School Video Contest at National Finals

April 4, 2014

For the first time, this year’s Chidon National Finals will also include a video contest for schools.  Each school with a Chidon club can submit a video (3 to 5 minutes long) that answers the following question: Which character from this year’s Chidon material inspires you the most in your lives? Why and in what ways do they inspire you?

Read more about the contest here.

Registration Open for National Finals

April 4, 2014

Students who qualified for the National Finals can register here

You are welcome to view the video invitation below.

Chidon Invite 2014

As a reminder, the contest will be held at Manhattan Day School (310 West 75th Street, New York, NY 10023) on Sunday, May 11th from 9 AM to 3 PM. Registration will begin at 9 AM, and the opening assembly will begin at 9:30 AM. Your parents are welcome to attend the day’s program but will be required to remain outside of the testing areas during the written exam. The event should conclude by 3PM.

Connect on Facebook with a Chidon study group (organized by Rav Dvir Dimri, the Chidon coach at Hillel Torah Day School in Skokie, IL

Date and Location announced for 2014 US Chidon National Finals

December 16, 2013

The National Finals in both languages will take place from approximately 9AM to 3PM on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Manhattan Day School in New York and will cover the entire syllabus – including those chapters in Bereishit (Genesis) and Shoftim (Judges) that were not on the Regional Exams.

Media Coverage of 2013 US National Chidon

May 13, 2013

I will be posting links here for news reports of the 2013 US National Chidon:

1) The Jewish Standard’s article about winners from New Jersey
2) Jewish Voice and Opinion article about winners from New Jersey
3) Article from the Minnetonka Sun Sailor about English Middle School Champion Lincoln Bernhard.
4) Article from Bergen County Jewish Link about Tehila Kornwasser’s bat mitzvah project
5) YouTube video of 3rd Place Hebrew Middle School Champion Miriam Waghalter reflecting on her Chidon experience.

Chidon Finals Video Collage

May 6, 2013

You can view a musical slideshow of photos from this year’s Chidon in the

Chidon Finals 2013 Video Collage.

Thank you to Tamar Novick of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future for taking the photos.

2013 National Finals Take Place on May 5th

May 6, 2013

The Jewish Agency hosted the 54th annual US National Bible Contest this past Sunday at Yeshiva University in New York. The contest included 112 participants from throughout the United States in grades 6-11 who were selected from 240 students who took preliminary exams in their schools. All 112 participants received a free copy of Mitokh Ha’Ohel: Essays on the Weekly Parashah from the Rabbis and Professors of Yeshiva University

During the program, students were addressed by Rabbi David Horwitz, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva U., Mr. Arthur Sandman, Executive Vice President of the Jewish Agency, and Rabbi Neil Winkler of the Moriah School in Englewood.

Students competed in 4 Divisions – English Middle School, English High School, Hebrew Middle School, and Hebrew High School.

The top performers were as follows:

Hebrew High School

1. Asher Finkelstein YU High School for Boys

2. Dani Peyser Torah Academy of Bergen County (NJ)

3. Elisheva Friedman Reenas Bais Yaakov (NJ)

4. Benjamin Kepecs SAR High School (NY)

Hebrew Middle School

1. Asher Brenner YBH Hillel of Passaic, NJ Age: 13

2. Shira Orlian Yeshiva of Spring Valley – Bais Sara (Monsey, NY)

3. Miriam Waghalter Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy (LA)

4. Nechama Novick YBH Hillel

5. Tehila Kornwasser Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey

English High School

1. Yael Goldschlag Montgomery Blair H.S. (Silver Spring, MD) Age: 14

2. Sarah Goodman Park Synagogue (Cleveland)

English Middle School

1. Lincoln Bernhard Minnetonka MS,, MN Age 14, Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

2. Jacob Levine B’nai Jeshurun (Cleveland)

A photo of the first place winners is attached. The four of them will represent the US in the 2014 International Bible Quiz on Israeli Independence Day in Jerusalem.

A copy of the video questions that were asked in the final round appear below in a separate post.

Several Photos appear below. More photos appear under the Photos – תמונות Tab of our website.


The 4 first place winners - (from left) Asher Brenner, Lincoln Bernhard, Asher Finklestein, and Yael Goldschlag

The 4 first place winners – (from left) Asher Brenner, Lincoln Bernhard, Asher Finklestein, and Yael Goldschlag




Video Questions from 2013

May 5, 2013

Question #1
Question #2
from the video finals are both available online.


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