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Bible Quiz a nail-biting adventure

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This year, I got into the final round for the top 16 contestants in the International Bible Quiz, broadcast live on Yom Ha’atzmaut on 15 April.

The Bible is the greatest compendium of tales ever compiled, with murder, infidelity, bloodshed, sibling rivalry, deceit, love, war – every plot twist imaginable.

The South African finalists included Liron Krawitz from King David Victory Park, Temima Goldfein from Hirsch Lyons, and myself, representing King David Linksfield.

The highest achievers usually embark on a two-week Tanach camp in Israel. My brother, who represented South Africa in the quiz in 2019, described the camp as the best two weeks of his life. But the intrusion of COVID-19 meant that the camp translated into a five-hour online tour on Zoom. I felt invigorated seeing the battlefield where young David vanquished the giant, Goliath, but honestly, it didn’t replace the in-person camp we’d been looking forward to for so long.

It was exciting to be broadcast on Israeli television. While sitting there, I received pictures of my friends watching me from a projector in the school hall. My heart swelled as I realised how many people across the world were supporting me. I felt honoured to represent my school and my country.

On the eve of the finals, I received a heart-warming message from Rabbi Gary Braude, who said, “I hope that the more you learn, the more you will see that the Tanach is an unfinished book, a story of the Jewish people that continually unfolds with all the modern miracles and challenges as occurred in biblical times. I hope you will see yourself as having a chapter to write in that narrative.”

It wasn’t what I dreamed about when I watched my brother in Israel two years ago, but it was a special and a pivotal moment in my life.

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Yeshivah stories pack a message of hope

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Yeshiva College Primary School staff started the term by partnering with Read for Hope to prepare and distribute 20 story packs. Read for Hope is an educational initiative that offers readings to underprivileged communities and schools by people around the world, who record and share audio and video of children’s stories.

Every pack included a video recording of a story, a worksheet, an activity relating to the story, and of course, a treat for every child. The teachers worked in pairs to create their packs.

The packs were received with gratitude and appreciation. A small amount of effort can have a lasting impact.

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KDL rises to honour Hatzolah

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In response to our community’s continuing struggle with COVID-19, King David High School Linksfield recently ran a challah bake to pray for those in need and to honour the selfless work of Hatzolah.

This organisation is a constant source of light and a pillar of strength in the community, and has helped nearly 6 000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.

The school raised nearly R22 000 for this unbelievable organisation. A huge thank you to everyone who made it happen, and of course, a massive thank you to Hatzolah.

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KDVP pupil’s Gulag project wows international judges

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Adam Bertoldi (King David High School Victory Park) beat thousands of contestants around the country for first place in the 2021 South African National Geography Olympiad.

Round one of the Olympiad took place on 18 May 2021 and round two, a written task, was held on 23 June 2021.

The second round, in which 2 231 pupils participated, required the submission of a research project. Adam submitted a geography project on the Gulags of the Soviet Union. It was assessed internationally, and they were extremely impressed with the standard. Adam has won an ESRI GIS (geographic information system mapping) course worth R10 000.

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