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Benetar, Keri, and Turoff Share Cole Essay Cash Prizes

At a time when many adults are concerned about Jewish continuity, Marilyn and Stuart Cole also want young adults to think about their futures —offering them cash incentives to give this serious thought.

Fourteen college-bound high school seniors recently took them up on their offer, writing about their plans to personally nurture their Jewish identities as freshmen.

Two of the top three essays are published on page. First place co-winners were Naomi Benatar an Upper Arlington High School senior, headed to The Ohio State University, and Nathaniel Keri, a senior at Columbus Torah Academy who will be spending next year in Israel. The third prize-winning essay was submitted by Bexley High School senior, Lindsey Turoff, who will start the Columbus State Preferred Pathway Scholar Program next Fall.

According to Stuart Cole, “We’ve sponsored this for the past eight years in memory of my parents. Marilyn and I encourage the Class of 2015 to put on your thinking caps and examine how you’ll perpetuate your Jewish knowledge and practice as a college freshman, and why.”

Read the 2014 Cole Essay Contest winning essays.

For more information contact Susan Tanur, Columbus Jewish Foundation Director of Grants, at (614) 338-2365.