Answers to common questions you might have about Chidon
What is Chidon?
“Chidon” is short for the Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos – International Championship. It is a worldwide competition between thousands of Jewish children who learn the 613 Mitzvos of the Torah in depth. They study hard all year, take three tests + a final to prove their knowledge, and if they qualify, are eligible for the Chidon Rewards, Awards, those with top test scores that have completed all 613 Mitzvos are invited to compete in the international Game Show Championship!
Who is Chidon for?
Every Child, Every Mitzvah! There are 4 tracks that any Jewish boy or girl in grades 4-8 to be part of, giving each child to achieve and get rewarded on their level!
How can I join Chidon?
You can enroll in Chidon through your TzivosHashem.com account. If you don’t already have you, you can create a new one.
Can I still join if my school is not listed as a Chidon base?
Yes, if you are a Jewish child grade 4-8 you can join independently as part of the Anash Kinder base. Email ChidonAnash@gmail.com for more info.
How can a school become a Chidon base?
If your school is interested in becoming a Chidon base, have a member of the administration contact us at email@example.com, and we will get back to you to work out the details!
The Study Program
How can I get a Chidon book?
Chidon books (The Rohr Yahadus Curriculum) are available for purchase in our resources section for $45 plus shipping and will be shipped straight to your home. You will also have the option to order a book while enrolling for Chidon through the enrollment form (at a special sale price) and have the book shipped to your school. Shipping is currently available to homes only within the US.
Will I be tested everything that’s written in the book?
No. You only need to know the Miztvah Boxes & the Details section of the units in your Yahadus book. It is very important to use your books Study Guide found in the recourses section of this site where this is explained at great length.
Is Chidon only for brainy kids?
Nope. Chidon is for EVERYONE. The four different Chidon tracks make that possible. You can read about them in detail in the Chidon Overview section of the Study Guide, or get a general idea of it in “The Race” section of our about page.
Are there other ways of studying if I don’t like to read?
Yes! For those who prefer to listen, we have audio books of all Chidon units . There are online classes available to prepare you for the tests, as well as video classes for the Yesod track! (Please note, you’ll still need to refer to the Study Guide to be properly prepared for the tests.)
What if I have questions on the information I’m studying?
One of the most amazing things about Chidon is how many people are part of it. There is no shortage of people who would love to help you out! Start by contacting your base’s Chidon Coordinator, who may either answer you directly, recommend a Whatsapp chat for you to join, or otherwise point you to the proper answer.
What is the Chidon Experience?
The Chidon Experience is a yearly world-class Reward system celebrating the achievements of our thousands of passionate Chidon students. Students are eligible for the Chidon Sweater, prizes, trips for the tests as well as Awards for the final which include certificates, plaques, medals & Trophies!
Those in grade 8 that have completed all 613 Mitzvos are treated to a one-of-a-kind 3 day experience including exciting trips, great food, and lots of song and dance. It culminates in the famous Chidon International Game Show, where the greatest Chidon masters showcase their incredible knowledge to over 100,000 of Chidon fans and supporters!
Can all Chidon participants attend the Chidon Experience?
No. The Experience is exclusive to those that earn it. You must have a passing average on the tests. Some schools may place additional limitations, please be in touch with your school’s Chidon Coordinator.
Is there a cost for the Experience?
A tremendous amount of time, work, and money goes into creating the Chidon Experience. In fact, we have staff working on it all year long!
The actual cost of the Experience is between *$100-500 per child, depending on the track that the child passed.
Thanks to a generous grant by Mr. George Rohr, and other donors, we can offer the Experience for 50% off. This brings the cost for the Experience down to $50-$250.
We understand that some families have trouble with this fee, including many families who proudly have multiple children participating each year. For this reason, we have created the Chidon Drive, a platform which allows families to get their fees covered by family and friends who support this incredible life-changing program for those they love. Stay tuned for updates as to when the Chidon Drive will open this year.
*There are additional shipping & coordinator fees for some bases.
What Is the Chidon Game Show and Awards Ceremony?
The Chidon Game Show and Awards Ceremony – otherwise known as the Chidon Event – is a two-part event.
The Game Show features representatives from all participating Chidon schools, divided into four teams to compete against each other in an epic show of knowledge. They are challenged to answer unique and challenging questions on the information in their books – and watch them respond without missing a beat!
The Game Show is followed by the long-awaited Award Ceremony. Every Chidon contestant who earned a plaque or medal is presented with it publicly to the cheers of their family and friends. Then comes the highlight, when the gold, silver and bronze trophies are awarded to the highest scorers on the ultimate Chidon challenge, the trophy test.
How can I earn a plaque, medal or trophy?
Any Chidon participant can earn a plaque by scoring an 80% average on the Chidon final, or a plaque and a medal with a 90% average. Yes, if you work hard enough, you can get one too!
If you are your school’s representative to the Chidon (by earning the highest average in your school on the 3 Chidon tests throughout the year), then you may also take the exclusive Trophy Final during the Shabbaton. The representatives with the highest scores in each grade worldwide are then awarded a gold, silver or bronze trophy.
How does the game show work?
The game show features all school representatives from each grade, who are randomly divided into four competing teams and seated on the stage bleachers. The fourth graders are seated in the front row, fifth graders in the row above them, and behind them the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders each in their own row.
They are challenged to answer three rounds of different style questions, such as Rapid Response, Smart Quest, and On the Buzzer. Different amounts of points are awarded based on how well (or how quickly) they are able to answer the questions. The team that earns the most points in total is crowned the Chidon Champions!
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