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PAGE 10 JEWISH SEPTEMBER 5, By Lev Kxichevsky Israel will help operate Jewish schools in the former So et MOSCOW (JTA)--For the Union. first time in post-Soviet his- Earlierthismonth, theJew- tory, the Jewish Agency for ish Agency announced that it China City Restaurant is serving buffet & menus Take out & catering available Lunch Buffet only $5.99 Dinner $6.99 I Open 7 Days Men- Sat l lam- 10pm ~ ~ c.~A~ Sun llam- 9pm [ 407-859-2168 [ ~---- ] Sand Lake Rd. Orlando, FL 32809 had reached an agreementAccording to a Jewish with Israel's Ministry of Edu- Agency news release, the new cation to work in most Jewish arrangementwill affect21,000 day schools and Hebrew students studying in 223 schools in the region. The pro- schools---180 Hebrew schools gram will began on Monday, and 43 day schools in which Sept. 1. 90 teacher emissaries from The move comes amid deep Israel are employed. budget cuts in the Israeli gov- Until now, the agency's edu- ernment, which has provided cational work in the region Jewish curricula and staff to a focused only on informal edu- growing number of Jewish cation----dozens of ulpans, or institutions in the former So- Hebrew-language courses, for vietUnionsince the fallofcom- prospective immigrants to Is- mt~nism, rael, as well as youth and faro- More than half of the Jew- ily clubs and summer camps. ish Agency's money comes Following the fall of com- fromtheNorthAmericanJew- munism in 1991, two Israeli ish federation system, agencies--the Ministry of Same Day Service Available I on any On Pumps Filters Heaters I service I call Weekly Pool Service Equipment Repair I Automatic Pool Cleaners Pool Supplies expires 9/30/03 Family Owned L m m Since 1954 Chlorine Generators Open Sundays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Men-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Polaris * Hayward Starite,631 N. 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I I I .J Education and the Prime Minister's Liaison Office---di- vided the responsibility for establishing the Jewish day and supplementary schools in vari- ous parts of the former Soviet Union. The program the two agen- cies operated in most of the Jewish day schools across the FSU is known as Heftziba, the Hebrew acronym for Formal Jewish Zionist Education in the Former Soviet Union. The budget for the Jewish Agency's operations in the former Soviet Union has re- mained relatively stable over the last several years despite the fact that from this region, aliyah--the agency's primary mandate---" has experienced a dramatic drop of 30 percent to 40 percent annually compared with emigration to Israel dur- ing the late 1990s. The situation forced Jewish Agency officials to seriously rethink the agency's mission in the region and to step up its efforts in the educational sphere. Some sources in Russia fa- miliar with the situation say it resulted in the Jewish Agency's longtime efforts to gain con- trol over the Jewish day schools in the region. Not so, said Yehuda Weinraub, a spokesman for the Jewish Agency, who said the Ministry of Education initi- ated the talks that led to the agreement. Officials with the Jewish Agency in Russia give the fig- ure of the operational annual budget for the program the agency will take part in at $5.6 million. The Education Ministry will continue to pay the salaries of the 90 teaching emissaries employed in the Heftziba pro- gram at schools in the former Soviet Union. All other ex- penses, including the salaries of local employees, books, teacher training and profes- sional development will be covered equally by Agency and the Ministry. "Th~ clear priorities in its tional policy, and we willl trying hard to practice," Dima Zicer, tor of Belt Agnon, the cow-based JAFI Center for Jewish and Culture. "We want to more Israeli schools." Jewish Agency cials say the agency's ence in the field of education in the region help it cope successfull the task identity among Jewish dents and t region. Russian Jewish educators ex[ optimism about the new rangements, saying would welcome some changes in the Jewish and raeli component in schools. "While the Jewish has ish schools for 12 years, . expect this new to bring serious chan schools," said Gri School No. 1311 man ish School Principals of Former Soviet Union. He said his bi was the lack of curricula and textbookS Jewish history, Hebrew--the primary jects that are taught in Russian schools by teachers. Li istry vided quired mater lowed the schools to "There are still tions than new arrangements," he "I hope the change will the better." to peak on an Semitism in France An outstanding program will be presented at the Jewish Community Center of Maitland, by the "39ers" se- nior group on Monday, Sept. 22 at I p.m. in the Senior Lounge. The community is invited to learn details of the threat of anti-Semitism that is distress- ing the Jews of France. Tess Wise, executive director of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Cen- tral Florida, who recently re- turned from a trip to France, will present this important is- TESS WISE sue. latest conflict are The steps that the Jews are important tot taking to protect themselves reveal in her usual and who is responsible for the fashion. Scene Around Continued from page 9 Each congregation in its own fashion, had a with the problem. The Presbyterians decided that it was rels be in the church and that they would just have to liV them. The Methodists decided they should deal with lovingly in the style of Charles Wesley. They them and released them in a park at the edge of town. (Within three days, they were all back in The Jews had the best solution. They voted the squirrels in as members. Now they only see them at Rosh Hashanah and Yore