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Press Release – 2 November 2006

Bible Quiz 2006

More than 120 people sat on the edge of their seats at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre on Sunday October 22, for the state and national finals of the Jewish Youth Bible Quiz.

Beth Rivkah Ladies College took top honors for the second consecutive year, with Yonina Garfield winning 1st place, and Tali Feiglin (Leibler Yavneh College) and Yakir Tzvi Landau (Yeshivah College) achieving 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

Yonina wins an all-expenses trip to Israel and together with Tali and Yakir, will attend the preparatory camp in Israel next year, in anticipation of the international Bible Quiz final, which will take place on Yom Ha’atzmaut 2007 and be screened on Israeli national television.

Moderator Rabbi Yaakov Sprung presided over the competition, which was judged by Geoffrey Bloch, Haya Mond, Shavi Slodowitz and Shira Wenig who also wrote the complex and comprehensive test.

“Beth Rivkah College is thrilled with Yonina’s win”, said Sima Paltiel, Head Teacher at Beth Rivkah Ladies College, adding that 14-year Yonina excels in all areas of her studies and is a quiet and modest achiever. Yonina was also highly encouraged by previous Beth Rivkah winner, Ronit Travers.

For Tali Feiglin’s family, her 2nd place achievement was of particular excitement, celebrating two generations of Bible Quiz success. Tali now follows in her father Adrian’s footsteps, himself a Bible Quiz national finalist in 1978 and first place achiever in 1979, going on to the international finals in Israel, which he remembers fondly as an “…amazing experience” and knows his daughter will equally delight in.

Finalists, Nathan Joel, Nomi Kaltmann and Yaelle Rosenblum, all from Leibler Yavneh College also contested the tough competition.

The Bible Quiz is indeed a labour of love for those students who choose to participate. Schools who partake in the annual quiz do not devote study time during school hours to the syllabus. This makes the efforts of the conscientious youngsters who competed on Sunday all the more commendable.

The Youth Bible Quiz was organized and supported by the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) and the State Zionist Council of Victoria (SZCV).

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