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Your face is a picture! Budding artists design masks for Israel

Youngsters across the country take part in JNF competition to increase their connection to the Jewish state during the pandemic

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

  • A plucky design by Penina, eight, from Hasmonean
    A plucky design by Penina, eight, from Hasmonean
  • Five-year-old Calderwood pupil Olivia was behind this mask
    Five-year-old Calderwood pupil Olivia was behind this mask
  • Noah, eight, from North Cheshire recalls government advice
    Noah, eight, from North Cheshire recalls government advice
  • This covering was designed by Brodetsky’s Monty, three 
    This covering was designed by Brodetsky’s Monty, three 
  • This was the design by Nancy Reuben pupil Levana, aged nine
    This was the design by Nancy Reuben pupil Levana, aged nine
  • Mathilda-Marks Kennedy’s Keitlin, seven, featured a hamsa 
    Mathilda-Marks Kennedy’s Keitlin, seven, featured a hamsa 
  • Mathilda Marks pupil James, eight, sectioned his design
    Mathilda Marks pupil James, eight, sectioned his design
  • Hannah, nine, from Hasmonean was behind this covering
    Hannah, nine, from Hasmonean was behind this covering
  • The entry by Elsie-Mae, 10, from Mathilda-Marks Kennedy
    The entry by Elsie-Mae, 10, from Mathilda-Marks Kennedy
  • The face covering by Eden, eight, from Etz Chaim 
    The face covering by Eden, eight, from Etz Chaim 

Budding artists have designed masks for children in Israel, as part of a new initiative from JNF UK.

Almost a thousand pupils from 14 schools across the country submitted their colourful creations for the charity’s Design A Mask For Israel Competition.

JNF UK is the country’s oldest Israel charity and aims to improve education and welfare, boost employment opportunities, healthcare and cultural activities for Israelis of all backgrounds and ages. 

Many of the schools taking part are JNF UK partner schools, receiving funding from the charity to promote their connection to Israel. 

The participating schools are Independent Jewish Day School; Hasmonean Primary School; Mathilda-Marks Kennedy; Brodetsky; Rimon; Yavneh Primary School; Calderwood; Simon Marks; North Cheshire Jewish Primary School; Etz Chaim; King David Liverpool; Beis Chinuch Edgware;
Nancy Reuben; and Sacks Morasha.

The winning design from each of the three age groups – three to five years, six to eight years and nine to 11 – will be chosen later this month by a panel of judges that includes cartoonist Zoom Rockman, who was employed by The Beano while at school, and Nic Abery, director and founder of LooktoLearn and creator of Israel70: Building Artistic Connections. All the winners will have their designs produced and distributed to schools in Israel’s peripheral regions. 

JNF UK said: “The hope is these colourful gifts will bring some joy in
areas that have been badly affected by the pandemic.”

Its CEO, Charles Lossos, said: “It’s been amazing to see the enthusiasm of so many children, parents and schools. 

“The vision of JNF UK’s education grants was to help bring the pupils in our schools closer to Israel, and this competition has shown how this is possible even during these challenging times.”

 For more details about JNF UK’s work, visit www.jnf.co.uk 

This was the design by Nancy Reuben pupil Levana, aged nine:

This was the design by Nancy Reuben pupil Levana, aged nine

 

The entry by Elsie-Mae, 10, from Mathilda-Marks Kennedy

The entry by Elsie-Mae, 10, from Mathilda-Marks Kennedy

 

Hannah, nine, from Hasmonean was behind this covering

Hannah, nine, from Hasmonean was behind this covering

 

Mathilda Marks pupil James, eight, sectioned his design

Mathilda Marks pupil James, eight, sectioned his design

 

Mathilda-Marks Kennedy’s Keitlin, seven, featured a hamsa 

Mathilda-Marks Kennedy’s Keitlin, seven, featured a hamsa

 

Noah, eight, from North Cheshire recalls government advice

Noah, eight, from North Cheshire recalls government advice

 

The face covering by Eden, 10, from Etz Chaim 

The face covering by Eden, eight, from Etz Chaim

 

This covering was designed by Brodetsky’s Monty, three 

This covering was designed by Brodetsky’s Monty, three

 

Five-year-old Calderwood pupil Olivia was behind this mask

Five-year-old Calderwood pupil Olivia was behind this mask

 

A plucky design by Penina, eight, from Hasmonean

A plucky design by Penina, eight, from Hasmonean
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