(JTA) — Jewish youth are gathering in Stockholm for the Jeurovision song contest.
Modeled after the popular Eurovision Song Contest, the 11th annual Jeurovision scheduled for May 9 will bring together hundreds of teenagers from across Europe to compete.
The contestants, all Bnei Akiva participants, will come from 10 countries: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Italy, Holland, Austria, Germany, Hungary and Belgium. The participants come from various religious and secular backgrounds and feature songs being performed for the first time.
The event is sponsored by World Bnei Akiva in cooperation with the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization.
Though last year’s French delegation won the contest, Bnei Akiva tapped Stockholm to host this year’s event in order to salute Scandinavian Jewry and as a way to respond to growing local anti-Semitism and anti-Israel rallies.