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Refusniks Open Moscow Schools

June 13, 1978
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The Al Tidom Association reported it had leamed that Soviet Jewish refusniks in Moscow have begun two new projects in Jewish education, one for kindergarteners and the second for the seven to 15-year-old age group. A group of woman activists headed by Ida Nudel and Natalia Katz has organized a nursery school – kindergarten for refusnik children and the sons and daughters of Prisoners of Conscience. The school is held in a private apartment and no tuition is charged.

This month, Boris Chernobolsky and his friends opened a Sunday school-cheder for refusnik children from seven to 15-years old. The curriculum will include the fundamentals of Judaism, Hebrew language, Jewish songs and Bar Mitzvah preparation, according to Al Tidom.

The son of a noted refusnik celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in a joyous celebration in the family’s Moscow apartment, according to Al Tidom. Alexander Kreman, son of Mikhail and Galina Kreman, was feted at a celebration in the Kreman apartment attended by about 40 fellow refusniks. Mikhail delivered an emotional address to those assembled, Al Tidom reported.

Ms. Nudel, who is known as the “guardian angel” of the POCs, gave Alexander a cake on behalf of the POCs. Among the other gifts given to the Bar Mitzvah boy was a Siddur printed in Israel–a treasure in the Soviet Union. Afterwards, a festive musical program was staged including the singing of Jewish and Israeli songs.

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