The Helen and Leon Sperling
Holocaust Education Essay Contest

The lessons of history are many. Among the most important is the way that events of the past teach us how to better view the present and to react with understanding, foresight, and courage.

Choose one of these topics for your essay:

  1. How do events of the Holocaust have meaning in our current time of increasing anti-Semitic events occurring in the United States?

  2. How has your personal life been affected by the study of the Holocaust?



  • This essay contest is open to students in 2 categories:

    • Grades 6-8 and 9-12.

  • Submit a PDF, approximately 3 pages using 12pt, Times New Roman font double-spaced.

  • Cite your references and sources since plagiarism will be disqualified.

  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling will be taken into consideration.


Entry forms are available below and also on the following websites:


Submit completed application and essay to:

Deadline for submission is April 1, 2022


Cash prizes will be awarded.


The first place essays will be read at The Annual Helen and Leon Sperling Holocaust Memorial Lecture on April 28, 2022.

Jewish Community Center

2310 Oneida St., Utica, NY 13501

Sponsored by the Helen and Leon Sperling Holocaust Memorial Committee


Purim Party

Purim Spiel

Reading of Megillat Esther followed by dinner. Costumes definetely welcome!


$ 7.00 for adults (+13)

$ 3.00 (5 to 12)

Under 5: free

RSVP Reservations by March 9, 2022


March 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m.



Jewish Community Center,

2310 Oneida Street – Utica


Mah Jongg Tournament

Temple Emanu-El/Temple Beth El
Fifth Annual Tournament

Dedicated to the memory of Vivian Berkowitz

A portion of the proceeds will be donated in Viv's name to On Point for College

Cash prizes to top winners; other prizes and surprises!


Entry fee: $ 35.00

(Remember to bring your 2022 card)


Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Breakfast/registration: 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Play 3 rounds – 12 tournament style games: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Jewish Community Center,

2310 Oneida Street – Utica

Please, fill in a form with NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and EMAIL to Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502 – Att: Lynn Tomaino, with a check payable to Temple Emanu-El. For further information, contact Lynn Tomaino (315) 723-3569; Cecily Eidelhoch (315) 723-5606 or Temple Emanu-El office (315) 724-4177.



Jewish food—Jewish music—Jewish fun


Sunday, June 12, 2022, from noon to 8 p.m.


In the park on the front grounds of the Jewish Community Center,

2310 Oneida Street – Utica