(September 23, 2019 / JNS) Bulgaria just opened its first Jewish school in 20 years.
The Ronald S. Lauder Day School in Sofia, the country’s capital, started classes on Sept. 15, named for the president of the World Jewish Congress and a major philanthropist to Jewish causes.
Currently, an estimated 6,000 Jews reside in Bulgaria.
“What do we want from the school? We want the children to be proud of being Jewish. In order to be proud, they have to know what they’re proud of, and why,” said Lauder at the school’s inauguration.
Previously, the school’s 88 student, all under the age of 12, learned at the Lauder-ORT No. 134 “Dimcho Debelianov” Jewish School in Sofia—a public school that, thanks to the Lauder Foundation, incorporated some Jewish curriculum, including Hebrew-language classes.
In 2010, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, with the Shalom Bulgarian Jewish community, founded a Jewish kindergarten, which now includes dozens of children.
JNS works around the clock to provide high-quality, pro-Israel content. We’ve taken numerous steps to improve the quality, quantity, and distribution of our content for even greater impact. We intend to keep on growing, and to do that we need your help.
Please help us take pro-Israel journalism to the next level with a tax-deductible sponsorship, either on a one-time or recurring monthly basis. Jewish News Syndicate is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.