Snowy weather and cold January temperatures didn’t stop parents and children from the Krivoy Rog Jewish community to come out and celebrate the opening of a new facility, Sunday. The Ukrainian community’s 10-year-old kindergarten moved into a new space—a beautifully designed building where the foundations of Jewish education will be laid for the city’s Jewish kinder.
Widely supported by local educators, business leaders, and parents, the new kindergarten is yet another development in the establishment of a comprehensive Jewish educational infrastructure for Krivoy Rog’s 12,000 Jews. The city’s Jewish community, led by Chief Rabbi Liron Ederi and Chairman Alexander Uchitel, is a member of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine, and enjoys an active synagogue and an Ohr Avner Chabad Day School.
“Our first priority is to ensure that the children receive a solid, high-quality Jewish and secular education from an early age. This begins in kindergarten and continues all the way through, until they are ready to begin an independent life,” explained Rabbi Chaim Fridman, director of the Ohr Avner Foundation in the CIS, upon visiting the construction site. The Ohr Avner Foundation had initially helped establish the kindergarten, which is currently operating within the Day School building.
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