Bar-Ilan University’s Lookstein Centre launches educational challenge

February 21, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education of Bar-Ilan University has launched a new educational project to celebrate Israel’s upcoming 70th anniversary.

Educational challenges will be emailed daily to all individuals and schools that sign up, seventy tasks in total. These games will be accessible online for the duration of the celebrations and beyond.

The 70 five-minute challenges about Israel, offered in four grade levels, will be in the form of puzzles, quizzes, memory games, word search, fill-in-the-blank, riddles and other styles. Schools and individuals will be able to compete with others worldwide, and win points.

Some quizzes will be in the form of true and false.  For example, younger students will be asked if it’s true or false that Arabic is an official language in Israel; Sunday is a working day in Israel; Be’er Sheva has Israel’s largest beach; Druze Arabs serve in Israel’s army; Most of Israel is desert.  Older students will be asked if it’s true or false that Jerusalem is Israel’s most populated city; Israel’s Declaration of Independence was announced in Jerusalem; A Jewish American was Israel’s first army general; Israel is bigger than New Jersey, and more.

“This is a great, fun, educational way to engage children and teens worldwide in the upcoming Yom HaAtzmaut [Independence Day] celebrations,” said Rabbi Yonah Fuld, Lookstein’s educational director. Adds Moshe Abelesz, “These 70 challenges for 70 days are a great way to involve kids, teachers, principals, and parents in a way that is not too time consuming and, it is free.”

Schools and individuals can learn more and/or sign up at any stage of the challenge, at The project will officially launch on February 25.

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