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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (March 4, 2014) – Four Scheck Hillel Community School students achieved national honors in the 2014 RAVSAK Judaic Art Contest, an annual competition that inspires student artists to relate their creative expression through rich Jewish content. This year, more than 400 submissions were received from 20 schools across the country.

Rachelle Murciano received first place in the visual arts category for the middle school division. Her piece illustrated different parts of a wolf, representing how a community is made up of different parts that all come together to make one. Other Scheck Hillel students who received honorable mention included Elizabeth Silberman for photography, and Nicole Scheck and Sharon Stambouli for visual arts.

In partnership with the Aleph Society’s Global Day of Jewish Learning, RAVSAK presents the prestigious and impressive contest to allow students to compete and share their works with students across the country and beyond. The Art Contest is open to students in middle and high school. The participating students study a text-rich and thought-provoking curriculum supplied by Global Day, discuss the material in class and arrive at their own understanding of the subject. Students then translate their interpretations into artwork. Student entries are judged by professional and acclaimed Jewish artists.

Located in North Miami Beach, Scheck Hillel Community School is one of the largest Jewish schools in the country. From early childhood through Grade 12, it inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity through an innovative curriculum enriched by co-curricular experiences. All of this is set within a nurturing, international community united by core values. In 2011, Scheck Hillel was the only private school in South Florida and Jewish school in the country to be named a Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Scheck Hillel is also Florida’s first Jewish International Baccalaureate (IB) World School®.


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