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Grants in the Former Soviet Union

Projects Introducing FSU High School Students to Jewish Studies

Projects Introducing FSU High School Students to Jewish Studies

Genesis Philanthropy Group supports a number of projects that work with high school students from different cities in the FSU who express an interest in Jewish studies.

Among these projects are:

Jewish Studies Programs for High School Students During School Breaks

Retreats provide an intensive study of a variety of topics in the field of Jewish Studies during fall and spring school breaks. Retreats include lectures, seminars, discussion sessions and workshops, and require completion of individual or group projects. After graduating from high school, many participants return as volunteer teachers. In 2012, the project added regional seminars in Russia and Ukraine to the seasonal retreats.

In addition to Genesis Philanthropy Group, donors and partners include the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Joint Distribution Committee, the Russian Jewish Congress (St. Petersburg), Sambation Association for Creative Jewish Studies, the Moscow State University's Department of Jewish Studies, and the Chase Center for the Development of Jewish Studies in Russian (a division of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem).

Jerudaika, Internet-Based Olympiad for High School Students 

This is a new project developed and implemented by the Jewish Family Center Adain Lo in St. Petersburg in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Institute for Jewish Studies and with support from Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Being internet-based, the Olympiad is open to all interested students, regardless of geography. The Olympiad competition selects FSU teenagers who are most erudite in Jewish Studies subjects while at the same time teaching them something new. The Olympiad has a provision that allows each participant to work with an experienced mentor at a particular stage of the competition. The Olympiad's website is widely considered to be one of the best websites for distance learning.

Jewish Studies Electives in Natural Science Retreats for FSU School Children

 Jewish studies courses are included as an elective humanities component in the curriculum of natural sciences retreats for school children. The goal is to attract unaffiliated children to study Jewish subjects in a formal educational environment. The project is organized by the Adain Lo Jewish Family Center.

This grant is a part of Genesis Philanthropy Group large program which supports Academic Jewish Studies in the FSU.


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