Thursday, July 09, 2020

Two Carmel Academy students have been selected for top honors in North American Judaic art and Hebrew poetry contests.

Carmel Academy fifth grader Sophie Citron was chosen for the Staff Pick Award in the RAVSAK North American Judaic Art Contest. Her entry, inspired by American pop artist Jim Dine, was chosen from more than 800 entries from 35 days schools across North America, said RAVSAK, a network organization of Jewish community day schools, which organized the contest. Sophie’s work, entitled “Blue Heart,” was entered into the mixed media category as she artistically explored ahava (love) through the lens of Jewish text.

“Prior to embarking on their artistic interpretations, students discussed various Jewish prayers that mention love and other ways that love is an important value to us as Jews,” said Carmel Academy Art Teacher Lori Amer. “Then the students interpreted the texts and narratives that they studied by creating visual representations of the ahava theme.”

This is the third year that Carmel students have received recognition for their artwork and participated in this program, in which RAVSAK supplies a curriculum and the students create art based on their learning.

Also recognized by RAVSAK was Carmel Academy seventh grader Ezra Ament whose Hebrew poem, “My Basketball” was chosen from thousands of entries to win the

Staff Pick Award for the organization’s Hebrew Poetry Contest.

According to RAVSAK, the Hebrew Poetry Contest “gives students the opportunity to express themselves in a second language—to see Hebrew as not merely a language of function but one of beauty, metaphor, and tone. By challenging themselves this way, they rise to a new level of fluency. They gain a deeper appreciation of language in general as well as the nuance and subtlety of Hebrew in particular. They discover a whole new creative outlet.”

Carmel Academy’s two winners will have their contest entries highlighted on the RAVSAK website (www.ravsak.org) and in the RAVSAK journal, “HaYidion.”

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