The Saeculum Journal Team, University of St. Michael's College, is pleased to announce the creation of the Gershon & Rosa Lewkowicz Prize in Jewish-Christian Relations.
A monetary prize valued at $1,000.00 (awarded by an evaluation committee) will be awarded to a University of Toronto student in the spring. The winning student will have their essay published in the Spring edition of Saeculum Undergraduate Academic Journal, have the opportunity to be featured in local community media, and attend an awards reception to meet the donor.
The author of the essay may be any undergraduate or graduate* (Masters Level) student enrolled in any of the University of Toronto campuses (St. George, Mississauga, Scarborough) and/or the Toronto School of Theology. *Graduate students must have enrolled in a graduate program within five years of completing their undergraduate studies.
The deadline for submission is February 1, 2014
Gershon and Roza Lewkowicz were Holocaust survivors. Their terrible experiences and determination to recreate a life and family from nothing inspired their daughter, Renée Levcovitch-McHale, to take up their mantle in cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue as a way to prevent such atrocities in the future. She believes the Church has an important role in this regard. Consequently, in her quest to bring the Jewish and Christian peoples together through dialogue, Renée has established a prize at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto in memory of her parents, to be awarded to the students whose essay best reflects this endeavor.
Acceptable essays may cover any topic related to the historical and/or contemporary experiences and initiatives within Jewish-Christian relations. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Landmark documents within the scope of inter-religious dialogue
- Pioneers in the area of Jewish-Christian relations and dialogue
- Responses to the Holocaust
- Exploration into documents from the Second Vatican Council surrounding inter-religious dialogue
- The formation of the Christian and Jewish canons
- Jewish-Christian relations after Second-Temple Judaism (during the Early Church era)
- Jewish-Christian relations in Medieval Europe
- Jewish and Christian responses to Zion and Zionism
The essay must be between 8-12 pages in length and double-spaced with size 12 font, OR a maximum of 4,000 words.
Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Gershon & Roza Lewkowicz
The submission deadline is February 1, 2014.
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