JERUSALEM (Aug. 31)
Thirty Jewish teen-agers from Hungary will arrive here within two weeks to begin studies at the Alonei Yitzhak youth village, according to David Hagoel, head of the Jewish Agency’s Youth Aliyah department.
Although there have been cultural exchanges in the past and Jewish youths from Hungary have made brief visits to Israel, this project is the first of its kind since the two countries took steps toward normalizing their relations.
Israel and Hungary do not have formal diplomatic ties.
The youngsters, boys and girls of 15 and 16, will spend the next school year in Israel.
All are graduates of elementary schools in Hungary but had no Jewish education and do not speak Hebrew.
They will study the language at an ulpan for the first three months and then join 11th graders in classes at the youth village.