TWO STUDENTS from the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth have ranked among the top three cumulative scorers in the U.S. Chidon HaTanach, the National Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. They are Shana Erblich of Hillside, a sophomore at JEC’s Bruriah High School for Girls, and Noah Pascher of Elizabeth, a freshman at JEC’s Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (RTMA) boys’ division.
Advancing through three levels of rigorous testing over the past months, four other JEC students have also qualified for the finals, which will take place at Manhattan Day School in New York on Sunday, May 14: Bruriah sophomore Mili Chizik of Highland Park and seventh-grader Shana Schwartz of Hillside; and RTMA freshman Ben Tziyon Kapustin of West Orange and eighth-grader Dovid Pascher of Elizabeth.
“Nothing makes us more gratified and inspired than students who go ‘above the code’ and spend whatever free time they have in mastering more of the Sifrei HaTanach,” said RTMA principal Rabbi Ami Neuman. “These students demonstrate how essential that learning is in our lives and they do so with real enthusiasm and energy.”