JN’s annual art contest helps to usher in the holiday.
Here at the Jewish News, Chanukah is our favorite time of year. Every day, we look forward to receiving new submissions for our cover art contest, and each new submission puts us more in the holiday spirit. When “voting day” comes, everybody in the office stops what they’re doing to come into our conference room and admire the creativity and talent evident in the artwork we receive each year.
“We love it. We think our annual art contest is really special, and we take pride in it,” says Deborah Schultz, JN creative director. “That’s why this year we expanded it online, so more people in the community have the chance to vote for their favorites like we do.”
Schultz gets to choose the grand prize winner. She said she looks for originality, creativity, subject matter and evidence that the artwork was created by the child without much help from grownups or the use of store-bought materials.
“When I saw this year’s winning submission, ‘Captain Chanukah,’ I was smitten by its originality and creativity and the thought that went into it,” Schultz says.
The creator of that artwork, Adam Krugel, 9, of Novi, has been participating in the JN Chanukah Art Contest for four years. “My other entries had been menorahs,” he says. “This year, I thought I would be completely different. I wanted it to stand out so more people would vote for it.”
The fourth-grader from Hickory Woods Elementary, who attends Temple Israel, says he likes comic books and likes to do cartooning. He was inspired to create Captain Chanukah after watching the movie The Avengers. “I also thought of the Maccabees a little bit,” he says. “And I thought a comic book cover would be good for the cover of the Jewish News.”
Adam’s parents, Ellen and Noah Krugel, were excited and proud, as was older brother Jesse, 10. “We’re probably more excited than he is,” says Ellen, who says it was exciting to watch Adam as he worked on his submission. “It just came flowing out of him.”
As this year’s winner, Adam will receive $100 and a photography session with Enchanted Photography by Marla Michele Must in Birmingham. Adam said he plans to use his winnings toward a new iPad or iPod.
The first-place winners in each age group will receive $36 each. Second- and third-place winners will each receive a check for $18, as will the three winners of our online voting.
Chanukah Wonderland at the Orchard Mall
All of the 167 art submissions received by the Jewish News will be on public display Sunday-Wednesday, Dec. 9-12, at the Orchard Mall, Maple and Orchard Lake roads in West Bloomfield, during Chanukah Wonderland sponsored by Bais Chabad Torah Center of West Bloomfield in partnership with the Orchard Mall.
“The Chanukah Wonderland will provide families with the opportunity of celebrating their Judaism in a very hands-on and engaging manner,” said Rabbi Shneur Silberberg of the Bais Chabad, who will oversee the event with his wife, Zeesy.
“The array of events has been carefully planned to pique the interest of every age group. From toddlers to teens, from adults to seniors, there will be something for everyone.”
The centerpiece of the Wonderland is the unique learning tool known as the Olive Press Project, an interactive, hands-on exhibit. Participants actually see how olive oil was extracted from raw olives during the Temple period. Visitors can also eat sufganiyot, decorate a wooden dreidel, make a Chanukah sun catcher or participate in a Chanukah game show. Toddlers can visit Chanukah Legomania and design their own Lego menorahs while parents shmooze over coffee and donuts.
Other highlights include a musical celebration at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, sponsored by Sav-On Drugs. The festivities will include a performance by Kids Klez of Michigan; Chanukah Lights — the Musical, performed by children of the Bais Chabad Drama Club; a giant menorah lighting; and latkes, soups and other refreshments. All events are free.
The Chanukah Wonderland event runs Dec. 9-12. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Free admission.
Learn more at www.baischabad.com or call Rabbi Silberberg at (248) 207-5513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.