Yonatan Weissman with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he won the World Bible Contest on Independence Day, 2019.. (photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

The World Bible Contest for Youth at the Jerusalem Theater was won on Thursday by Yonatan Weissman, a 12th grader at Yeshivat Yerushalayim in Nechalim, who beat out 15 competitors from Israel and around the globe.

Jacob Colchamiro from Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, New Jersey, came in second place in the Bible contest finals.

The second-place finisher in the competition, Jacob Colchamiro from Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, New Jersey, missed only one question. Israelis took the third and fourth place spots.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yudi Edelstein, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Jewish Agency Member Isaac Herzog were just a few of the prominent figures that attended the event.

The World Bible Contest, according to the Jewish Agency website, is an annual event on Israel’s Independence Day that brings dozens of Jewish youth between the ages of 14 and 18 from around the world to test their knowledge on the Bible.

Weissman spent two and a half weeks at a Bible camp where students travel in Israel, learn about its history and meet with several government officials, including Netanyahu. Weissman defeated all other competitors from the National Bible Contest for State-Religious Schools.

He, along with the 15 other finalists, defeated in the semi-finals another 74 students from over 30 countries, including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and France.

Source: Jerusalem Post


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