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Megan's Muse

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An Annual Creative Arts Competition for Confirmation Students to Honor the Life of Megan Miriam Berman 

Megan's Muse is an annual creative arts competition for current Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) Confirmation students, sponsored by CBE's Sisterhood. Its purpose is to stimulate creative thought and expression as inspired by Judaic writings.

Each year a "theme" is chosen by a panel of judges, and a quote or verse is chosen from traditional or non-traditional Jewish writings. Entries are judged by the Confirmation student's ability to convey their understanding and interpretation of the theme via a creative medium.

The winner was announced at Confirmation, May 14, 2021. The winner of Megan’s Muse receives a $500 award. The judges have the option to award additional prizes as warranted. The hope of Sisterhood is that the winner(s) will use this award to further enrich themselves spiritually, creatively, or academically. You can view the competition rules and application.

2022 Megan's Muse Coming Soon!

Theme 2021

“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it
just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for
your having lived.”  -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Tzedakah: A Short Story Collection
Mitchell Swartz

Explanation: Tzedakah: A Short Story Collection is an assemblage of three short stories that all revolve around the concepts of selflessness and giving back. Each story strongly concentrates on the character journey the protagonists go through as they begin to fully understand what it means to put others before themselves. The first story follows Daniel, a High School senior whose sister is hosting a toy drive. The second story follows the stream of consciousness of a young boy named Sam, who goes to his local retail store with a ten-dollar bill ready to spend. The third story follows Elisa, a computer company employee with a passion for teaching. The quote by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg contains three main principles: leaving tracks, helping others rather than just yourself, and leaving the world a better place. The short stories each focus on one of the three components while also including significant elements of all of them.

Read the Stories

Other participants:

Samantha Massi
Creative Writing Entry:
The Footprints in Our Path

Ethan Grossman
Visual Arts Entry:
Leaving a Mark Behind and Helping Others

Tue, May 24 2022 23 Iyyar 5782