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Ckids International Crowns Australia’s First ‘JEWQ Champion’

Ethan Ickowiz from JEMS Bondi, NSW is the new JEWQ Champion.

Ckids International crowned Ethan “Ultimate JewQ champion of Australia” at the JEWQ grand finale Sunday night, Nov 29th on Zoom.  He also won a grand prize of $1018.

JewQ is an international competition where Jewish children study and get tested on fundamental concepts in Judaism. The competition is exclusively for children who do not attend Jewish day schools. 

120 contestants from 6 cities (Brisbane, Cairns/North Queensland, Gold Coast, Melbourne, North Shore Sydney)  in Australia vigorously studied topics of Jewish prayer, holiday, heroes, life cycles, and traditions from July 2020-November 2020. There were four written tests. The first three were administered locally. Contestants who got passing scores qualified for the final test which took place over Zoom. Judges at Ckids HQ in New York administered the tests.      

JewQ champion of Australia Ethan Ickowiz will have the option to compete in the international competition on March 14th, and attend the international grand finale in New York in May of 2021, if Covid restrictions allow.

CKids’ JEWQ program, launched in 2018, encourages children of all ages and backgrounds to explore more about Jewish history and culture. With over 2500 contestants participating in more than 130 cities worldwide. The Australian division of JEWQ started in July of 2020, with children learning via Zoom.

Contestants in the United States and Europe are still in the middle of the competition. Australia is on a different schedule due to the difference in the school year.

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