Excitement in Georgia. The country’s small Jewish population, numbering 4,000, most of them living in the capital city of Tbilisi, is anticipating the opening the brand-new ‘Moshe Mirilashvili Education Campus’ that will be open for the upcoming school year in September 2019, thanks to the kindness and generosity of Mr. Mikhail Mirilashvili, President of the EAJC organization.
Backed by the support and influence of Mr. Mirilashvili and Rabbi Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia, the government of Georgia has granted the Jewish community a 4,000 square meter lot in the center of the city, where a state of the art 2,800 square-meter Jewish school and a 900 square-meter Jewish kindergarten are being built.
The school, opened in 2004 with 24 students operates under the support and guidance of the FJC ‘Or Avner’ Jewish educational network in the FSU, boasts 107 elementary and high school-aged students and 43 kindergarten-aged students. The ‘Or Avner’ Jewish school, the only Jewish school in Georgia, is the last stand against assimilation in a country that is rife with assimilation.
The campus will host in addition to the ‘O’r Avner’ school and Yaldei Menachem kindergarten, also an after-school and Sunday school Hebrew learning program, that currently has 150 participants of various ages.
Georgia’s historical Jewish educational campus project, estimated at $2.2 million, is mainly sponsored by Mr. Mikhail Mirilashvili, the President of the European-Asian Jewish Congress who encouraged other philanthropists to join and support the project and the revival of Jewry across Georgia.