ETGAR FOSTERS JEWISH LEARNING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS THROUGH AN INSPIRING, TEAM-BASED INTER-SCHOOL QUIZ COMPETITION FOR 10 YEAR OLDS (YEAR 5)

We provide a Jewish General Knowledge handbook for all students in Year 5 which contains all the information that pupils will need to answer the questions in the quiz. (We are indebted to Rabbi Ebrahimoff and the Independent Jewish Day School for allowing us to use their guide as the basis for the Etgar handbook.)

This annual event was launched in July 2013 with a competition for over 200 children, and more than 450 children attended the second Etgar Challenge in July 2014. The Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and His Excellency Daniel Taub, the Israeli Ambassador spoke and presented prizes. The event has continued to grow and has always been attended by many dignitaries including the current Chief Rabbi and the Israeli Ambassador. Last year’s event in 2017 was our biggest ever – with over 900 children, from 27 schools across the UK and one from Israel. We were delighted that Chief Rabbi Mirvis, His Excellency Mark Regev, Rabbi Dweck, and Stephen Pollard (editor of the Jewish Chronicle) attended the event and presented prizes to the winning teams. To view photographs and a short film of these events, please see our gallery.

Etgar offers many benefits to the Jewish schools that participate:

  • Motivation – Etgar is a major event which gives teachers a unique opportunity to motivate students in their Jewish learning both in school and at home
  • Inclusive – with teams of children, pupils of all abilities can participate. No child will feel exposed in a large team where questions are answered by the team as a whole.
  • Flexible – schools can enter as many children as they want in teams of up to 10; the whole year could participate.
  • Fun – the questions are posed in challenging and interesting ways, testing different skills including literacy, creativity, numeracy as well as memory.
  • Professional – the event is highly professional and there are proper refreshments for the teams and the audience.
  • Minimal cost – entry to Etgar is only £9 for each child for all schools that take part.

EVERY SCHOOL THAT PARTICIPATES RECEIVES THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT:

Handbooks – every pupil in Year 5 will receive a copy of the Etgar General Knowledge Handbook

Weekly Challenges – teachers will receive challenges each week to help them prepare for the quiz. Children can also discuss them with their families over the Shabbat table.

Support – Please contact info@etgar.co.uk if you have any questions.

Jo Rosenfelder

Jo has spent her professional career in a variety of commercial roles in the television industry, first as a senior lawyer for Channel 4 and latterly as the Commercial Director of Maverick Television, part of the All3 Media group.

She is the Vice Chairman of the Trustees of Tzedek, a Jewish education and development charity; works on a variety of projects with the Jewish Leadership Council; and has been active in a number of other communal education initiatives, including as a member of the Advisory Board of the Union of Jewish Students. Before succumbing to the law and media, Jo spent many hours devising curricula and teaching Jewish studies to children – both in the UK, and as Head of Jewish Studies at the Sharon School Harare, Zimbabwe.

Adam Taub

Adam is a Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies where he has taught for over 10 years. He co-developed the Tanach B’Shanah course with Rabbi Rafi Zarum, which reviews the whole of the Bible in a series of 25 sessions.

Based on the teaching of Rabbi Dr Irving Jacobs, a previous Head of Jews College, Adam developed a year-long course on the Sages of the Mishnah which describes the upheaval that followed the destruction of the Second Temple

Adam has also taught a year-long course on Midrash at LSJS. He is also on the faculty of the London Jewish Cultural Centre where he has taught a course entitled “Why be Jewish?”

Anita Gee

Anita is the Project Co-ordinator for Etgar.

She started her career in Jewish youth work, before spending many years in the wider community  delivering educational programmes in primary schools.

Anita has considerable experience of training children, young people and adults, including working in Jewish schools. She also organised inter-school events for London schools at City Hall.

Throughout her working career, she has remained actively involved in the Jewish community, supporting young people and developing local youth initiatives.