On March 13th, one hundred and ten Jewish schoolchildren marched into a Princeton, New Jersey ballroom for CKids’ annual JewQ International Torah Championship 5782 and took their places on the dais. They had spent months accumulating a considerable body of Jewish knowledge at their local Chabad Hebrew Schools, and now they were ready to show it off.
The children studied hard and passed multiple tests over the school year to qualify for the event. Their devotion was rewarded with a trip to New York, accompanied by their parents, for JewQ’s Shabbaton in Brooklyn. By the time they walked on stage, they had finished a weekend of exciting trips, meaningful meals, and special programming.
Rabbi Zalmy Loewenthal, director of CKids, says it was wonderful to behold. “Each child put an incredible amount of effort into this moment,” he says. “It’s so gratifying to see it all pay off for them.”
Rabbi Mendel Raskin, who runs JewQ International, had put hard work of his own into the event and was delighted to see it succeed. “I’m frankly inspired,” he says. “The children’s mastery of so much Jewish knowledge is incredible.”
Reflecting on bringing her three children to the event from Scottsdale, Arizona, one parent said her “JewQ Champions” are proud to claim this title. “They put a lot into this moment, and they had the most incredible time,” she said. “They’re very proud of their medals.”