JERUSALEM (Aug. 4)
A slight decrease in numbers of participants but an increase in the variety of groups participating in this year’s summer projects was noted by the Youth and Hechalutz Department of the World Zionist Organization. There were 8600 project participants last year compared with only 8100 this year. The sharpest decline was recorded in the number of youths coming from the U.S. However, there was a sharp increase of those coming from France–2022 compared to 1000 last year. Despite the general decrease, the variety of representatives is on the rise. Among those who came were an artists group from Canada, a theater group from Liverpool, a group of teachers from Iran, and 30 Orthodox rabbis from the U.S.