They are there for the Rebbe’s vision. But who is there for them? And who is there for their children? That was the dilemma for generations. Shluchim in far-flung locales had to send their children away at the earliest ages—or try to educate them at home. It was a problem with no solution.
Enter the Shluchim Online School.
A project of Chinuch Yaldei Hashluchim, a department of The Shluchim Office, the Lilian and Meyer Nigri Shluchim Online School is the Jewish world’s first full-fledged online school—and the first real answer to the shliach’s perennial question, “How will I give my kids a proper Chassidishe Jewish education?”
Evolving out of the Home School Phone School, as it was named in its early stages, initiated by Reb Mendel Shemtov and his wife Sara OBM, the Online School quickly turned into the powerhouse of chinuch that it is today.
With over 500 students and 80 teachers in over 200 daily classes from preschool through high school, and two full-time principals presiding over three schools for three international regions, the Online School is a life-saver for thousands of shluchim worldwide.
Yet considering their tight budgets, a fiscal reality made all the more pressing by the difficult economy, many shluchim cannot even afford to pay tuition.
Enter the brand-new CIS Scholarship Fund—a history-making project for a history-making project.
In an unprecedented team effort between Ohr Avner, Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar and The Shluchim Office, the contributions of two leading philanthropists – Levi Leviev and Yitzchok Michean – were solicited, and the Fund was born.
Thanks to the Scholarship Fund, every CIS shliach will receive a 50% scholarship on the second child enrolled, a 60% scholarship on the third enrolled and a dramatically-reduced 70% scholarship on the fourth and subsequent children enrolled.
But shluchim throughout the rest of the world need not feel left out—another fund is being established for shluchim outside the CIS. Details will be announced shortly once the second fund is available.
The Scholarship Fund is the outcome of the Founders Committee meeting and a joint effort between co-chairmen Motti Korf and Uri Laber and Founders Committee benefactor Ben Federman.
Still, one thing is for certain: whether it’s for shluchim in the former Soviet Union anywhere else in the world, the Shluchim Online School—and now, the two Scholarship Funds—will make all the difference in the world.