Jewish Community Centers to Employ Professionals from Israel

Fourteen additional Jewish Community Centers are planning to employ professional program workers from Israel next fall to help intensify the Jewish program of their agencies. Five such workers are now full-time staff members of the Centers in Boston, Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh as the result of a dual exchange program developed by the National Jewish Welfare Board and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Manuel G. Batshaw, JWB director of national services, is leaving for Israel next month to select the new workers. Last year, Mr. Batshaw interviewed 43 candidates in Israel — teachers and recreation and cultural specialists not associated with any political youth organization — before choosing the five who met the rigid qualifications established by JWB and the Youth Department of the Jewish Agency. The five now employed are working with children, teenagers, older adults and adults involved in Center programs.

The JWB Israel Seminar, which was also launched last summer as a post-graduate professional training experience for full-time American Center workers, will be sponsored again next summer by JWB and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The seminar, under the direction of Daniel Grodofsky, of JWB’s staff, will be limited to 35 workers who will spend seven weeks in Israel from July 5 to August 24.

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