Ahead of the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashana, FJC’s Darkeinu Jewish studies curriculum is jumping in to get the students involved as soon as the new school year starts.
Last week Darkeinu launched a “Mega Rosh Hashana 5778” contest – an activity that Darkeinu hopes will raise the student’s personal engagement with the holiday and resonate in above 130 schools implementing Darkeinu across the FSU and 80 kindergartens.
The students are asked to record a video holiday greeting, which they can then upload to Darkeinu’s social networks in order to win valuable prizes, such as hi-tech gadgets and various educational games.
“We are very excited to continue our Mega contests this year,” said Sarah Vernick, Darkeinu special projects coordinator. “In previous contests, we saw a lot of enthusiasm among the participants – besides a chance to win prizes, they liked to connect to other Darkeinu students across the region -to see how the others are celebrating and find out that there are many youngsters like them in other cities and countries.”
Darkeinu began organizing educational online contests for Jewish holidays, the so-called “Mega-contests”, last year around Chanukah. Since then there was a steady rise in the level of interests among students.
Mega Rosh Hashanah also has daily quiz questions from now until the holiday that too will bring enticing prizes to the lucky winners.