DAT Middle School Student Wins First Place in National Chidon HaTanach Competition

Denver Academy of Torah middle school student Noah Hill took first place in the National Chidon HaTanach competition that occurred on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in New York. The National Chidon HaTanach is the US National Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. The competition tests students on details of stories in several books of the Bible. Day school students of all denominations take exams in Hebrew, with separate exams for middle school and high school students. Over 400 students participated in this year’s Chidon HaTanach, with over 175 national finalists competing in New York. 

Noah won 1st place for the 8th Grade Hebrew category. Noah, along with three other champions, will represent the United States in the International Chidon competition next year in Jerusalem, which is nationally televised in Israel on Yom HaAtzmaut.


We are extremely proud of Noah for this achievement as well as all of our other students who placed in the regional exam,” said Naomi Lev, Head of School at Denver Academy of Torah. “It is such a powerful statement that a student from Denver can compete at this level and win. This is a testament to the rigorous Hebrew and Judaic curriculum Denver Academy of Torah offers, first by focusing on Hebrew immersion, as well as a skills-based and intensive approach to Chumash, Navi, and Gemara. I would like to extend my appreciation to Rabbi Leib Zalesch, who coordinates the Chidon program for our school, and our entire Judaic Studies faculty for preparing Noah and all of our participants.”


Students at Denver Academy of Torah have consistently placed both regionally and nationally under the guidance of Mrs. Rivka Alter, Rabbi Hyiam Reiffman, and Rabbi Leib Zalesch. The school looks forward to many more successful participants in the years to come. 


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