Talmud Israeli Begins a Bright New Era in Day School Gemara Learning
Meir Jakobsohn, CEO of Medison Pharma Ltd. and Founder of Talmud Israeli, is delighted that the organization is breaking new ground with innovative learning around the world.
New York, NY (4/8/19) - One hundred enthusiastic middle-school students representing elite Day Schools in the New York Metropolitan area met today, competing to attain the title of Gemara Champions as they demonstrated their knowledge of Talmud and Israel in a new Gemara Challenge. These lucky students enjoyed a fun-filled educational experience at Westchester Day School, on the shore of Long Island Sound. Each team answered a series of ever-more challenging questions regarding Gemara material, as well as questions about modern Israel. Capping off this unique educational endeavor was a beach-side barbecue hosted by Talmud Israeli, sponsor of the Challenge.
This was the first time in North America, that a team-based competition combining Talmudic material and Israeli history was organized. The Talmud Israeli Challenge is a new school-based program that offers learners the opportunity to not only successfully master Talmudic material but also Israeli history. The participating schools are: Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB), The Jewish Educational Center (JEC), Ramaz, Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy (SAR), Westchester Day School (WDS), and The Yavneh Academy.
Talmud Israeli Founder and Editor-in-chief, Meir Jakobsohn, commented, “It was so moving to see students displaying such extensive knowledge of Talmud. By bringing the wisdom of the Talmud to learners in a fun and enjoyable manner, Talmud Israeli will strengthen Jewish identity and knowledge and nurture a love of learning. And, as an Israeli, it was a genuine thrill seeing American kids knowing and caring so much about Israel.” Jakobsohn was delighted by the fact that the participating students were so well-prepared and excited about their day of learning by the shore. Rabbi Josh Lookstein, Head of School at Westchester Day School said, "We are thrilled to be hosting the Talmud Israeli Challenge. Competition is a fun way for children to learn and we are so excited for the inaugural event.” Gal Naor, Chairman of Talmud Israeli in North America adds, “it has been my honor to bring Talmud Israeli to English-speakers around the world. I am inspired by how the participants enthusiastically demonstrated their dedication to learning at the Talmud Israeli Challenge’s first meet”.
* The first round of the of the Talmud Israeli Challenge tested the participants on their knowledge of the first half
of the Tractate of Bava Kamma, as well as details of Israeli history from 1948-1982.
* The competition concluded with a lightening round for the top players from each team.
About Talmud Israeli: Talmud Israeli is an innovative educational program combining the study of Talmud with Torah, modern Jewish history and Israel, with the goal of strengthening Jewish identity, connections to Israel, and ahavat ha’aretz among learners around the world. Talmud Israeli makes complicated Talmudic material accessible, understandable and enjoyable for learners of all ages by explaining one concept from each daf of the Gemara. Over the past two years, Talmud Israeli - Daf Yomi For Us, the English branch of Talmud Israeli, has developed and customized material for English-speaking learners around the world.
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