Int’l Bible Contest: Israeli Elhanan Bloch crowned winner


Bloch, 17, from Netivot, was declared winner of the 49th International Bible Contest, one of Independence Day’s major traditions, after holding on to steady lead throughout competition
Kobi Nahshoni

The 49th International Bible Contest (Chidon HaTanach), one of  


Netanyahu, who will ask the prime minister’s question, arrived at the theater after taking part in a ceremony at the President’s Residence where Shimon Peres gave out awards for excellence to 120 troops. Netanyahu’s own son came in third place in the bible contest two years ago. 

הזוג נתניהו ושר החינוך סער בחידון (צילום: אוהד צויגנברג)

PM Netanyahu with wife, Sarah and Minister Sa’ar at the contest (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)


The National Bible Contest winners – Avshalom Adler and Elhanan Bloch – are both students at the same school, the Yeshiva High School of Yeruham. The two are representing Israel in the competition alongside other contestants from Israel, Turkey, South Africa, France, Costa Rica, Panama and more.



The winner of the international competition receives a full scholarship for undergraduate studies at Bar Ilan University. The annual contest is organized by the IDF Chief Education Officer, the IDF Rabbinate, the Defense Ministry, Education Ministry, the Jewish Agency and the JNF (KKL).