NEW YORK (Jul. 22)
More than 2,300 high school youngsters and collegians are now in Israel to participate in summer work-study projects conducted by the Jewish Agency for Israel, according to Dr. Emanuel Neumann, chairman of the Jewish Agency-American Section.
“This is the largest group of Americans — 2,353 to be exact — to participate in our Israel summer programs since they started 20 years ago,” Dr. Neumann said. There are also another 1,000 young Americans in Israel on summer projects sponsored by various Zionist organizations.
“The programs, of seven to nine weeks duration, have been designed to feature study and travel so that the young visitors will get a full and true picture of Israeli life. But this year, more than ever before in our 20-year sponsorship of these programs, they also include and emphasize some form of service to Israel,” Dr. Neumann said.
(More than 4,000 students and teachers from abroad are participating in Jewish Agency summer projects, according to figures made public in Jerusalem by the Jewish Agency. In addition to academic work, many of the students will work in collective settlements or do social work. Some of them are earning special credits from their universities for courses and research projects undertaken here. Many of the summer visitors are from Canada, South Africa, European countries and other lands.)