Submissions continue to pour in for the fourth annual Jewish Kids Got Talent competition, as children worldwide, from all across the religious spectrum, jump at the opportunity to share their abilities with the world.
Rabbi Yosef Konikov, whose sons Mendy and Levi Konikov took first place last year with their magic show, had high praise for the annual event.
“It is a great opportunity for kids to express themselves and compete in a fun Jewish atmosphere and boost their self esteem in a modest and positive way,” said Rabbi Konikov, “It was exciting for their family, friends and community who were rooting for them, and were so thrilled when they won.”
More importantly was the spirit in which the contest was conducted.
“They didn’t make the kids into idols or stars or anything,” said Rabbi Konikov. “You don’t need to be a prodigy to take part in this competition. If you’re creative, musically inclined, academic, or talented in any other way, you can partake. Their goal is to give you an opportunity to express your unique talent or ability in whatever capacity it may be.”
In fact, while Jewish Kids Got Talent gives boys and girls the ability to demonstrate their creativity and talents in the Hand category, children also have the opportunity to display their compassion and achievements, in the Heart and Head categories, giving an even greater number of youngsters the opportunity to express themselves.
Also taking top honors in last year’s event was Mordechai Razrieli of Israel, who lost twenty pounds as part of a plan to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Jaydon Levitt of San Diego, who volunteers with special needs children and advocates for them took home last year’s grand prize, a trip to Israel.
It is the emphasis on childrens’ many abilities that gives Jewish Kids Got Talent its wide appeal. From videos to community projects, from miniature scholars to pint-sized Picassos and Pavarottis, this unique platform gives kids ages five through fourteen the ability to shine.
One twelve year old girl impressed judges with wisdom beyond her years.
“Judaism connects belief with action,” wrote Anna Lagunova. “When we perform good deeds, we tip the balance of the world towards good and if we do evil, it goes the other way. Thus, our acts can tip the balance of the world; in favor of good or evil! It is a great way to envision how powerful each of us is to affect the world and those around us.”
The deadline for submissions for Jewish Kids Got Talent is November 13th. The top thirty entries will be determined by vote on the contest website with contest judges selecting their three favorites in each category. Each of the nine finalists will be flown to New York City for the December 9th grand finale taking place at the Tzivos Hashem dinner. The three winners, to be chosen by the dinner guests, will each receive $1000 for their school or favorite organization plus $500 for themselves. Additionally, the top ten contestants in each category will win $100 and six tickets to the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights.
Join the competition! Enter your talent at www.JewishKidsGotTalent.com.
Estee is a ping pong phenomenon. She’s been playing since she was 7 and is now 12 years old. She practices almost every day of the week except on Shabbos with professional coaches. At the 2012 US Nationals in Las Vegas, she made it to the final 16, when her next match was scheduled for Friday night. She was defaulted, as she does not play on Shabbos, and for this she received national acclaim.