Established in 1955, the Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization underscoring the humanitarian and Jewish concerns of its founders. The Kapluns were refugees from Nazi persecution and dedicated their lives to a variety of philanthropic causes. The Foundation endeavors to continue their good work. We encourage young people to treasure our shared Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. To this effort, the Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest open to both junior high and high school students.
Level 1 – Grades 7, 8, 9
What person of importance to the Jewish people, past or present, would you like to meet and why?
Level 2 – Grades 10, 11, 12
Does modern day life adversely affect Jewish values -- why or why not?
Please note that the instructions have been updated from past years and that ALL essays must now be submitted online. Do not include your name in the essay itself—use the appropriate fields to enter your name and other personal information.