By COLlive staff
As in years past, a nationwide essay contest for children has attracted submissions from across the country.
The National Menorah Essay Contest is dedicated by American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), the event’s sponsoring organization, in memory of Rabbi Mendy Deren a”h, who served on shlichus in Washington, DC, and helped develop the National Menorah program, a favorite of his.
Children in 3rd to 6th grades write essays entitled “What Chanukah means to me” and the winners are flown with a chaperone to Washington, DC, where they read their essay live in front of thousands of guests at an event seen by tens of millions across the US!
A unique opportunity for a huge kiddush Hashem, this program helps fulfill the desire of the Rebbe to inculcate the powerful message of Chanukah within children, as evidenced by the many Chanukah rallies over the years.
Past years have seen winners from as close as Silver Spring, MD, and as far as S. Diego, CA present for the lighting ceremony of the National Menorah, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The deadline for entry is tonight, December 4.
Essays may be submitted until tonight via trackable overnight delivery or via the web at menorahessay.com