A plan to stimulate the youth in smaller Jewish communities throughout the world has been launched here by the World Union of Jewish Students. Suitably qualified volunteers will work in communities for at least a year trying to encourage interest in the communities’ own roots.
Entitled “Project Areivim,” the scheme has been launched with the blessing of the Jewish Agency. Potential host countries include Greece, Yugoslavia, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Iran, India and Singapore.
Project coordinator Talya Eichman told the JTA that in Britain alone 25 applicants have come forward in the first three weeks. Recruitment of potential community workers is also taking place in Israel and in the United States, through the Jewish Student Press Service. It is intended that the project will become operational next August.
Participants will work in education and community work and carry out documentation of the culture and history of the community. Field workers will study the needs of the communities before volunteers are placed. Host communities will be expected to arrange for accommodation and to cover the living expenses of volunteers during their period of service.
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