Across the FSU: ‘Last Bell’ Ceremonies Mark a Year of Success and Challenges

Thousands of students, studying in FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish Educational Network, active in more than ten different countries across the former Soviet Union, are currently marking the end of the 2021-2022 academic year in a series of festive events traditionally named the ‘Last Bell’.

As the summer approaches, both FJC’s formal and informal educational institutions and projects across the FSU are marking the end of another academic year packed with accomplishments and success, along with the unique challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine.

The ‘Or Avner’ educational network, led by the Federation of Jewish Communities (FJC), consists of hundreds of Jewish educational institutions for Jewish children from all walks of life and socio-economic status. The network includes daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary and high schools, Sunday Hebrew Schools, afternoon frameworks, colleges, and universities as well as a wide range of extra-curriculum and enrichment programs.

The network, active in over a hundred FSU major cities and districts, has obtained a prestigious reputation thanks to its remarkable achievements in both general and Jewish studies, its dedicated and experienced staff, and its ongoing care for the students’ welfare.

Towards the end of May, and during June, each of the institutions and frameworks will be conducting the traditional end of the year ‘Last Bell’ ceremonies, bidding farewell to the graduates and marking the students’ personal accomplishments. Many of the ceremonies are attended by local dignitaries, the city’s Chief Rabbi, and hundreds of community members, parents, and guests.

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