(JTA) — An Israeli teenager won the International Bible Contest in Jerusalem, with a New York teen finishing second.
Elhanan Bloch was the best among the 56 competitors from 24 countries who competed Thursday, ahead of Akiva Abramovitz of Brooklyn.
The Bible competition is held annually on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.
Bloch also took the religious Israeli schools contest.
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael KKL-JNF hosted the students. The contest followed a three-week trip throughout Israel sponsored by KKL-JNF, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Israel Defense Forces Education Office.