Source: Israel National News
This week, a new Jewish Sunday school has been opened in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. It is already the17th school of those established as a part of the new education project called JFUTURE.
JFUTURE is the Jewish Sunday school network intended, first of all, for families that have not taken an active part in the community life. With over 400 participants, JFUTURE aims to double the number of students by the end of 2019.
The project has been launched with the support of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, and it boasts wide geography, spanning countries like Montenegro, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Bulgaria, Japan, India, Kazakhstan, and others. The group is a regional affiliate of the World Jewish Congress.
In each school, the students are divided into four age groups, including one for adults. Each class has up to 15 students. Teachers are recruited from within the Jewish community. Classes are held in Jewish community facilities.
The new project has been supported by Berel Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia, who said, "We are glad to take an active part in this new education initiative intended to strengthen ties of hundreds of Jewish children with their people through the learning of our history and tradition. It is gratifying to see that such a project appeared just now when Jews in various countries are facing an acute problem of preserving their national identity. Familiarization with our heritage from an early age will help these children keep their Jewishness alive."
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