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The Story of the Jews National Essay Contest Launches

“What ties us together is a story, the story kept in our heads and hearts… We are our story.” — Simon Schama in The Story of the Jews.

As part of The Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, WNET Education is launching a national essay contest to encourage high school aged students across America to examine how stories shape our identities.

What stories have impacted your life? How do these stories influence how you see yourself and the world? How do they tie you to your community?

The Story of the Jews explores the 3,000 year history of the Jewish people and their impact on civilization. In the introduction to the series, host Simon Schama shares his belief that the key to the endurance of the Jewish people over three millennia has been the telling of a story, the story of the Jews.

Visit The Story of the Jews National High School Essay Contest page for full contest rules, prizes, and details on how to enter.