Chidon Ha’Tanach in the News!

May 22, 2016

Check out some recent articles written about the Chidon Ha’Tanach National Finals!

The following are links to articles in three local papers. Congratulations one more time to all of our National Finalists!

1.Jewish Standard

2. Baltimore Jewish Life

3. Jewish Link

150 National Finalists! Announcing our Winners!

May 16, 2016

Thank you to the 150 National Finalists who participated in this Sundays event. You could feel the energy in the room as 150 National Finalists from around the country came together for one day to display their mastery of over seventy chapters of the Tanach.  Each contestant received a beautiful certificate, a commemorative Tanach, and even had the chance to share some of their favorite pesukim with us on the wall. Over 350 people attended our closing ceremony! For those who were at the event and want to relive it and for those who missed out, we have some stunning pictures taken by our professional photographer David Khabinsky that can be found here.

This years winners were:


English Division

FIRST PLACE: Caleb Gitlitz from Beth Tfiloh

SECOND PLACE: Ryan Joseph from Beth Tfiloh

THIRD PLACE: Elianna Sokoler from Temple Aliya


Hebrew Middle School Division

FIRST PLACE: Uriel Simpson from Yeshivat Noam

SECOND PLACE: Tied for Second were Noah Hill from Denver Academy of Torah and Nathan Shapiro from Hillel Torah

THIRD PLACE: Shaya Berkowitz from Maimonides Academy


Hebrew High School Division

FIRST PLACE: Shlomi Helfgot from TABC

SECOND PLACE: Nechama Reichman from Manhattan High School

THIRD PLACE: Shira Orlian from Beis Yaakov of Spring Valley

FOURTH PLACE:Esther Werblowski from Reenas Beis Yaakov


Good luck to to Shlomi, Nechama, Uriel, and Caleb who will be our representatives in the international Chidon in Israel next year! Congratulations again to all of our National Finalists! See you next year. Time to start studying! Next year’s syllabus is up!


Noah Notis Places 5th, National Finalists Arrive in New York!

May 13, 2016
 The following is a link to yesterday’s Chidon Competition that took place on Yom Ha’Atzmaut: This is a link to the final round: We would like to congratulate our contestant, Noah Notis, on placing 5th in the world!  Also, the following is a link to a short “chidon” in hebrew  that came out on YNET yesterday:,7340,L-4802098,00.html.
We also  look forward greeting our National Finalists from around the county on Sunday. As a reminder, please refer to a previous email as well one of the posts below for important information regarding this Sunday’s competition.
Parents, the following is a reminder that at 10:00 AM (while contestants begin the first exam), Rabbi Helfgot will be giving a shiur in the auditorium entitled:”Isaiah: Vision of Redemption: Today and Tomorrow.
To everyone coming from far and from near, we look forward to greeting you at the National Chidon this coming Sunday. We are proud to call you America’s National Finalists.
Shabbat Shalom and see you at 9:00 AM on Sunday!
Dovi Nadel
Coordinator of National Bible Contest

Breaking News

May 9, 2016

Breaking news.

Jacob Miller , our American Representative, has won the “Chidon Tefutzot.” You can still watch the contest here. Tune in at the 1:37:00 mark to watch the final round. Be sure to tune in on Yom Ha’Atzmaut for the next competition!

Watch the International Chidon Ha’Tanach!

May 8, 2016

We currently have four contestant’s representing the United States in this year’s International chidon in Israel. For those interested, the Diaspora Quiz (the first competition) will be taking place in Afula on May 9th at 6:00 P.M Israel time. Jacob Miller will represent the United States in that competition.The following is a link to a live broadcast

The International Bible Contest on Israeli Independence Day will take place at 11:00 A.M Israel time and will be able to be found at the following site Noah Notis will represent the United States in that competition. You can generally watch a recording of the competition throughout the day.

Today, contestants in Israel visited the prime minister’s office. For more, see here.

Good luck to our representatives!

Important Info Regarding National Competition

May 4, 2016

The following email was sent out to all National Finalists. If you’re a national finalist and you or your parents did not receive this email, please be in contact with me.

Chidon  National Finalists, 

I hope your studies are progressing well!  You should be proud of yourselves for what you have learned, and for earning the title of Chidon National Finalist. I look forward to seeing you, our 140 Chidon National Finalists from around the entire country, assembled in one room in under two weeks. I would like to share a few important points with you in advance of the National Chidon on Sunday, May 15rd at Manhattan Day School (310 W 75th St, New York, NY 10023 )

The Competition

1)   Registration is from 9:00 A.M to 9:25 AM.  Please be prompt.

2)   At 9:25, we will begin the opening assembly, welcoming contestants from around the country and announcing regional champions. Contestants will be sent to the exam rooms at 9:45. The written contest will take place from roughly 9:45 AM to 12:15 PM. There will be 2 parts to the exam, with a short break in between them. Only actual contestants are allowed in the classroom area where the exams take place.

3)   After the exams, contestants can pick up a free pizza lunch. The pizza will be located in the same large auditorium in which the opening assembly took place.

4)   The closing assembly will begin in the auditorium at around 1:00PM. Parents, family, and friends are encouraged to attend.  At the closing ceremony, we will conduct the final round of the Chidon for the high scorers from the morning’s written tests. Chidon finalists who are not called up to the front for this final round will be able to text their answers in to video questions for a chance to win prizes as well. Be sure to bring a cellphone if you’d like to participate. Please Note: At this year’s assembly, every contestant will be called up and receive an individualized certificate and commemorative Tanach marking the accomplishment of being a Chidon National Finalist . The ceremony will conclude at 2:15 with the announcement of winners, and conclude by singing HaTikvah.

 Other Important Info

5)   Bring Pencils and Snacks: Please be sure to bring a #2 pencil, because the exam will require you to fill out a scantron form. In addition to bringing pencils, students are allowed to bring snacks with them into the testing area.

6)   Parking: Parking can be difficult in Manhattan. If you have a choice, I recommend using public transportation, with the 1 train being the closest subway line to MDS. There are several lots where you can pay to park near MDS, with High Rise Parking (210 West 71st Street) being the most affordable option that I know of.

7)   Minian: If anyone would like to pray Shacharit near the Chidon, the West Side Institutional Synagogue (120 W. 76th St., New York, NY 10023) has an 8:30 AM minyan and is a 5-10-minute walk from MDS.

8)    What to do during exam: While students are taking the written exams, we are honored that renowned Tanach educator Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot ( will be giving a shiur (lecture). The shiur will begin at 10 and will be open to parents of all backgrounds and knowledge levels. In addition, there are many interesting museums and attractions within walking distance of MDS, which you are welcome to visit while your children are taking the written exam ( the Museum of Natural History and Central Park are nearby).

9)   Food: We cannot provide free lunch for family members, or other non-contestants. However, there are several kosher eateries in that neighborhood. For recently-opened kosher eateries in the neighborhood, see For a more comprehensive list of Manhattan kosher restaurants with reliable kashrut supervision, see

10) Shabbat: Zippi Klein from Harkham Hebrew Academy has offered to put together a Seuda Shlishit together for Chidon contestants planning on spending the Shabbat in Teaneck. If you are interested in joining in, please be in contact with her at

See you soon!

Dovi Nadel

Coordinator of National Bible Contest