Mikolot: Voices of the Future generously sponsored by Arnold Bloch Leibler and proudly backed by The Moriah Foundation is an international public speaking competition for students in Years 10 – 12 from Jewish schools across Australia and South Africa.
Launched in 2014 together with JDC (The Joint) Australia, the competition aims to bring students from Jewish schools together, cultivating public speaking skills and fostering a more refined expression of Jewish voice in the modern world.
The Grand Final was held at Moriah College on Friday, 4 August 2023, with international and interstate finalists travelling to Sydney to present their address.
This year’s competition included 8 Jewish schools, 60 participants, 35 semi-finalists and 7 grand finalists.
Mazal Tov to all the students who participated in the 2023 Grand Final of the Mikolot: Voices of the Future Public Speaking Competition.
From NSW – Elijah Jones, Sarah Uria (Moriah College) and Michal Goldberg (Masada College); from VIC – Meira Eppel (Leibler Yavneh College) and Livia Lazarow (The King David School); from WA – Sacha Rubenstein (Carmel School), and from Johannesburg, South Africa – Samuel Gewer (King David High School Linksfield).
• First prize – Sarah Uria, Moriah College, NSW – $4,500 • Second prize – Elijah Jones, Moriah College, NSW – $3,240 • Third prize – Meira Eppel, Leibler Yavneh College, Victoria – $1,800
Winners receive prize money towards an approved Israel program to further enhance their leadership skills and consider how they can continue to positively contribute to society and the Jewish world.
Thank you to our esteemed panel of adjudicators
• Sorella Abrahams, CEO & Founder Abrahams Tent and the Soul Centre • Rabbi James Kennard, Principal of Mount Scopus Memorial College • Paul Rubenstein, Partner Arnold Bloch Leibler & NSW Chairman of AIJAC • Allegra Spender MP, Federal Member for Wentworth
We wish all the 2023 Mikolot winners a very warm Mazal Tov.