CHIDON MISSION

" Chidon empowered me and showed me that I can sit down after school, take a sefer off the shelf and learn."

-Chana Silberberg 

“Our high school girls need this! Our daughter is so thrilled to be in the Chidon this year. Thank you for empowering our girls.”

-Chidon Parent

This Chidon was started in order to encourage high school girls to challenge themselves in their Torah learning by mastering an entire sefer. In doing so, these students will gain a broad knowledge of core concepts Torah, as well as develop the confidence to any sefer on their own.

Registration Deadline: 13 Cheshvan/November 11

LEARNING GOAL

Our goal for this year’s Chidon is to fluently master the entire Sefer Hamadah of the Rambam. This sefer is the first of the Rambam's Magnum Opus - the Mishneh Torah. In it, he discusses the principle mitzvos and concepts in Yiddishkeit that are fundamental to our faith. The sefer is in Hebrew and can be purchased at any Judaica store. 

Click here for a link to buy the sefer online. Here is a link to an English translation you can use for reference while studying.

CHIDON TESTS

Every four weeks there will be an accumulative test on one topic of halachos. They will be available on our online testing site (www.classmarker.com) to be taken on your own time.  A few days before the first test, you will receive a user ID and login password for the testing website. You will use the same username and password for every test. Each test will be available for 24 hours from 8:00 pm (EST) Motzei Shabbos until 8:00 pm (EST) Sunday night. Once you begin taking the test, you will have exactly one hour to complete it. 

There will be 20 multiple choice questions on each test. The questions will be written in English, but will test your knowledge of the original Hebrew words of the sefer and will contain phrases from the original text. The questions will be in order.

Since the goal of the Chidon is to sharpen your skills for learning inside, you may use the Hebrew sefer on the test. You may not have any writing in the sefer you use on the test. However, you may underline words or phrases. 

Please double check your answers after finishing the test to make sure they are correct- sometimes your answers may shift by accident while scrolling. Be careful, because if a mistake like this does happen, you will not receive points back. 

After you finish the test, you will be able to see your grade, but not which questions you got right or wrong. The grade you see on the screen is final and will not be changed.

Click HERE to access the testing website. For each of the 5 tests, use the username and password that was emailed to you before the first test.

Please mark down the following test dates on your calendar. There will be no make-up tests allowed.

TEST 1

19 Cheshvan/ 17 November

Hilchos Yesodei Hatorah

 

TEST 2

17 Kislev/ 15 December

Hilchos Deios, Hakdama

 

TEST 3

15 Teves / 12 January

Hilchos Talmud Torah

 

TEST 4

14 Shevat / 9 February

Hilchos Avodas Kochavim

 

TEST 5

12 Adar / 8 March

Hilchos Teshuvah

 "If you want something to become your own, you need to learn inside yourself. I never had the push or motivation to do that until this Chidon."  

-Devora Scheiner from Beis Chana New Haven

“I really enjoyed the learning and it was so beautiful to spend Shabbos with girls who all worked hard toward the same goal”

-Chidon finalist Esther Weinstein

WEELY STUDY SESSIONS

Every school has an assigned mentor who is your go-to person for any assistance you may need with studying for the Chidon. Your mentor is the teacher/bnos head who introduced the Chidon to your school. Once you register for the Chidon, she will contact you about a weekly study session that will be available at your school. Your mentor will be present at your school’s weekly study sessions to guide you and help with any questions you may have.

Click HERE for a study guide to aid you in your learning.

GRAND RETREAT

2-4 Nisan / March 27 - 29

(Friday morning - Sunday night)

All participants of the Chidon will join a grand learning retreat in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Danbury, Connecticut. The retreat will begin Friday afternoon and conclude on Sunday evening with a finale dinner and the Chidon competition. Enjoy a luxurious Shabbos filled with gourmet meals, great company, an enriching program, and engaging in-depth learning classes—a small taste of what Batsheva Learning Center offers!

 

-Participants from out of town will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations to and from New York prior to the retreat. 

-Participants with an average of 90% or more will be invited to join the retreat on a full scholarship and will compete on stage in the final competition. 

-Participants with an average of over 85% get a 50% off scholarship and pay $100 for retreat.

-All participants of the Chidon with an average of 65% or more are invited to join the retreat for $200.

 

(Additional need-based scholarships may be available for participants with an average of over 85%. For information about scholarships, please contact Hadassah Shemtov at hadassah@batshevalearningcenter.com.)

FINAL COMPETITION

On Sunday evening, there will be a grand chidon competition between the representatives from all the participating high schools. All participants with an average of 90% or over are invited to compete on stage in the final Chidon. Family and friends in the New York area are invited to participate in the dinner and watch the competition. Contestants will be asked questions to assess their mastery of the entire sefer, which they will answer orally. They will be allowed to bring their sefer on stage. The event will conclude with awarding gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three winners.

STAY IN TOUCH!

When you sign up you will have the option to join a whatsapp group with the other girls from around the world who are participating. The whatsapp group is not a place for official notifications, rather it is a social network to ask friends questions and get to know the other girls who are learning the same material as you. You will be informed of all official updates via email. 

 

If you have questions that your mentor is unable to help with, you may contact:

 

All high school students in 11th or 12th grade are invited to register for this year’s High School Chidon. To sign up, click on the registration link above. There will be a $45 registration fee.

A few days before the first test, you will receive a user ID and login password for the testing website.

Registration Deadline: 13 Cheshvan/November 11

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