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      16 Named as Bible Quiz Finalists

      Sixteen youths from Israel and the Diaspora have been named as Bible Quiz champions and will take part in the finals Tuesday.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 5/8/2011, 10:12 PM / Last Update: 5/9/2011, 2:15 AM

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      Sixteen youths from Israel and the Diaspora have been named as finalists in the annual international Bible Quiz (Chidon HaTanach). The quiz will take place in Jerusalem on Independence Day.

      This year's theme is “Love of Israel,” a concept referring to love of the Jewish people. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will attend the event, as will Education Minister Gidon Saar. Netanyahu's son Avner was one of last year's finalists, after taking top honors in the national Bible Quiz.

      The 16 finalists were selected in a series of earlier quizzes in Israel and abroad. Four spots were given to the Israelis who took the top spots in a quiz held in Ofakim, and the 12 contestants from the Diaspora won their spots in a quiz last week in the city of Ariel in which 52 youths took part.

      The contestants are:

      Tzadok Yitzchak Klein of Canada.
      Noam Hadad of Israel
      Yishai Hamudot of the United States
      Yehoshua Cape of Canada
      Sharon Muhpara of Panama
      Uri Teichman of Israel
      Alexander Kahane of the United States
      Shira Lornes of Australia
      Aryeh Chapkin of South Africa
      Shlomi Adelman of Israel
      Eliyahu Kaltman of Australia
      Jessica Halabi of Mexico
      Orli Lokir of Mexico
      Ofir Abu of Israel
      Avigail Michaeli of Belgium
      Yaakov Reik of Mexico