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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
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
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