Jewish Youth Art Competition

The 28th Annual B’nai B’rith Jewish Youth Art Competition 
Patron: Jeanne Pratt AC

The B’nai B’rith Youth Art Competition welcomes Bendigo Bank Community Bank Caulfield Park as its major sponsor of the 2023 exhibition.


1. Register your entry online by no later than 5th May 2023
2. Submit your artwork on 2nd June between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm
     Note:  Artworks will also be accepted on 5th June before 1:00 pm
3. Presentation of prizes will begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday 18th June


  • Painting / Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Animation / Video (NEW!)

Numerous Substantial Prizes:

  • Overall winner
  • Best work on a Jewish theme
  • Thalia Hakin Memorial Prize
  • Caricature / Portraiture Prize
  • Landscape Prize
  • Prizes in all age groups and categories

Age groups: 11-13 years, 14-15 years, 16-18 years

1. Register your entry
Registration closing date is 5th May 2023. Entries can be registered by students or their art teachers. Please click here to see the Conditions of Entry. Click here to register your entry.

2. Submit your artwork
Artworks are to be physically delivered to the Glen Eira Council gallery (Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield) on Friday 2nd June between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Entries will also be accepted on Monday 5th June between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Please note that late entries will not be accepted.   Please record your email address and a mobile phone number (together with the title of your artwork) on the back of your physical artwork.  These must be the same as the email address and mobile number you provided when you registered for the Competition. Each video / animation must not exceed 30 seconds duration and must be submitted on a portable storage device such as a memory stick.

Students may submit narrative statements to describe their artworks.  Narratives are optional.  The organisers will print all narrative statements and affix them next to the corresponding students’ artworks in the gallery.  Each narrative statement is limited to 900 characters, roughly equivalent to 150 words.   The deadline for submitting them is 1:00 pm on Monday 5th June.  Narratives must be submitted via the online Narratives Submission System which you can access here.

Presentation of artworks is important.  You may find the following guidance helpful.  Click here.

3. Awarding of prizes
Announcement of winning entries and presentation to prize-winners will take place at the Exhibition opening ceremony at the Glen Eira Council Gallery, commencing at 2:00 PM on Sunday 18th June 2023.  Cr Jim Magee, Mayor of Glen Eira, will officially open the Exhibition / Competition.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 9th June through to Sunday 2nd July 2023.  Artworks, together with participation certificates, are to be picked up from the Town Hall Gallery on Monday 3rd July between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM.


The following 2023 sponsors are also gratefully acknowledged for their generous support:

  • Bendigo Bank Community Bank Caulfield Park
  • David Southwick MP
  • Gandel Foundation
  • Gary Peer & Associates
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Jeffrey Wiener Art Initiative
  • Josh Burns MP
  • Lowe Lippmann Group
  • Melbourne Artist Supplies
  • Pratt Foundation
  • Scott Winton Insurance Brokers
  • Yossi Skurnik Art Initiative

Sponsors also include the following B’nai B’rith groups:

  • B’nai B’rith Victoria
  • Gesher-Rabin Unit
  • Hatikvah Unit
  • Melbourne Mitzvah Lodge
  • Raoul Wallenberg Unit
  • Unit Akiba


2022 Jewish Youth Art Competition

More than 50 artists received awards and prizes across in the 2022 Competition.

In addition to age and category prizes, a series of Memorial Prizes were also awarded:

  • The Morrie Gold Memorial Prize for the Overall Winner was awarded to Chana Pesha Faigenbaum – Year 11 – Beth Rivkah
  • The Jewish Theme Prize was awarded to Esti Schachter – Year 11 – Beth Rivkah
  • The Thalia Hakin Memorial Prize (Ages 11 – 13) was awarded to Tamar Gold – Year 8 – Beth Rivkah
  • The Raymond and Leah Black Prize was awarded to Isaac Cohen – Year 4 – Caulfield South Primary School
  • The inaugural Yossi Skurnik Memorial Prizes for Landscape awarded to: Leah Amzalak (Ages 11-13), Shoshana Krigsman (ages 14-15) and Michal Etzion (ages 16-18)

A complete list of the winners is included here.
Click here to view the Competition Catalogue.
Click here to view photos of the winning entries.


Background to the Competition

Morrie Gold was born in 1917 in Warsaw, Poland and immigrated to Australia in 1937.

Always a lover of the arts, his work was furthered by his artistic wife, Marie. As an art benefactor he contributed to the National Art Gallery of Victoria. His interest in fostering art in Jewish youth was prompted by watching his grandson’s artistic abilities developing. He realised that to encourage the interest and confidence of children in art there must be interaction with the public.

Having been a member of B’nai B’rith for some time, Morrie felt it was the right organisation to fulfil his wish of running an Annual Jewish Youth Art Competition.

Morrie Gold died in May 1993.  The annual Jewish Youth Art Competition was established through a bequest left by Mr. Gold to B’nai B’rith.

B’nai B’rith has taken up the challenge to organise and hold the exhibition each year.  The competition aims to promote artistic competence and a sense of unity among youth of various sections of the Jewish community.

It is open to Jewish youth between the ages of 11 and 18. Entries are divided into age groups 11 to 13, 14 and 15, 16 to 18.  In each age group there are six categories, namely: painting and drawing, mixed media, digital, sculpture, photography and video / animation. Students enter from Jewish day schools such as Beth Rivkah Ladies College, Bialik College, Leibler Yavneh College, Mt Scopus Memorial College, the King David School, Yeshivah College.  Students from state schools and other independent schools are also encouraged to enter.

The artworks are judged by a panel of professionals in the arts industry and prizes are offered in all categories and age groups. Over 200 artworks were submitted in 2022.