Over 70 trivia buffs and Jerusalem lovers gathered on Motzei Shabbat at Beth Weizmann Community Centre to participate in the Zionism Victoria’s Yom Yerushalayim Jerusalem Challenge. The event was co-hosted by The Jewish Agency for Israel and UIA.
In opening the evening, John Searle, Chairperson of Community Relations at Zionism Victoria, welcomed the crowd and spoke of the significance and importance of Yom Yerushalayim, which celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.
The Jerusalem Challenge was an entertaining way to mark the day and provided participants the opportunity to test their knowledge of Jerusalem, share in some friendly competition and pick up a few new bits of trivia to use in the future.
MC of the Jerusalem Challenge, Uri Levin, entertained and engaged the crowd throughout the evening. A challenge to one of his answers provided a cause for discussion (King Herod built the Second Temple, but Ezra and Nechemiah is also acceptable!), and bonus points were awarded for sharing Jerusalem’s hidden gems with the crowd.
Players had great fun creating some of Jerusalem’s most iconic buildings from modelling clay, with “The Mifletzet” in Rabinovich Park and the Montefiore Windmill featuring heavily. The Mount Scopus Sherut girls added to the lively atmosphere with some impromptu Israeli dancing before teams were invited to sing a few bars of their favourite Jerusalem song for bonus points.
The top three teams were all quite close with Team Machane Yehuda eventually earning an impressive 285 points to take out top honours. Prizes were awarded to the top three teams, and also some of the most valuable players.
It was evident everyone involved, even those not on the winning team, was enjoying the evening. Belinda Dishon, a member of the second-place team, Mea Shearim, had a great night out, saying “what a fun way to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim and learn a few new things about such an important city”.