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The Bible is fascinating, says Grade 10 who got 100%

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“I have spent countless hours over the past year delving into the stories of the Tanach,” says Jake Weinstein, a Grade 10 student at King David Linksfield who last week achieved 100% at the Paul Abelman National Chidon Hatanach Bible Quiz, winning the competition.

Students from across South Africa participate in the annual quiz, which consists of three rounds, each round testing the knowledge of about 80 chapters. The top achievers fly to Israel, where they compete against a couple of hundred teens from across the world, with the syllabus covering 400 chapters. After a preliminary written test, the top 16 finalists are selected to participate in the International Chidon Hatanach (Bible Quiz) final, which is a televised highlight of Yom Ha’atzmaut.

“Please G-d, I will be able to represent King David Linksfield and South Africa next year at the international competition in Israel. I encourage as many King David students as possible to participate in the quiz and engage in the exhilarating learning.”

In recent years, South Africa has had finalists reaching the international finals every year and winning the diaspora final quiz twice.

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  1. Anonymous

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Mazel tov on the achievement for standard grade level. Jake needs a higher grade level challenge by educators who can challenge him. Good luck.

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Sale of Herzlia Constantia secures UHS’s future

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United Herzlia Schools (UHS) has signed a deal with Rabie Property Group to develop a retirement village on the land previously occupied by the school’s Constantia campus, closed 18 months ago.

“To ensure the sustainability of the world-class education UHS offers its pupils, there had to be sacrifices. This came 18 months ago in the form of the closure of the Constantia campus,” UHS said on the sale.

A small section of the former Constantia campus has been retained for the Herzlia Kerem Pre-Primary campus. From there, children complete their schooling at Herzlia Highlands campus in the Cape Town City Bowl.

“It was very important to UHS and the broader community to retain the Constantia Hebrew Congregation in close proximity to our school,” UHS said. “It will be comfortably accommodated in this new section of our remaining property.

“This has been a difficult journey, but one that we are confident will see us continuing to do the best we can for the Jewish children of Cape Town.

“As our motto, taken from the wise words of Theodor Herzl, says, “Im tirtzu, ein zo aggadah” (If you will it, it’s no dream).” This dream will live on and grow for all our pupils.

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Endings and beginnings for Yeshiva’s class of 2021

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“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

That’s all, folks! The class of 2021 has bowed out after an intense matric year. Their final exam – on 24 November – behind them at last. A fitting send-off was held on campus last week in their honour, a tribute to a talented group of young adults in whom the Yeshiva College family takes tremendous pride.

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Alex kids to get library from King David

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King David Schools, in partnership with the King David Schools’ Foundation and Feed SA, will be donating a library, called the Kacev Family Library, to the Twala Centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The project was conceived to honour Rabbi Craig Kacev’s dedication and contribution to education in South Africa. Prior to leaving South Africa for Israel, Rabbi Kacev spent 18 years at the helm of the South African Board of Jewish Education (SABJE), and was known for his love of books and his passion for reading.

King David students have been collecting and sorting fiction, non-fiction, and educational books to donate to the library. It will be housed in a 12-metre-long insulated container which has been remodelled and fitted with electricity, lighting, carpeting, beautiful furniture, and bookshelves. The students will paint and decorate the exterior as part of an art project.

Once fully equipped, it will be transported to its new home in the Twala Centre (also known as the Alexandra Development Centre), a street away from the central shopping and commuting hub in Alexandra.

Lawrence Ruele will be tasked with the ongoing curatorship and maintenance of the library. He is the personal assistant and apprentice to Linda Twala, Alexandra’s well-known philanthropist, and vice-president of the We Love Alexandra Community Makeover Project. Under Ruele’s guidance, the library will also be cared for by the community. Several teachers, tutors, and youth have committed to assisting.

“King David Schools envisage the Kacev Family Library to be a warm, inviting educational space for the children of Alexandra to spend time reading, using their imaginations, and growing their education,” says Rabbi Ricky Seeff, General Director of the SABJE. “This long-term project is an ideal opportunity to encourage meaningful interaction and engagement between King David students and their Alexandra counterparts.”

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