabled the re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty in their ancestral homeland of Israel. Matlow shares, “It is our turn to explore the visions of the next generation. To hear the ideas that you believe will shape the future of the Jewish people at this important time in history. With hate against Jews rising again and the purpose of Israel being questioned, we can all gain inspiration from the leaders of our past. The opportunity to address challenges with wisdom, determination and resolve now rests on our shoulders.”
To connect with the younger generation, educators and community leaders are the crucial element to reaching today’s youth and inspiring them to consider fundamental issues that touch on the nerve of Jewish peoplehood, patriotism and the endless struggle for Jewish rights. Israel Forever is working with a growing number of schools, organizations and communities across the Jewish world.
An esteemed panel of judges will determine which young winner will be invited to present their essay in Jerusalem, in conjunction with the upcoming World Zionist Congress in 2020. This innovative essay competition is an active learning initiative that can spark a renewed understanding, respect and pride in the modern implications of the historical legacy that affirms Jewish rights today and for the future.