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Prize Winner in $100 Contest Tells How Easy It Was to Win

December 19, 1934
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The wife of a rabbi a young New York attorney, a sophomore in college, and a freshman in high school have been included among the winners of the past Biggest Jewish News of the Week contests. These men and women who have shared in the $500 in cash prizes thus far awarded are only a few of the many winners in this interesting, informative and novel current news competition.

You have the same opportunities of winning a share of the $100 in prizes given every week. You, too, can be listed among the winners each Friday when they are announced in the Bulletin. The contest is simple. No strings are attached, and every entrant, whether he is a banker, lawyer, teacher, or subway conductor has the same chances. The letters are judged solely on merit.


Irving Gelmar, a student at Long Island University, who won first prize in the collegiate division in the first Biggest Jewish News of the Week contest, yesterday told a Bulletin reporter how he went about it.

“It’s pretty hard for me to get a copy of the Bulletin in Staten Island every day,” he said, “but I manage to get a paper in Brooklyn near the school. I read the paper carefully and I made notes of what seemed the most important news of that day. I did that for the entire week and then wrote my letter. I just picked the outstanding news item for that week and then went on to tell why in my mind, it was the most important news of that week.


“If I remember correctly I wrote only 239 words. I was very much surprised to win first prize. The twenty-five dollars went a long way. Books, hat, club dues. I also took a three-months subscription to the Bulletin. I’ve been entering this contest again for the last two weeks. I did so as soon as I discovered that winners of a contest were not barred from competing in the future. I think that you’re doing a big thing with this Biggest Jewish News of the Week contest. Good luck to you.”

Your reporter also learned that Harold Leventhal, who won a five dollar prize and a silver medal is an honor student at James Monroe. Achad Sanders of Madison, is an active Menorah member, and Marvin Rothenburg, of Washington High, is another ace scholar.


You may enter any of the three divisions in this contest. The non-student, the collegiate, and the scholastic groups offer you an opportunity to win a share of the $100 that is awarded weekly to all winners.

There is a new contest each week. You can enter each week. The contest begins every Sunday and continues until Friday. On Friday the winners of the preceding week’s competition are announced. The sixth Biggest News competition closes Friday, Dec. 21. All letters on this week’s news must be mailed to the Bulletin on or before midnight Monday, December 24. And if your letter warrants, Santa Claus will be climbing down your chimney.

Remember, the winners of the fifth news contest will be announced Friday. Today’s coupon is on the next page.

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