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April 6, 2018  RSS feed
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Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay students shine at international Mitzvot study contest


Above, Hebrew Academy students who attended the New York Shabbaton and Chidon Tournament: (L-R) Rochel Rubashkin, Chana Dubrowski, Chaya Backman, Nissi Yarmush and Daniel Yehuda. Above, Hebrew Academy students who attended the New York Shabbaton and Chidon Tournament: (L-R) Rochel Rubashkin, Chana Dubrowski, Chaya Backman, Nissi Yarmush and Daniel Yehuda. Three Hebrew Academy Tampa Bay students earned high honors in an international Torah study contest that brought together about 1,000 boys and 1,000 girls from 75 schools around the world.

During two Shabbaton weekends in New York – one for the boys and another for the girls – the students were tested and those who qualified got to serve as student representatives on stage in a Quiz Bowl style team game show and in the competition for medals and higher trophies.

The contest was based on the study of the 613 Mitzvot as presented by the Rambam – Maimonides – in The Book of Mitzvos. The International Chidon Tournament is put on annually by Chabad Lubavitch and involves thousands of students from across the globe hoping to earn the right to represent their hometown in the New York finals.


Fourth grader Nissi Yarmush on stage receiving his silver trophy. Fourth grader Nissi Yarmush on stage receiving his silver trophy. One of the local students, Nissi Yarmush, won a silver trophy for getting the second highest fourth grader score out of the 540 taking the final test. Nissi also won a separate prize for being on the game show’s winning team.

Others receiving recognition at the competition were fifth graders Chaya Backman and Daniel Yehuda, both receiving a gold medal for attaining an 85 percent score or higher on their final test.

Two of three other Hebrew Academy students who scored high enough on three preliminary tests to qualify to attend the Shabbaton, fifth grader Rochel Rubashkin and fourth grader Chana Dubrowski, also traveled to New York. Another fifth grade student Yosef Korf, who qualified for the Shabbaton, did not attend.

The children studied the material for the contest in addition to their regular curriculum.

Besides the competition, the Hebrew Academy students enjoyed a “stupendous weekend filled with trips, activities and spirit, proud to represent their school as they met students from around the world and made new friends,” said Sulha Dubrowski, principal of the Hebrew Academy. “Hebrew Academy is extremely proud of its student representatives, all of whom were recognized at an assembly upon their return.”

Hebrew Academy is a Montessori Jewish day school offering classes through grade eight. The school is located at 14908 Pennington Road in northwest Hillsborough County. For more information, call (813) 963-0706.


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