The wards are alive with the sound of music

Contestants taking part in "Hallelujah," a global song contest for Jews aged 16 to 26, perform for children at Safra Children's Hospital.

Hallelujah at Safra Children's Hospital 311 (photo credit: Aviv Hofi)
Hallelujah at Safra Children's Hospital 311
(photo credit: Aviv Hofi)
The wards at Safra Children's Hospital in Tel Hashomer came alive on Wednesday as the 30 contestants taking part in "Hallelujah," a global song contest for Jews aged 16 to 26, performed in front of the children who are hospitalized there.
After arriving at the hospital, the young contestants, who arrived in Israel last week, worked their way through the rooms and sang to children who are unable to get out of bed.
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The finalists represent Jewish communities from the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, France, Australia, Argentina, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Turkey, Costa Rica and Uruguay. There is also one Israeli, Mor Machlav of the IDF Education Corps.
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The grand finale, which will be webcast live on JPost.com, will take place on August 25 in Ramat Hasharon in front of an audience of 3,000 people. The winner will receive an $8,000 cash prize and record a duet with an Israeli artist that will be broadcast on local radio stations and Jewish radio stations worldwide.
The two will also go on a concert tour of international Jewish communities. The runner-up will receive $4,000, and the third-place finalist will win $2,000.