Torah Academy of Bergen County Wins Grand Prize in Yeshiva Science Olympiad, Co-sponsored by Touro College’s Lander College for Men and the Jewish Education Project

Date: March 24, 2011
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New York, N.Y. - Students from Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) in Teaneck, N.J., proudly display their Grand Prize trophy earned in the Yeshiva Science Olympiad held recently at Touro College’s Lander College for Men’s (LCM) Queens campus in Kew Garden Hills, N.Y.

The Yeshiva Science Olympiad was co-sponsored by LCM and The Jewish Education Project (formerly Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York), marking the first time Touro has co-sponsored and hosted the event. The Yeshiva Science Olympiad is part of a national Science Olympiad designed to assess high school students’ abilities in science, technology, and engineering in ways that are rarely tested in a classroom setting. Pictured, front row from left, are Gavi Dov Hochsztein, team co-captain; Danny Shlian; Benjy Koslow; Aryeh Krischer; Ari Innes; Shua Katz; and Leaad Staller. Back row, from left, Dr. Ann Shinnar, associate professor of chemistry at LCM; Dr. Moshe Sokol; dean of LCM; Judy Oppenheim, associate director, day schools and yeshivot, The Jewish Education Project; Rabbi Dr. Martin Schloss, director of the Division of Day School Education of The Jewish Education Project and a visiting professor at Touro College; J.J. Rosenberg; Aaron Haber; Adam Weisel; Yakir Forman, team co-captain; Dr. Joel M. Berman (with trophy), chair of the science department, TABC; Hillel Hochstein; Isaac Shulman; instructor Judy Hochstein; and Dan Friedman. The Olympiad brought together some of the best and brightest yeshiva high school science students from the greater New York metropolitan area. In addition to TABC, teams from nine area yeshiva schools competed in this year’s competition, with the second place prize going to SAR High School in Riverdale, N.Y., and third place prize to North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck, N.Y. Other competing schools included The Frisch School in Paramus, N.J.; Hebrew Academy of Long Beach-DRS Yeshiva High School of Boys in Woodmere, N.Y.; Ma'ayanot in Teaneck, N.J.; Ramaz School in Manhattan; Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett Bay Park, N.Y.; Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School of Girls in Holliswood, N.Y.; and The Yeshivah of Flatbush. LCM also sponsors the annual national Jacob Goldfinger Memorial Mathematics Contest and the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Competition, both designed for yeshiva high school students. Photo Credit: Triple S Studios