Students Compete in 49th Annual Bible Contest

Alongside barbecues and air force fly-bys, the International Bible Contest is another Independence Day institution.

This, the 49th year of the event, saw Elchanan Bloch, 17, from Netivot, walk away with first place and the free tuition at Bar-Ilan University that accompanies the prize. Akiva Abromovitz from New York was this year’s runner-up.

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar opened Thursday’s event at the Jerusalem Theater, and spoke of the unique connection of the Jewish people to the Bible.

“This contest is always an exciting event, and reminds us who we are: the people of the book,” he said. “It reminds us that we all have a shared inheritance, one destiny and a shared destiny.”


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