NEW YORK (Sep. 3)
Sixty-five Americans who are going to Israel under the auspices of the World Zionist Executive and the Jewish Agency for Palestine to participate in special low-cost Hebrew language study courses, in a training program for American Jewish community youth leaders or to settle there permanently, sailed for Haifa today aboard the S/S Nassau.
The largest contingent is made up of 42 Americans and Canadians who have been awarded fellowships by the World Zionist Executive for a year’s training and study in Israel prior to assuming posts of leadership in their home communities.
The fellowship winners, travelling under the auspices of the Jewish Agency’s Youth and Chalutziut Department, will spend six months studying at the Youth Leadership Institute in Jerusalem and six months at practical work in various agricultural settlements. The group was selected from more than 100 candidates submitted from nine youth organizations in the U.S. and Canada which represent all Zionist parties as well as Zionists with no party affiliations.
Travelling with them aboard the Nassau are ten American college graduates and professionals, the vanguard of a group of 26 who have enrolled in the “Ulpan,” an intensive five-month course in the Hebrew language, hitherto restricted to immigrants but now open to tourists and other visitors from abroad. Nineteen other passengers, travelling under the auspices of the Aliyah Department of the Jewish Agency in New York, plan to remain permanently in Israel.