“THE CONTEST STRENGTHENS JEWISH IDENTITY AND CONNECTION TO OUR SHARED HERITAGE.” 

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT

RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network has selected four Weber School students as winners in their prestigious annual Hebrew Poetry Contest along with three honorable mentions. They are: Idan Livnat (1st place: high school, native), Ilan Palte (1st place: high school, non-native), Rachel Jones (2nd place: high school, non-native), Dotan Brown (honorable mention: high school, native) and Alan Ilyayev, Bonnie Simanov and Tova Beeber (honorable mentions: high school, non-native).

The contest is divided into six categories, one each for a native (i.e. a student with at least one Israeli parent) and a non-native Hebrew speaker in RAVSAK elementary schools (grades K-5), middle schools (grades 6-8), and high schools (grades 9-12). First-place entries receive an age-appropriate book in Hebrew and a $50 gift certificate to Sifriyat Ami, and all winners have their works highlighted on the RAVSAK website and in its prestigious journal HaYidion.

The RAVSAK Hebrew Poetry Contest is a unique opportunity for day-school students to expand their ability to express themselves in Hebrew and increase their knowledge of Hebrew words and expressions. This year, RAVSAK provided schools with a curriculum of Hebrew poetry containing poems ranging from the Tan”akh (acronym for Torah, Nevi’im (prophecies) and Ktuvi’im (the writings)) to contemporary Israel, complete with explanations and writing activities.

Renowned Hebrew poet Janice Silverman Rebibo, Senior Program Officer and Technology Director at Hebrew at the Center, served as judge for the 2014 contest.

“The RAVSAK Hebrew Poetry Contest not only helps students develop their Hebrew fluency and creativity, but strengthens their Jewish identity and connection to our shared heritage. Using language skills developed in the classroom and/or at home, students become more connected to the expressive power of Hebrew and gain a stronger appreciation for Judaism,” said Dr. Marc N. Kramer, Executive Director of RAVSAK.

About RAVSAK
RAVSAK is a 21st century network of 130 Jewish day schools throughout North America and the world. RAVSAK creates and manages high quality, cutting-edge opportunities fostering learning and professional growth for administrative leaders, teachers and students and works to strengthen and sustain the Jewish life, leadership and learning of community day schools, ensuring a vibrant, Jewish future.