Council of Jewish Women Awards Fellowship in U.S. to Israeli Arab

The National Council of Jewish Women will award an $8, 830 fellowship for graduate study in the United States to an Israeli Arab of the Druze community, the organization announced today.

The fellowship, given for the academic years 1965-67, is the first in the history of the 2-year-old education and service organization to go to a non-Jew. The Council annually grants graduate fellowships to advance education and social work in Israel and Jewish communities abroad. The recipient of the grant is Yousef Kassem, a member of a prominent Druze family and a specialist in community organization with experience in working in Arab villages.

“Mr. Kassem’s reputation and experience make him particularly valuable to Israel, which is in great need of native Arab leaders to work among their own people,” said NCJW president Mrs. Joseph Willen in announcing the award. He will study social work with emphasis on community organization at the Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences in Cleveland.

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