NEW YORK (Jun. 27)
A group of 36 young teachers and students, the first of a party of 123, left today for Israel en an El Al plane, while another group of 52 is departing tomorrow and the remaining-35 will leave a day later. They will all participate in the Israel Summer Institute – a seven-week travel. work and study program in Israel sponsored by the Jewish Agency.
The 123 will be joined in Israel next month by 25 teen-agers, members of the U.S. and Canadian Young Judea, who will leave New York by air on July 6th. More than 100 students and teachers from Britain are also enrolled in the Institute. The Institute, a non-profit educational and cultural exchange project inaugurated in the first summer of Israel’s independence six years ago, has the largest enrollment to date, the Jewish Agency reported.
Mrs. Rose L. Halprin, acting chairman of the Jewish Agency, declared, at a farewell reception for the groups, that it has long been a tradition of American education to arrange summer tours abroad for American students. “These young people” she said, “serve a double purpose: their very presence in Israel contributes to a greater familiarity by Israelis with America, while they themselves will absorb an intimate understanding of Israel’s culture and her problems.”