Yad Yisroel – Matanel Kindergarten(Gan)
Yad Yisroel established the Matanel Gan in Pinsk to fill a void that characterizes Belarusian Jewry, a spiritual emptiness that came in consequence of the Holocaust and Communist rule. The Matanel Gan reaches out to the youngest target population in a bid to breathe new life into the Jewish community.
Now in its second year, the Matanel Gan takes under its protective wing Jewish boys and girls from the ages of 3-6, teaches them Hebrew, tefilot, brachot and parshot hashavua and introduces them to Jewish customs such as: lighting the Shabbat candles and Hanukkah menorah, exchanging mishlochei manot on Purim and the festive lel haseder on Pessach. Through the mesirut nefesh of the gananot, the children are filled with the joy of the Sahabbatot and chagim and get a first taste of true Yiddishkeit.
The program’s initial success is demonstrated by its plans to expand. A new site with a playground will soon open in the center of the city with the aim to attract more Jewish children.
Thanks to Yad Yisroel’s Matanel Gan, the next generation of Belarusian Jewry as a whole and the Pinsk Jewish community in particular have a chance for Jewish revival.