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The Avi Chai Foundation has allocated a sizeable grant to Or Avner, the educational umbrella organization which, among many other projects, oversees Jewish children’s summer camps in Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union. Thanks to this funding, educational projects threatened with closure due to the global financial crisis were literally saved. As in previous years, more than 2,000 children will benefit from overnight Jewish camps this summer.
Updated: Jul. 29, 2009
Yad Vashem has launched a comprehensive new program to raise awareness and knowledge of the Holocaust among Russian speakers. The program is funded by a four-year, $4 million grant from the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), a foundation dedicated to promoting Jewish identity for Russian-speaking Jews around the world.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009
A new Jewish community center was dedicated on May 12, 2009, in the central Ukrainian industrial city of Kryvoy Rog. The new JCC offers facilities for welfare support, Jewish education and community life, including a computer center, concert hall and space for communal festival celebrations. The Britain-based World Jewish Relief donated funding for the JCC.
Updated: May. 20, 2009
A new, comprehensive research project documenting 101 killing sites in the areas of the former Soviet Union has been uploaded to Yad Vashem’s website. Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, “The Untold Stories: The Murder Sites of the Jews in the Former USSR” chronicles the murders of thousands of Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators in 51 different communities whose Jewish populations were massacred during the Holocaust.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2009
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
Adain Lo supports a network of Jewish nursery schools and kindergartens in Russia, as an effective means of attracting young families to the Jewish community. Adain Lo is currently working with schools and kindergartens in seven districts of St.Petersburg. The educational curriculum is specially designed for high quality education and to develop the children`s personality through creative work. All the children have eight hours a week of Jewish education - classes in Hebrew, Jewish music, Jewish visual art, and tradition.
Updated: Jan. 04, 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
Over 1000 participants attended the Limmud FSU mega conference in Yalta between October 27-30 for a celebration of Jewish learning and culture, The Yalta Hotel, a 2,000-bed mega-hotel, taken over by the event, housed over 170 events offered by 150 presenters, and all organized by a committee of 20.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2008
Or Avner, the world's largest private Jewish educational network, which operates about 100 Jewish schools in Russia and other former Soviet republics as well as cultural and educational activities in more than 100 locales in the former Soviet Union, Israel, Germany and the United States is bracing for budget cuts. The network, headed and financed by Lev Leviev, is feeling the effects of the global economic crisis on the revenue and holdings of its major patron. The network has no intention of ceasing its activities, however in light of economic developments the management of Or Avner has decided to reexamine the suitability of its activities to the new budgetary realities.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2008