Name of implementing organization:The Pinsk Jewish Religious Community
Date of initial project approval:February 2001
Date of project renewal:February 2003
To give every Jewish child in Belarus a strong general education, and to reconnect them to their Jewish identity. After they receive a good education in our school, graduates are encouraged to continue their education primarily in Israel, in higher education programs which we arrange for them before they leave the country.
This project has established a boarding school to serve Jewish children living in Belarus, outside of Minsk. The school includes grades 6 through 11. It offers the standard government secular curriculum, and Hebrew Language, Jewish History, and Jewish Tradition. 20 hours per week are devoted to Hebrew and Jewish Studies.The staff includes three foreign Jewish Studies teachers (all of whom have made aliyah to Israel), and two local Hebrew language teachers. The project director previously established and conducted a similar school in Kiev with much success.
Originally the school was only for boys. 2 years ago a similar program was opened for girls and the girls have moved into their new building.
A plot of land including some old buildings has been purchased, and eventually (once sponsors are found) will become the site of permanent premises for the boys. It will be able to accommodate 100 students.
The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities in general and Jewish Studies. These include evening Seder (extra learning in Jewish Studies), swimming, tennis, chess, computers, karate, and Jewish dancing. The program also includes debates, competitions, and visits to museums and historical sites.
Teaching staff (local)
Close to 100 students from the school have been sent abroad to continue their education, primarily in Israel. Almost every child has improved in his or her studies since joining the school.
Having different levels of children in one class, and over-stressing the students by having a solid general education as well as a good Jewish education. Fathers who are not Jewish have difficulty seeing their children choose a Jewish way of life. It can be difficult to convince parents to send their children to Israel, particularly after terror attacks.
12 I.P.D. Street, Pinsk, Belarus, 225710
Telephone/fax: 375-165-353569 or Mobile 375-29-602-6070