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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has pledged $7.1 million in social support to supplement three Russian school systems as a temporary lifeline. Or Avner, Shma Yisrael and ORT have been facing dramatic budget cuts over the last months forcing cutbacks in their educational and organizational activities. The IFCJ funds will go toward social support, such as school lunches and student bussing. The fellowship has also pledged $1 million to help support Heftsiba, the Israel Ministry of Education arm in the FSU.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2009
The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out the Chais Family Foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia. The foundation had been providing $2.5 million annually in funding for 12 cultural and educational programs in the FSU.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2008
Seven schools funded in part by Worldwide ORT are facing an extreme budget crunch in the wake of the worldwide financial crisis. The schools, from Moldova to Siberia, are the only option for Russian students seeking a non-Orthodox Jewish education in the former Soviet Union. Earlier this year, the Jewish Agency for Israel was forced to cut more than $1 million in funding for the ORT school system as part of an overall $45 million budget cut.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2008