Yavneh safe as houses as students come third in physics face-off

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Yavneh safe as houses as students come third in physics face-off

Yavneh College with Mrs Shiradski and Mr Riley
Yavneh College with Mrs Shiradski and Mr Riley

Ask a student to do their homework, vote or express themselves in anything other than grunts can be difficult. Ask them to crack a safe, however, and they suddenly spring into action, as was demonstrated on Sunday.

Student teams from across the UK lined up to pit their wits against each other in Weizmann’s second International Safe Cracking Tournament at UCL Academy, Swiss Cottage.

Ten teams were asked to design a safe that could be cracked by solving two physics riddles. Safes had to keep their peers stumped for at least 10 minutes but be opened by their creator in less than five.

Manchester’s King David School won top prize last year, but this year it went to Trinity College in Croydon, with Dulwich College coming second and Yavneh College in third. Among the ten participating schools were JCoSS with one team and JFS with two.

The Yavneh team (pictured) got into the 2014 Rio spirit, designing a safe with a World Cup theme with a table football style riddle.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: