2022 Public Speaking Contest



Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Vancouver Talmud Torah


Register by May 1st.

Who was Eligible:
Students in grades 4-7 from across the Lower Mainland. 
  1. In your opinion….Who was more important to the Jewish people – a peacemaker like Abraham, or a fighter like Judah Maccabee?
  2. It is written in Pirkei Avot, “Who is clever?  He who learns from all people.”  Explain.
  3. Leviticus 19:18 states:  “And you shall love your neighbour as yourself”.  What does this mean for you and how you live your life?
  4.  Many of our homes are filled with Jewish objects (i.e., mezuzah, candlesticks, artwork, etc.). Does a home need these objects in order to be “Jewish” or is it the actions that happen inside it which make it Jewish.
  5. Select a prayer from the siddur that is meaningful to you and explain why.
  6. Last year the Jewish Food Bank went from a bi-weekly pickup to a weekly pickup and is currently serving over 1100 people.  What else can we be doing to help people in need in our community?
  7. All of us have people in our lives who inspire us.  Talk about the person from whom you draw inspiration and why.
  8. Many schools require students to spend time volunteering in the community.  Explain why volunteerism is a Jewish concept and why it is essential that everyone spend some of their time volunteering.
  9. What is in a name?  Talk about your name, why your parents choose it and what it means to you.
  10.  Sometimes we tell people white lies to make people feel better; like telling someone we really like their new outfit when actually we think it is ugly.  Do you think these types of lies are ok or is it never ok to tell a lie?
  11. Topic of your own choosing.




Click here for our FAQ. Click here for the letter to parents. For further questions please contact Lissa Weinberger at lweinberger@jewishvancouver.com.