Back for its fourth year, the annual Kosher Essay Contest, run by the Orthodox Union (OU) for students in grades 7-12, is focused on the goal of engendering a deeper appreciation of kashrut. Students across North America are invited to send in their submissions by March 30, 2012.

Winners will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Eichlers.com, a leading Judaica website, and will have their essays published online at oukosher.org. Grand Prize winners will be invited to record their essays on OURadio.

Among the suggested topics in the essay contest are: “How Does Eating Kosher Enhance Your Jewish Identity?”; “What Does the Kosher Symbol on the Label Mean to Me?”; “I Personally Identify With Kosher Because…”; “I’m So Lucky That I Keep Kosher! Let Me Tell You What Happened – One time…” Essays should range from 750-1000 words.

For further information, contact Rabbi Eliyahu Safran at Safrane@ou.org.