December 6, 2018 Detroit Jewish News cover with a menorah and a dog dressed with a kippah and tallit and the words

Chanukah is our favorite time of year at the JN. Each day during our contest when the mail comes, we have people eager to open those manila envelopes and see what’s inside.

Toward the end of our contest, we get the artwork from students at Hillel and Farber day schools — and then it’s time to vote. Always a hard choice!

You’ll get the chance to choose your favorite, too. Head to Chanukah Wonderland at the Orchard Mall Thursday, Dec. 6, to vote for your favorite among the top online vote-getters.

Here are our favorites from this year. Our grand-prize winner gets $100 and their drawing on the cover! All runners up receive $18. Mazel tov and thanks to all who entered!

Grand Prize Winner: Zoey Kapeller, 9, Commerce



Ages 10-12

First place: Marlee Beck, 11, Dearborn

Second place: Whitney Leff, 10, Bloomfield

chanukah menorah lit with people lining the top and bottom and the words "peace love light"

Third place: Nicolette Handler, 12, Birmingham

fish with fins to look like a menorah and the words "happy hanukkah"

Honorable mention: Madison Kraft, 12, West Bloomfield

menorah with the words "let's light up our world together. Happy hanukkah!"

Ages 7-9

First place: Sarah Minna Gottfried, 9, Southfield

unicorn with a main that looks like the menorah and the words "wishing you a magical chanukah!"

Second place: Zev Gross, 8, West Bloomfield

chanukah scene of a menorah seen through a window and the words "happy hanukah"

Third place: Emily Miller, 9, Birmingham

temple on a sunny day

Honorable Mention: Asher Singer, 9, Farmington Hills

illustrated menorah with a bird on it

Age 6 and Younger

First place: Pyka Schwartz, 6, Farmington

illustration of a dreidel showing the gimmel

Second place: Joshua Rodner, 6, Bloomfield Hills

menorah with glet, a star of David, a Torah, a dreidel and a bird.

Third place: Emma Tischler, 6, West Bloomfield

illustration of a menorah and a dreidel and star of David

Honorable mention: Jonah Shaham, 6, West Bloomfield

illustration of a Torah scroll open to a page showing a menorah, two dreidels, a present, and a astar of David