JERUSALEM (Aug. 25)
About 160 teen-agers from the former Soviet Union have arrived in Israel to join Youth Aliyah educational programs around the country.
The special project, run by the Jewish Agency for Israel, encourages Russian children and their families to make aliyah.
Approximately 1,000 children are expected to participate.
The majority of the first wave of young visitors who arrived here Tuesday come from areas of ongoing hostilities in the former Soviet Union.
All of the children are assigned to temporary “foster families,” who will host them on weekends and holidays.
The Youth Aliyah program lasts for one to three years and offers classes in Hebrew, Judaism and the history of Israel.