Jan 7, 2020
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The Jewish Education Project

Spellers from 14 yeshiva day schools compete at 2020 citywide spelling bee

14 students from yeshiva day schools in New York City competed in The Jewish Education Project's annual Citywide Spelling Competition.

Shaya Rosenfeld was unsure what exactly cribbage was before The Jewish Education Project’s annual Yeshiva Day School Spelling Bee. Rosenfeld knew it was some type of game. He once read about in a book. And when it came time to spell cribbage to secure victory in the city wide spelling competition, Rosenfeld calmly spelled it as if he were a veteran player.

“I just tried to picture the word in my head,” said Rosenfeld, an 8th grader at Yeshiva Har Torah. “I remembered it had two b’s and one g.”

Chaya Branower of Bnos Malka Academy finished second behind Rosenfeld in the citywide competition.

Rosenfeld and Branower and 12 other students from yeshiva day schools in metro New York spent weeks and hours poring over lists to prepare for the annual bee. The key to Rosenfeld’s success? An emphasis on reading instead of rote memorization.

Rosenfeld and Branower will be participating in the New York Daily News Spelling Bee along with:

  • Zeke Lehrman, Kinneret Day School
  • Isaac Abehassera, Manhattan Day School
  • Malky Kaplowitz, Prospect Park Yeshiva
  • Rosy Gadeh, Yeshivah of Flatbush

 

The following 14 students participated in The Jewish Education Project’s Citywide Spelling Bee:

  • Gabrielle Koyenov, Bais Yaakov of Queens
  • Chaya Branower, Bnos Malka Academy
  • Zeke Lehrman, Kinneret Day School
  • Isaac Abehassera, Manhattan Day School
  • Elisheva Kusayeva, Masores Bais Yaakov
  • Abigail Kiperberg, Mazel Day School
  • Leo Eigen, Park East Day School
  • Malky Kaplowitz, Prospect Park Yeshiva
  • Avigail Weisel, Shulamith School for Girls of Brooklyn
  • Jeremy Propp, The Ramaz School
  • Zalmy Yarmush, Yeshiva Darchei Menachem
  • Shaya Rosenfeld, Yeshiva Har Torah
  • Rosy Gadeh, Yeshivah of Flatbush

The Jewish Education Project’s Day Schools and Yeshivas team works with nearly 400 schools and thousands of teachers in greater New York to help school leaders improve their leadership skills, integrate technology, and measure their school’s success. The Jewish Education Project strives to provide an excellent education — Jewish and secular — to over 112,000 Jewish day school students of all backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities.

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