NEW YORK (Jan. 28)
Fifty four American undergraduate students left today for Israel to participate in a one-semester 15 credit study program at Tel Aviv University. The program is sponsored by the University of Maryland, Tel Aviv University, and the American Zionist Youth Foundation. This is the first fully accredited semester program sponsored by an American college at Tel Aviv University. Yesterday, 20 American and Canadian students, ages 18 to 29, left for a one-year Sherut La’am service in Kibbutz Maayan Baruch in Northern Israel. This was the first group of Sherut La’am participants leaving for Israel this year. In addition to its college graduate programs and kibbutz programs, Sherut La’am this year introduced a program for technical and vocational service. College graduates, undergraduates and high school graduates with specific vocational and technical training and experience will be placed in jobs in their field for a year. Sherut La’am, sponsored by the AZYF, was initiated five years ago to enable young Americans and Canadians to take part in the development of Israel and become acquainted with the new social forms being developed in that country.