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Blue Box competition wows the judges




The pendant, made to scale using an old Jewish National Fund (JNF) postage stamp and Magen David charms, was made by Leah Bloch and Rebecca Kallner.

The competition, held on Tu B’Av, was the culmination of two months’ work by 105 Grade 5 pupils, who depicted the Blue Box in sculpture, painting and jewellery. More than 60 artworks were entered into the competition. Their work was guided by Enid Shapiro, the head of Hebrew at the school, JNF Education Officer Bev Price, and art teacher Tracy Enslin.

The competition was judged by Isla Feldman, national chairman JNF South Africa; Liat Amar Arran, shaliach of the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Kathy Kaler, chief executive of 101.9 ChaiFM.

Second prize went to Amber Rajak and Chiara Waksman, who made a sculpture titled Starry Night from shekels, wood, canvas, and glitter paper.

Third prize was awarded jointly to Mila Krost, Raquel Bravo, and Rebecca Rabinowitz, who made a sculpture of Lego titled History of the Blue Box, and Maya Lowenthal and Noa Belcher for their relief-painting of a Blue Box.

Special mention went to a sculpture made by Sasha Hatzkilson and Mecah Ash.

  • If you would like a Blue Box for Israel competition at your school, please contact Bev Price on 011 645 2579 or

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