60 Young American Jews Go to Israel for One-year Volunteer Service
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60 Young American Jews Go to Israel for One-year Volunteer Service

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Sixty young Americans left here Saturday night for a one-year mission to Israel to participate actively in the absorption program of new immigrants. The mission is under the auspices of Sherut La’am (Service to the People), an aid program fashioned after the U.S. Peace Corps.

Dr. Aryeh Nesher, an Israeli social scientist now directing the activities of Sherut La’am in North America, said upon their arrival in Israel, the youths will embark upon three months of intensive study in a kibbutz where they will study Hebrew and the social and economic problems of Israel. Later, they will be assigned to kibbutzim and to teaching positions in villages, development towns and youth aliyah centers.

The volunteers pay their own round trip transportation from New York to Israel. In Israel, they receive full maintenance allowance and pocket money. Dr. Nesher said that those selected for the group “have been chosen after severe screening tests, and have been recruited from every major city in the United States and Canada.

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