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Writing Contest for 18-22 Year Olds Features Scholarship Prizes

(Washington, D.C., May 5, 2022)–B’nai B’rith International President Seth J. Riklin and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:  
We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2022 None Shall Be Afraid Essay Contest. Students between the ages of 18 and 22 are invited to present their thoughts for meaningful approaches to combat the alarming spike in attacks on Jews in the United States, Israel and around the world, online and in person. Winners will earn scholarship funds and have the opportunity to have their essays published. 
B’nai B’rith International created the None Shall Be Afraid initiative to keep a focus on anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in our society today. None Shall Be Afraid was inspired by the 1790 letter from George Washington to the congregants of Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island, where he quoted Micah 4:4, “Everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.” 
Now it’s time for the next generation to take its place in combating the world’s oldest hatred. 
The essay contest is open to: 

  • Students (or those in a gap year) between the ages of 18 and 22 
  • High school graduates (even if not yet 18) entering college in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023   

Participants are asked in under 1,000 words to share their thoughts about the impact of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on society today, and what we can do to fight the problem.


  • 1st place: $2,500 scholarship 
  • 2nd place: $1,000 scholarship 
  • 3rd place: $500 scholarship 

In addition to the scholarship, the first-place winner will have their essay printed in B’nai B’rith Magazine Winter 2022 edition and published on B’nai B’rith’s website and social media platforms. The essay may also be used in the organization’s promotional email material. 
Essays are due by July 10, 2022 
Essays should be sent to For more information on how to apply, please visit our website here.

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit