395 girls were called to stage Sunday at the Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos final event in Crown Heights.
The award ceremony, which immediately followed the Chidon final game show competition, celebrated the accomplishments of chayolim from around the world.
“Each of these kids is here because they devoted all of their free time over the past six months to learning Sefer Hamitzvos,” announced Rabbi Yehoshua Lustig, event MC and principal of Oholei Torah.
Three different awards were presented: 209 plaques were awarded to any chayol who earned at least a 70% on Thursday’s final test. The 186 finalists who earned at least an 85% received a medal. The highest honor, coveted trophies, a new addition to this year’s Chidon awards, were handed out to the highest-scoring chayolim in each grade: a total of 28 honored chayolim.
“There is no doubt that their efforts this year in learning Rambam are giving the Rebbe much nachas,” says Rabbi Zalman Glick, director of Living Lessons foundation, publisher of the Yahadus curriculum.
“We could not be more proud of each and every finalist,” adds Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, executive director of Tzivos Hashem.
Gold Trophy Winners
Tzivia Osdoba, Bnos Menachem Crown Heights
Nechama Schochet, Bais Chaya Mushka LA
Hadassah Altein, Bais Chaya Mushka Toronto
Chana Glazman, MyShliach
Devora Leah Gurary, Beth Rivkah Montreal
Chaya Smetana, Beis Rivkah Crown Heights
Basya Nechama, Zalmanov MyShliach
Silver Trophy Winners
Musya Kaplan MyShliach
Ceita Shur Beth Rivkah Montreal
Esther Hadassa Pewzner, MyShliach
Goldie Shemtov, Beis Rivkah Crown Heights
Chaya Mushka Altein, Bais Chaya Mushka Toronto
Yehudis Goldshmid, Bais Chaya Mushka Crown Heights
Leah Shapiro, Cheder Lubavitch Morristown Girls
Miriam Greenberg, Ohr Temimim Buffalo, NY
Batya Hadad, Beis Rivkah Crown Heights
Chaya Rubin, Maimonides Hebrew Day School Albany
Bronze Trophy Winners
Minda Shur, Bais Chaya Mushka Toronto
Mushka Zaetz, Bais Chaya Mushka LA
Cherna Labkowski, Cheder Chabad Baltimore Maryland
Esther Rosenblum, Yeshiva School Pittsburgh Girls
Rashi Denburg, Hebrew Academy Margate Florida
Simmi Hershkop, Cheder Menachem Wilkes-Barre
Chaya Unsdorfer, Lubavitch Educational Center Florida Girls
Chana Brod, Beis Rivkah Montreal
Chaya’le Citron, Lubavitch Senior Girls London
Sossa Rosenberg, Cheder Lubavitch Morristown Girls
Esti Alperowitz, Lubavitch Senior Girls London