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50 U.S. Youngsters Leave for Year of Secondary Study Under Jewish Agency Program

Fifty American youngsters between the ages of 15 and 17 have left for Israel to begin a year of high school study as members of the America-Israel secondary school program of the department of education and culture of the Jewish Agency for Israel. An additional 25 will leave for Israel in August.

Tenth grade courses will be held in the Alonei Yitzhak secondary school in the Shomron Valley, about five miles from Caesarea, and Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee. The juniors will be taught at Alonei Yitzhak and the seniors at Kibbutz Sde Boker. The programs offer a full American high school curriculum, augmented by special courses in Hebrew and Israeli studies, with full academic credit accepted by American high schools.

General courses will be taught in English with the Judaica courses taught in Hebrew when possible. Courses will be given in the Hebrew language and literature, Bible, history of the Jewish people (Biblical days and Second Temple) and Israel today. The program began in 1967 with 15 enrollees.