It all came down to the final question in the 27th Annual Edward Zorinsky B’nai B’rith Bible Quiz in Omaha, Nebraska. It was worth 60 points.
If Zev Krausman, who had missed only one question the entire evening, faltered, he would’ve been edged out by Aaron Zipursky, who took second place in the contest, held on December 11.
Throughout the evening, students and spectators were enlightened and also entertained, as Quiz Master Gloria Kaslow asked the contestants multiple rounds of challenging questions from the Books of Leviticus, Numbers and Esther in the Jewish Publication Society’s version of the Bible.
The final results were as follows:
> First Place, winning $600 in scholarship funds – Zev Krausman;
> Second Place, winning $350 in scholarship funds – Aaron Zipursky;
> Third Place, winning $250 in scholarship funds – Sam Lieb;
> Fourth Place Tie, each winning $125 in scholarship funds – Ethan Potash and Max Weiner
Other quiz participants were Aaron Kurtzman and Max Polack. Each participant also won a $20 cash prize for answering a minimum of three questions correctly. The first place winner won an additional $30 (total $50).
Cantor Wendy Shermet and Hazzan Michael Krausman launched the program with blessings and songs to celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah.
At the start of the quiz, special thanks were also extended to this year’s judges: Rabbis Steven Abraham, Josh Brown and Yaakov Weiss; organizers Steve Riekes, chairperson, Gary Javitch, Gloria Kaslow, and Stan Mitchell.
Quiz founder, Steve Riekes, invited questions and requests for membership information be directed to him at 402-492-9800 or emailed to Deb Marburg at the B’nai B’rith office email@example.com