Melbournians may have had their eyes on the “race that stops the nation” in Melbourne, but in Sydney, our eyes were on the annual national Bible Quiz, which took place on Tuesday 5 November 2019 and was a fantastic display of the commitment of the contestants to their learning and to the Tanach.
The Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) conducts this Bible Quiz annually, the winners of which are privileged to attend the World Bible Camp and represent Australia in Israel at the International Chidon Tanach. This will take place on Yom Ha’atzmaut 2020 and is broadcast live on Israeli television. The international quiz and camp attended by participants from all over the world is run by the Jewish Agency for Israel in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Education and other organisations.
This year’s national quiz included seven participants from Leibler Yavneh College (Melbourne), Kesser Torah College (Sydney) and Moriah College (Sydney). The quiz was moderated by Dr. Miriam Munz, ZFA Education Chairperson, and judged by Rabbi Chaim Ingram. After a nail-biting afternoon with strong competition from all participants, first place was taken out by Yossi Bart from Leibler Yavneh College, second place by Amit Aronstam from Kesser Torah College and third place by Eitan Junger also from Leibler Yavneh College. All three have earned themselves a spot at the World Bible Camp, and a place in the Diaspora Quiz where they will fight it out for a spot in the International Quiz.
The Bible Camp is a fun, intensive and unique experience in itself, attended by dozens of representatives from Jewish communities around the world. It is an educational and social camp where participants learn about the Bible and then get the opportunity to explore and tour Israel.
Dr. Miriam Munz said, “It is inspiring to see the contestants level of knowledge and commitment to their studies. Their preparation was extraordinary and I commend Yossi, Amit and Eitan as well as the rest of the contestants for their dedication. They all certainly brought pride to their schools and their families and we wish the three finalists best of luck on the world stage in Israel.”