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Hallelujah participants with Yuli Edelstein. Photo by Scoop 80
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The Hallelujah competition, a singing contest for Jewish youth from throughout the world, will be holding its final event on Thursday in which a winner will be selected.

The finalists have been chosen from a group of 30 young adults and 14,000 dollars will be split between the three top winners. Each contestant will be singing in Hebrew, and the team of judges will be headed by veteran Israeli singer Yehoram Gaon.

The Hallelujah winner, in addition to receiving 8,000 dollars, will record a duet with an Israeli artist that will be played both on radio stations in Israel as well as other Jewish stations throughout the world.

The event, to be held in Ramat Hasharon, will host representatives of Jewish communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, France, Australia, Argentina, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, England, Turkey, Costa Rica and Uruguay.

“We think that Hebrew is the only thing that brings all the Jews around the world together,” Eitan Gafni, founder and head of the competition told Haaretz. “What unites them (the contestants) is that they are Jews,” Gafni added, “they come to Israel, they sing in Hebrew and they learn the meaning of the words that they are singing.”

The group of 30 participants met with Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein at Yad Vashem on Sunday to hear him speak about Israel advocacy and its image in the Diaspora.

“I was thrilled to meet with this group of young adults that showed both knowledge and curiosity well beyond their ability to sing,” Edelstein said at the end of the meeting.