The Second Hebrew Regional for both High School and Middle School students has been sent out! The test will be on all of Shemuel Bet. Good luck to all Chidoners! Nationals are inching closer…
This year’s national Chidon Ha’Tanakh competition will be held at Manhattan Day School on May 15, 2016.Thanks to all of those who provided me with extremely valuable feedback about the previous regional test and for those who contacted me about their date preferences for the national competition.
Otherwise, here’s an additional reminder that our next Hebrew Regional Test will be on February 3rd covering the entirety of Shemuel Bet.
Also, stay tuned for an exciting addition to the Chidon. I hope to post installments of 1-2 Chidon questions every week starting the new calendar year.
Please continue to be in contact with me at Dovin@jafi.org
The following was sent out as a mass email this morning. If you did not receive this email and you are a teacher/coach for a chidon group please be in contact with me at email@example.com to ensure that you stay to up to date on all Chidon activities…
Thank you for participating in what is sure to be another excellent year of the Chidon Ha’Tanach.We hope yours and your student’s preparations for this year’s first regional test have been going well. We have a record number of schools registered for the Chidon this year, and we’re excited to get the year started with our first regional test.
The following are some important bits of info for this coming week.
First Regional Test
The first regional test is scheduled to be administered on Wednesday, December 3rd.The first test will be sent out to all teachers this coming Tuesday morning.Ideally, all schools should administer the test this coming Wednesday and report their grades by the weekend. However, if a school has specific time constraints, the test can be administered at a later time. Please ensure that the grades to the test are handed in, at latest, by Wednesday December 9th.
Please be in touch with me directly if this poses a serious issue.
Helpful Material for Test Preparation
The format and content of the test will be similar to the Regional tests from previous years.For a sample test from previous years on this year’s material see here.Check out our website here, especially under the “Old Exams” tab, for some helpful material for this year’s Chidon. For those who would like some more directed last minute preparation for the test, Dvir Dimri (who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org) has offered to run a free video conference on Tuesday Night at 7:30 PM (Easter Time Zone). The information regarding this video conference as well as a sample test created by Dvir are appended to this email.
If you have received this email, you can assume that your school/club/independent study has been officially registered.
We’re in the midst of booking a location for this year’s national competition. At the moment, there are two potential dates for the weekend, the weekend of May 7th or the weekend of May 14th. Please respond as soon as possible if either of these dates presents a serious problem for your school. We will try to accommodate as many schools as possible.
Some Last Tidbits of Information
I look forward to being in close contact with each of you over the course of this and many coming fruitful years of Chidon studies (for a bit about myself see here).Please don’t hesitate to be in contact with questions, concerns, and general suggestions/advice. Rabbi Frazer passed over much of the Chidon “mesorah,” but I really look toward you, the teachers, to partner with me in continuing to make the Chidon the enriching and inspiring educational program it has always been and will continue to be. As we all know, the secret to the Chidon’s success are it’s passionate and committed teachers. Thank you for nurturing another generation of students committed to (and well versed in) our “Sefer Ha’Sefarim.”
Looking forward to working with each of you,
Coordinator –US Chidon Ha’Tanach
Contact Info: DoviN@jafi.org
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Effective August 31st, I am stepping down as coordinator of the US Chidon. It has been a wonderful experience over the past 7 years to see our best and brightest youth study Tanach with such passion. I am excited to inform you that the Jewish Agency has found an excellent new coordinator, Dovi Nadel. Dovi is a former Chidon champion himself and is currently studying toward a Masters degree in Bible at Yeshiva University. Dovi has assisted me at the Chidon finals for several years, so he understands the event’s inner workings. I am confident that his love of Tanach in general and the Chidon in particular will leave the US Chidon in good hands.
With the 2015 Chidon behind us, I am posting links to news articles about this year’s Chidon. If you know of any other links, please send them to me.
- Cleveland Jewish News article about Spencer Kawalek’s performance in US National Chidon
- Jewish Link article about Ben Kepecs’ performance in International Chidon
- Jewish Link article about Tehila Kornwasser’s performance in International Chidon
- Philadelphia Jewish Exponent article about Noah Notis’ performance in US National Chidon
- Jewish Standard article about performance in US National Chidon
- Jewish Link article about performance of several Teaneck, NJ, contestants in US National Chidon
- Jewish Link editorial praising the consistent success of New Jersey youth in the Chidon