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Chanukah, Oh Chanukah

Nearly 200 children brighten the holiday with their artwork.

This year, nearly 200 young people submitted their artwork to the JN’s Chanukah Art contest, and the competition was tough — there are so many talented young artists in the community! However, one entry stood out from all the rest: It made everyone in our office smile.

Dalya Apap, a second-grader at Akiva Hebrew Day School in Southfield, said the idea for a Jewish snowman “just came to her” one day.  “I was thinking of winter and snowmen,” Dalya said. “Then I thought that since Chanukah is in the winter, I’d make him Jewish.”

Dalya has gotten much praise for her artistic ability from her teachers at Akiva, who say that Dalya is one of the most creative students they know.

In addition to having her artwork displayed on the cover of this week’s Jewish News, Dalya earned a $100 cash prize. She said she’s not sure what she will do with the prize money, but she doesn’t plan to spend it on herself. “I might buy a Chanukah present for my sister and a birthday present for my brother — I already got him a Chanukah present,” she said.

First-prize winners in each age group — Julia Bienstock, Aria Peterson and Micayla Greenberg — will each receive $18 from the Jewish News.

Entries On Display
Winners and honorable mentions can also be found online at All of the entries to the Chanukah Art Contest will be on display Dec. 18-21 at the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield as part of the Chanukah Wonderland sponsored by the Sara & Morris Tugman Bais Chabad Torah Center of West Bloomfield.

Anyone wishing to pick up their contest entry can do so between the hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. after Dec. 27 at the Jewish News office, 29200 Northwestern Highway, Suite 110, Southfield.

Grand Prize
Dalya Apap, 7



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