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September 2, 2004
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Thousands of Jewish students started their school year Wednesday in more than 100 Jewish day schools in the former Soviet Union. Two new schools opened this year, one in Poltava, Ukraine, and one in Togliatti, Russia, according to Ohr Avner, a Chabad foundation that runs about two-thirds of all Jewish schools in the region. Fifteen new Chabad-affiliated kindergartens also opened their doors this week. Security was beefed up at many of the Jewish schools in the wake of this week’s suicide bombing near a Moscow metro station and a hostage crisis at a school near Chechnya, where armed attackers are holding over 200 pupils hostage.

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