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City of London boys capture Etgar Israel title

The annual event was back in person for Yom Ha'atzmaut this year


Boys from City of London clinched the Etgar Israel trophy this year as the schools’ contest returned to an in-person event for the first time since the pandemic.

Nearly 100 students from seven schools were tested on their knowledge of Israeli history, geography and culture in a closely-fought race.

Founded in 2018 to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary, the competition is designed to encourage a solid foundation in Israel studies.

Atarah Ruback, Etgar’s manager, said: “As ever, the enthusiasm and commitment of the students continues to inspire us. Etgar Israel is a wonderful celebration both of our state and the commitment of our children to learning about it in a positive and meaningful way.”

Besides the quiz, there were a couple of creative challenges. Immanuel B rustled up some mean greens to produce the best salad.

Habs Girls triumphed in a second exercise where the contestants received the imaginary archive of a Mossad agent who had been involved in aliyah efforts and had to reconstruct the passports of some of those he had helped to reach Israel.

After the contest, students were able to relax and enjoy some Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities.

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