American Parents Urged to Send Their High School-age Children to Study in Israel

A plea to American Jewish parents to send their high school-age youngsters to the Jewish state for two years study in Israel schools was voiced tonight by Ada Maimon, member of the Israel Parliament, at a reception given in her honor by the Pioneer Women at the Hotel Statler.

A delegate to the Pioneer Women of America from the Working Women’s Council in Israel, Miss Maimon explained that, during her mission here she hopes to intensify the ties between the two organizations and to stimulate the Pioneer Woman’s $1,000,000 campaign for Moatzat Hapoalot institutions for women, children and immigrant families in Israel.

Education of American children at Israel’s schools would have a two-fold benefit, Miss Maimon said. Youngsters returning to their homes in the United States after two years of close association with Israel children would have a better understanding of Middle East problems and would strengthen relationships between America and Israel, she explained. Secondly, sore of these American youngsters might decide to remain in Israel as pioneers in new colonies, thus filling, in part, Israel’s need for trained settlers.

As a beginning of what she hopes will be a steady stream of American children to Israel’s schools, Miss Maimon announced that she is seeking parental permission to take with her on her return to Israel 50 American boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 15. These youngsters would study for two years at Ayanot, largest agricultural school in the Jewish state. Miss Maimon has been director of Ayanot for more than 15 years, providing training for immigrant youths as well as for native Israelis.

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