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Hebrew Courses for U.S. Orthodox Jews to Be Conducted in Negev

The first “Ulpan,” intensive Hebrew language courses for foreigners, to be conducted at an agricultural settlement of the religious movement in Israel, opens on November 1 at Kibbutz Saad, in the northern Negev, it was announced here today by the Jewish Agency.

The Agency’s Aliyah Department, which handles the registration of Americans for all “Ulpanim,” reports that the courses at Kibbutz Saad have been arranged in response to requests from American Orthodox Jews who want to study Hebrew in Israel. Kibbutz Saad, established eight years ago, belongs to the Hapoel Hamizrachi, religious-labor Zionist movement. Its membership is made up of Americans, South Africans and Israelis.

“Ulpan” courses for Americans are sponsored by the Jewish Agency and the Israel Ministry of Education. The courses are of six months’ duration and are open to persons between 18 and 35, in good health. Room, board and tuition are free but students are required to work half days for the settlement to meet expenses. Special residential “Ulpanim” for tourists in Israel are held throughout the year at comfortable resort hotels. A fee of about $300 per person covers room, board and tuition for five months.