March 24-27, 2022
Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2021
Registration is live for the 2022 Maimonides Moot Court High School Competition! Powered by Hadar and supported by Maimonides Fund, MMCC is the premier program for students to debate modern ethics using Jewish legal wisdom.
Here’s how the competition works: Every year, teams of students compete by responding to an ethical issue before a panel of expert judges. In the months leading up to the competition, students are provided a detailed case involving a contemporary ethical quandary. They collaborate under the guidance of an advisor to craft a written decision and oral argument based on a provided sourcebook of curated Jewish sources.
Following a spirited shabbaton celebrated in community, students debate their rulings in front of a panel of expert judges at the Sunday competition.
2022 Case Study
2022 Case: Is online shaming permissible for a greater cause?
Framed around a contested student-run social media page, the case challenges students to explore how Jewish laws around speech and shaming can be applied to a modern context. The full case and sourcebook will be distributed to registered teams in July.
- Designed for students of all backgrounds
- Meet hundreds of students from all over the world!
- Unique extracurricular for college applications
- Present arguments to a panel of expert judges
- All texts provided with English translation
Who is eligible to participate in the competition?
The competition is open to all high school students and designed to be a meaningful experience irrespective of the type of school one attends. Our 2021 online competition had over 175 students from North America, Israel, South Africa, and Australia.
Must student teams be affiliated with a school?
No! While most students form teams within their school, we welcome you to form a team with students who attend other schools. Synagogues, youth groups, supplementary programs, and other organizations are all welcome to field teams and participate in the competition.
How can I prepare for the competition if my school does not participate?
Come study with us virtually by signing up for the MMCC High School Cohort! This is a great opportunity to meet other high school students and explore the materials in preparation for the competition.
How many students compete on each team?
Student teams typically have 3-4 students.
Is there a cost?
The rate for this program is $1,700 for an organization’s first team and $1,200 per additional team. If a student registers individually without their school, or if a cohort is participating virtually, the cost is $350.
What is the structure of the competition weekend?
Programming begins on Thursday evening and continues through Sunday afternoon. The first three days are dedicated to community building, preparing for the competition, conversations around Jewish learning, and celebrating Shabbat. The actual competition will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.
When is the application deadline for the 2022 competition?
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2022.
What is the religious atmosphere of the Shabbaton?
MMCC is a pluralistic program that welcomes students across the full spectrum of religious observance. Our shabbaton is often a highlight of the experience for students of all backgrounds. Pearlstone is under OU kashrut supervision and all programming will be in accordance with halakha at all times. Multiple options are provided for prayer spaces to ensure there are appropriate options for everyone.
How can I find out more?
We’d love to tell you more about this program! Please reach out to Yitzhak Bronstein at [email protected] with any questions.