Religious Girls Compete for Top Math Prize

Religious Jewish girls compete in a worldwide mathematics tournament.

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Maayana Miskin, | updated: 15:53

Past Math Olympics winner
Past Math Olympics winner
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The final round of the worldwide Math Olympics for young religious Jewish women will take place Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem. Sixty-seven young women, 47 of them Israeli, will compete in the final round.

The competition opened with 1,885 participants from 85 schools in Israel and abroad.

Math Olympics take place two weeks after the global Tanach (Bible) competition, in which young men and women from Israel and around the world demonstrate their familiarity with Biblical texts.

The final round of the math contest will be filmed by Arutz Sheva television and broadcast by 15 Jewish communities worldwide. Among the problems the young contestants will be asked to solve are “Monty Hall”-type probability questions.

The finalists will be greeted via video by Nobel Prize winner Robert Aumann, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, among others.

Israel's Math Olympics began five years ago. The competition was the brainchild of Dr. Ziva Deutsch of the Michlalah - Jerusalem College for Women - and Akiva Kadari, creator of Elef Efes, a magazine about mathematics.

The first winner, Gili Golan of Petach Tikva, is now learning for her Masters degree in mathematics. Another previous winner, Ayala Glick of Rechovot, is studying for an undergraduate degree with a dual concentration in mathematics and physics. A third, Rachel Stern of Jerusalem, is currently in her national service year, which she is serving in the Defense Ministry; she hopes to go on to study medicine or science.