JERUSALEM (Jul. 15)
Summer courses for several hundred Jewish students from the United States were opened here today under the joint sponsorship of the Jewish Agency and a number of Israel institutions. The first group of 170 students who attended today’s opening ceremony will be joined later this summer by 240 more youths due to arrive from New York.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Berl Locker, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, welcomed the students and expressed hope that at least some of them will remain in Israel. He emphasized that the young Jewish state needs not only financial and economic support but also manpower to help build the country.
Eliahu Dobkin, member of the Jewish Agency executive, told the audience that 70 American Jewish boys and girls are now completing the ten-month courses in Israel settlements launched by the Agency. He appealed to the students to “learn Israel’s way of life so that when they return home, they should be Israel’s emissaries in the circles whence they come.”