May 16th, 2014; Akiva School students;  Ezra Abudarham, Ryan Rotholz, Aron Widman, Liya Koifman, Molly Beth Naimer and Avery Stendel have been selected by RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, as winners in their annual Hebrew Poetry Contest, placing 3rd in their Elementary Non-native category.

The contest is divided into six categories, one each for a native (i.e. a student with at least one Israeli parent) and a non-native Hebrew speaker in RAVSAK elementary schools (grades K-5), middle schools (grades 6-8), and high schools (grades 9-12). First-place entries receive an age-appropriate book in Hebrew and a $50 gift certificate to Sifriyat Ami, and all winners have their works highlighted on the RAVSAK website and in its prestigious journal HaYidion.

The RAVSAK Hebrew Poetry Contest is a unique opportunity for day school students to expand their ability to express themselves in Hebrew and increase their knowledge of Hebrew words and expressions. Renowned Hebrew poet Janice Silverman Rebibo, Senior Program Officer and Technology Director at Hebrew at the Center, served as judge for the 2014 contest.