• 2019 Stop Hate Essay Contest

    The 5th Annual Stop Hate Orange County Essay Contest is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County and the Orange County Human Rights Commission. The purpose of the contest is to promote tolerance and understanding through education.

    The essay is open to all students, grades 7-12.

    An iPad Mini Will Be Awarded in Each of Two Categories: 7 - 9th grade and 10 - 12th grade.
    In addition, the teachers sponsoring the winning students will each receive a cash bonus of $100.


Historical Context:

Throughout history, migrations of people have affected countries and regions. These migrations have been both voluntary and involuntary and include:

Jews fleeing the horrors of the Holocaust  and people from Central America seeking asylum in the United States.

For many observers, 21st century challenges also raise uncomfortable historical echoes, as scenes of refugees waiting in grim camps recall the events of World War II and the Holocaust. They lead to important questions about whether there are “lessons” of history and invite us to reflect on how individuals and governments choose to respond to those in need.



Please write an essay of 500 words or less in which you compare and contrast German Jews before World War II and recent Central American refugees  What can we learn from the history of the Holocaust to prevent that tragedy from happening again?

This is not a book report. Essay judges are interested in your personal reflections and insights.

► Writers must be residents of Orange County, students in grades 7-12 currently attending public or private or being home schooled

► All submissions must (1) have a title, (2) be typed, and (3) be double-spaced. Staple the essay entrance form, download here, filled out completely to the essay. Do not write your name or the name of your school on your essay.

► Submit your completed entry form along with the essay and mail NO LATER THAN March 1, 2019  to:


c/o the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County

 292 North Street    Newburgh, New York 12550

Alternatively, you may fill out an entry form and attach the form and your essay and e-mail by  to Sharon@jewishorangeny.org

► Do not plagiarize.

► Do not submit more than one entry


Prizes will be awarded at the Annual Orange County Holocaust Remembrance Day observance in 2019 or Stop Hate Symposium