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Being Jewish on Campus: A Student Writing Challenge

Tell us how campus life is shaping your Jewish identity and connection to Jewish life.
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Sources: A Journal of Jewish Ideas invites Jewish college students to tell us how campus life is shaping your Jewish identity and connection to Jewish life.

We are currently accepting submissions of 1500-2000 word essays written by Jewish college students that describe an aspect of Jewish life on your campus and then explore what it means to you and what it might mean for other Jews. We are looking for a variety of perspectives, and we want to hear from you, no matter what your Jewish background is, where you go to school, or what you’re studying!

We’re interested in hearing about any topics that relate to your Jewishness and Jewish identity on your campus, such as:

  • How does your Jewishness fit with other parts of your identity?
  • What is it like to be part of a community with different kinds of Jews?
  • How do mental and physical health needs affect being Jewish on campus?
  • How you are responding to pro- or anti-Zionist political activism?

The possibilities are endless. Be creative!


Open to students enrolled at 2- or 4-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.


Up to four writers will receive $500 and have the opportunity to work with editor Claire E. Sufrin to prepare their essays for publication in the Spring 2024 issue of Sources: A Journal of Jewish Ideas.


Contact Claire E. Sufrin at [email protected] 


Submissions are due by December 31, 2023 



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