Local youth are winners in Hebrew poetry contest

Several Bay Area Jewish day school students won awards in a nationwide Hebrew poetry contest.

Ravsak: The Jewish Community Day School Network announced the winners of its fourth annual contest in May. The organization received more than 350 submissions from 17 schools across the country. Winning poems were chosen by poet Janice Silverman Rebibo.

The contest is designed to help students develop their Hebrew fluency and creativity, and strengthen their Jewish identity and connection to their shared heritage. To see all the winning poems, visit www.tinyurl.com/qhyr4ng.

Local winners are:

Contra Costa Jewish Day School, Lafayette:

Elementary, native Hebrew-speaker: first place, Omri Elhasid; honorable mention, Yoav Konstantino, Yonathan Elbaz. Non-native speaker: honorable mention, Maya Weiss

Middle school, native: honorable mention, Yonatan Margalit

Yavneh Day School, Los Gatos

Elementary (native): second place, Gonni Ratzin

Middle (native): second place, Naama Gotesdyner; third place, Maya Kolyer; honorable mention, Eden Wolf

Brandeis Hillel Day School, San Francisco/San Rafael

Elementary (native): third place, Inbal Cohen

Elementary (non-native): first place, Gabriel Rothman Tierney; second place, Gabriella Levin-Meer; honorable mention, Myles Sloan

Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, Foster City

Elementary (native): honorable mention, Mai Haller, Amit Gross

Middle (non-native): honorable mention, Zack Berger