Announcing edJEWprize: Teen ELI Talks Student Contest

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Feb. 11, 2015
February 11th, 2015

Source: Schechter Day School Network 


Co-sponsored by ELI Talks and the Schechter Day School Network, the Teen ELI Contest seeks to inspire and reward students and schools who embrace passion, curiosity, 21st century learning and Jewish seeking. ELI talks are ‘inspired Jewish ideas’ addressing Jewish engagement (E), literacy (L), and identity (I) with Israel and peoplehood at the core. Similar to mini-TED Talks, schools are encouraged to adopt and adapt the proven pedagogy for preparing and delivering an “ELI talk” for middle and high school students. Developing a Teen ELI talk, with all the skill-building that process entails, serves as a powerful method of instilling a sense of Jewish pride and confidence. Participants benefit from a meaningful experience. Schools benefit from sharing their students’ powerful stories.


We have prepared and attached guides for “Coaches” and for “Speakers.” While students are welcome to create talks on their own, we recommend that you assign at least one faculty person to serve as “coach” for however many students wish to participate in order to ensure a quality experience. The guides provide the criteria for creating a 5-minute Teen ELI Talk.


Any student wishing to participate in the contest will be required to upload their talk to YouTube (via a personal or school account) and submit the link here no later than April 3rd, 2015. A proposed timeline for talk preparation is included in the Coaches’ Guide.


Judges will include past ELI speakers, Jewish educators, and experts in online video. Winning submissions will be announced by May, 2015.


Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the “inspired Jewish idea”
  • Adherence to the E-L-I format (see the Coaches’ Guide for more on this) and five-minute time limit
  • Quality and creativity of speaker’s delivery

Learn more about the edJEWprize contest here

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