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Letters on Biro-bidjan Win Contest

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The judges had a comparatively easy time of it this week. Ninety per cent of the letters that poured in as entries in the Jewish Daily Bulletin’s Fifth Biggest Jewish News of the Week contest were on the Biro-Bidjan topic. All the winners, with two exceptions, selected Biro-Bidjan as the biggest news of the week.

The first prize winner in the non-student division this week, Rabbi Samuel Horowitz, won with his letter on the Biro-Bidjan situation. His letter was selected by the judges because of its restraint and its non-propagandistic nature. The Rabbi has been a contestant in the Biggest News competition since it began six weeks ago on November 10. This is the first time that he has won a prize.


Miss Florence N. Burg, who was awarded twenty-five dollars in the first Bulletin News Contest, has come through again to place in the money with a ten dollar award for second place. Miss Burg, 22, is a secretary-technician at the Sydenham Hospital in Brooklyn. Very active in the Young Folks League, she still finds time for her chief hobby—writing. She spent her first prize money, which she won some weeks ago, “on a new Thesaurus, a new dictionary, a miscellaneous assortment of reference books, and a gadget or two for Becky, my typewriter.”

Harry Greenberg’s fifth letter to the contest editor in as many weeks netted him a five dollar prize. Another example where persistent efforts are rewarded. Greenberg’s letter on the Biro-Bidjan was written with a novel slant.


For the third time since the contest began a student of New York University has won a prize. Victor Lovins, of Brooklyn, a junior at the Washington Square Branch, submitted his first letter two weeks ago. In his third attempt he placed in first money.

The second prize awarded to Zevi Harris, marks the first time that a Bulletin news prize has been awarded to a student of the Yeshiva College, 186th street and Amsterday avenue.

Honorable mention in the non-student division was awarded to the following: Jessie Bogen Shohan, J. Levine, P. Martinson, C. R. Katz, D. Lindenberg, D. S. Forman, S. Adler, J. Sahpeer, W. Crepea, N. Casper, C, Staff, D. Klinger, I. B. Padway, H. Kandix, I. Oblas, and J. Schulman.

Special commendation by the judges in the collegiate division go to the following: S. M. Turk, H. A. Silvershine, A. Margulies, H. Levi, R. M. Weisberger, A. Sheinfeld, and S. K. Mossman.

Honorable mention in the scholastic group was awarded the following high school students: A. Sanders, B. Bernstein, O. Wieder, L. Levenson, and S. Schor.


Because of lack of space the standing of the high schools in the race for the News Trophy will not be published until Monday, December 24.

The Sixth Biggest Jewish News of the Week contest ends today. All letters for this contest must be mailed to the Bulletin before midnight Monday, December 24.

A new contest begins Sunday, in the week-end edition of the Bulletin. Full details and information appear on page seven. Start the new contest and remember to mail your manuscripts to the contest editor before the deadline.

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