Four Youths Win Jewish Agency’s National Bible Contest in U.S.

Four Jewish youngsters, three girls and a boy, were declared winners today in the fifth annual national Bible contest sponsored by the department of education and culture of the Jewish Agency. The aim of the contest is to “promote a greater interest in the Bible among students of Jewish schools in the United States and Canada, with a view to encouraging more extensive reading and studying of the Bible, and to strengthen the place of Bible studies in the curricula of Jewish schools.”

The winners were among 63 finalists, all aged 13-16, brought together for the last round in the contest at the Jewish Agency auditorium here yesterday. The 63 came from 29 U. S. and Canadian communities, and had won out in two earlier elimination rounds in which more than 15, 000 Jewish children had participated.

Two 15-year-old girls, Shoshana Bacon, of Springfield, Mass., and Miriam Friedman, of Minneapolis, shared the first prize in the intermediate Hebrew category. They will split a round-trip to Israel. The advanced Hebrew prize, also a round-trip to Israel, was won by Esther Rose Freilich, of Far Rockaway, N. Y. In the English-language category, the round trip to Israel was won by David Halperin, 16, of Levittown, Pa. Miss Freilich, as the winner in the advanced Hebrew category, will go to Israel next year to compete in the international Bible contest to be conducted in Jerusalem on May 6, 1965.

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