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June 24, 1994 - Image 51

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-06-24

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Computer Network
For Latvians

Riga, Latvia (JTA) — When Dina
Belman, a high school student at
the Simon Dubnow School in
Riga, was interested in finding
out about the history of the Holo-
caust in Latvia, she turned to her
computer.
Using telephone lines hooked
up to the computer, she was able
to connect to the Distance Learn-
ing Network, a recently created
Jewish database that also pro-
vides a communications network
with teachers around the world.
Similarly, Anotoli Freedman,
the principal of the Dubnow
School, can now "discuss" cur-
riculum development for his
school with fellow educators
throughout the world as a result
of the computer linkup.
Mr. Freedman, who also heads
the Association of Jewish Schools
in the former Soviet Union, ex-
pressed his hope that Jewish ed-
ucation would improve here as a
result of the network.
After extensive development
of the project, the Dubnow School
in Riga became the first pilot
school to be joined to the Distance
Learning Network's regional cen-
ter in Moscow — and via Moscow
to the London Center of World
ORT.
Since its founding four year
ago as the first Jewish day school
in the Soviet Union, the Dubnow
School has grown to over 500 stu-
dents. The Jewish community of
Riga numbers approximately
15,000.
In London, an extensive col-
lection of software on Jewish
themes written in Russian has
been developed for use on the net-
work.
Similar pilot programs are
scheduled to be implemented in
the near future in Minsk and
Kiev, the respective capitals of
Belarus and Ukraine.
Officials with the Distance
Learning Network are hoping
eventually to reach all Jewish
schools in the former Soviet
Union.

Israelis Barred
From Jericho

Tel Aviv (JTA)— Israelis will be
barred from the autonomous Jeri-
cho district in the West Bank
when Palestine Liberation Or-
ganization Chairman Yassir
Arafat visits there.
Maj. Gen. Ilan Biran, who
heads the Israeli army's central
command, said that the ban will
affect all Israelis, with the ex-
ception of journalists covering the
event.
He said that Route. 90, the
north-south highway that runs
from Jerusalem to Tiberias, will
be closed at Jericho.

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