Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shalhevet Junior Wins City-Wide Israel Studies Competition

By Dupé Aleru|June 12, 2011|11:05 a.m.
Shalhevet junior Josh Meisel brought home the bacon as he competed against other Jewish high school students in a city-wide competition called the “Israel Jeopardy Challenge”.

Sponsored by Bnei Akiva, the annual “Israel Jeopardy Challenge” tested student’s knowledge of Israeli history and culture. Furthermore, the final competition, hosted by B’nai David-Judea Congregation on Pico Boulevard, took place Yom Yerushalayim (June 1st this year)—the anniversary of the day Jerusalem was reunited during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Shalhevet went head to head with students from YULA in an intensive academic marathon that consisted of three elimination rounds. Shalhevet’s four finalists were Josh Meisel, Ariella Joffe, Michael Silver and Adam Ashkenazi. 

And the winning question…“At which Zionist World Congress was the Jewish Agency founded?” Meisel’s answer...the event took place at the 16th Congress.

“It felt great to win because I was representing Shalhevet,” said Meisel, who had woken up at 3 a.m. that morning to study. “When you put in hard work, you get results.” 

Meisel was awarded a free round-trip ticket to Israel in addition to an exemption from his final exam for his Modern Middle East class. 

Participating schools included Shalhevet, YULA Girls, YULA Boys, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, Maimonides Academy and Yeshivat Yavneh.  

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